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303-766-9227 | 16695 E Smoky Hill Rd Aurora, CO 80015

Basic Auto Care Many Drivers Miss

Basic Auto Care Many Drivers Miss

Fluids and lubricants rank among the most neglected items when it comes to basic auto care, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

Community car care events held throughout the country found that the top-three fluids most likely to be low or contaminated are windshield washer fluid in 26 percent of inspected vehicles, followed by engine oil at 23 percent and coolant at 19 percent.

Windshield washer fluid keeps dirt and debris from collecting on a vehicle's windshield, allowing the driver full visibility and making it an essential safety item. Windshield washer fluid should be checked monthly and drivers should use a fluid that is specially formulated for their climate.

Engine oil lubricates the moving parts of a vehicle's engine, helping keep the engine clean and preventing wear and overheating. Neglecting to change a vehicle's oil can lead to costly repairs, including replacement. Engine oil levels should be checked frequently and changed per the owner's manual.

Coolant absorbs heat from the engine and dissipates it through the radiator and heat exchanger. Because coolant breaks down over time, neglecting it can lead to corrosion, rust and engine overheating. Flushing and replacing coolant every six to 12 months, depending upon climate, will help prevent costly repairs.

"Checking fluids and lubricants is easy to put off, but each is critical to your vehicle running properly and safely," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "The good news is that they are easy to check and inexpensive to replace. Whether you do it yourself or visit a trusted technician, be sure to inspect your vehicle for any possible signs of trouble so you can address minor service needs before they turn into major repairs."

Source: Car Care Council


What Our Customers Are Saying

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I traveled from Las Vegas to Aurora Colorado and coming over the Pass my ABS lights came on and I was concerned so I researched places to take my car to be checked out and would take my extended warranty. Craig was very kind when I called so i decided to go there 1. because of his kindness and 2. His reviews. While having my car at the shop they found my alternator was bad . he called the warranty company and stayed on the line until he got a live person on the line . His staff was amazing and had my car ready for me in just a couple hours . They car runs great and it is ready to head back home without any worries. I highly recommend Smoky Hill Auto Service Center. Thank you Craig and your staff for helping me and getting my car safe for the road trip home.

, 06/15/2020

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I trust Craig immensely. Service has been consistently superb and timely and pricing has been reasonable. My wife loves this place. Would highly recommend Craig and his mechanics for your auto servicing needs.

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Great staff and reasonable prices. They have taken great care of my cars for years! What more can you ask for?

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Great people great prices. I brought my car in cause my head light was out and didn't have the piece to get the bulb out and they did it for free then I went to get my brakes done and got a great price. Everything is straight forward and they will take care of you. I will continue to bring my car here. Thank you guys

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I have had the timing belt replaced, my brakes done, and a few other things fixed at Smokey Hill Auto Service and I have no complaints what-so-ever. They have always done a great job! No complaints at all.

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Brought my car in for 60K scheduled maintenance. They did a great job, communicated well and did it a very fair price without trying to sell me unnecessary services. This is a shop you can trust, and that's hard to find.

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