The Critical Role of ABS Brakes

There’s a common misconception that anti-lock brakes (ABS brakes) help you stop faster. That’s not always the case on loose gravel or snowy surfaces. In fact, the role of ABS brakes is to help you maintain control of your vehicle in an emergency braking situation. Imagine you are driving on a snowy CO road. You need to…

The Importance of Exhaust System Services at Dakota Ridge Auto

Driving around Littleton, we’ve all heard a car or truck that needs a new muffler. But there’s more to the exhaust system than just the muffler. The exhaust system has three main functions: Safely get hot exhaust gas from the engine out the tailpipe Treat the exhaust to remove harmful pollutants Muffle the engine noise…

What Does the EVAP System Do for Your Vehicle?

Your vehicle’s oil and fuel give off vapors that are harmful to the environment. That’s why evaporative emissions control systems – EVAP for short – are mandated in all cars and trucks. The EVAP system is there to capture these vapors and direct them into the engine to be burned – kind of like an…

What Does the Tire Pressure Warning Light Mean?

Here at Dakota Ridge Auto in Littleton, we understand that vehicles these days come with all kinds of warning lights that can be confusing to decipher. However, if your tire pressure warning light comes on, it means just what you think – that one or more of your tires has low air pressure. The dashboard…

What’s So Important About Your Car Thermostat? Plenty.

Your car thermostat is an important part of your cooling system. As our experts at Dakota Ridge Auto can explain, the vehicle’s thermostat performs a similar function to the thermostat in your home. At home, you set your thermostat to maintain a comfortable temperature range. When your home gets too hot, the air conditioning kicks…

Can I Put Off Replacing My Engine Air Filter?

What’s the harm in putting off replacing my engine air filter a little longer? It’s a question we hear often. According to our Dakota Ridge Auto experts in Littleton, this is a fair question because the harm takes a while to manifest. What an Engine Air Filter Does The air all around us contains dust,…

The Many Jobs of Your Car’s Serpentine Belt

You know that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine? It’s called the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine as it turns. It powers your alternator, air conditioning compressor and power steering pump. On some vehicles, it also runs the water pump, radiator fan and power brakes. Sounds…

The Radiator Fan, What You Need to Know

If you’re old enough, you’ve heard the term “fan belt.” Back in the day, the radiator fan in your vehicle was turned by a belt driven by the engine. There are still belt driven fans, although most are now driven by the serpentine belt. But most vehicles now have electric fans that draw fresh air…

How and Where to Select the Best Used Auto Parts

If there’s something wrong with your car and it needs repair, you might think about skipping the mechanic and saving a few bucks with used auto parts. When you take on such a big task as tinkering with your car engine, it’s vital that you look in the right places for quality parts, especially if…

The Importance of an Oil Change

An oil change at Dakota Ridge Auto in Littleton, Colorado sounds simple, but there are some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge. Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly, literally: petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear…
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