What is synthetic oil and should I use it?

DAKOTA RIDGE AUTO: Regular oil, also called conventional oil, comes from dead dinosaurs. Conventional oil molecules are long hydrocarbon chains of various lengths. Imagine a bunch of pencils – some used and some brand new. Synthetic oil is often more highly refined petroleum-based oil. The molecules are shorter and closer to the same length. Think…

Ever wondered how power steering on your vehicle actually works?

At Dakota Ridge Auto, we recognize that many drivers in Colorado have never operated a car without power steering. That’s because power steering has been a standard system in cars for about 50 years. Without power steering, driving would be a tough workout. Be sure to maintain your car’s power steering parts to avoid unnecessary…

The difference between synthetic and regular motor oil

Do you wonder if you should use synthetic oil instead of regular motor oil? At Dakota Ridge Auto in Littleton, Colorado, we make sure customers understand the difference between synthetic and regular motor oil before getting an oil change. Synthetic oil is the newer oil scientifically engineered to optimize your engine’s performance while regular motor…

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

DAKOTA RIDGE AUTO: It means that one or more of your tires has low air pressure. The dashboard warning light, which looks like a cross-section of a tire with some lines in it, comes on when the tire pressure is 20% below what the manufacturer recommends. So if your recommendation is for 35 psi (pounds…

Air Conditioning

Let’s talk about air conditioning service and repair issues.  Most of us don’t give our air conditioning a second thought if it’s making cold air.  But it’s a complex and expensive system that we should think about before it starts blowing hot air. The refrigerant in the air conditioner contains a special oil that lubricates…

Timing Belt

DAKOTA RIDGE AUTO: Let’s address a very important maintenance item for everyone in Littleton Colorado – timing belt replacement. It’s important because letting this one slide can lead to very expensive engine damage. Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open…

How ABS Brakes Work and Why They Are Important

The anti-lock braking system is a safety feature that helps you maintain control of your vehicle in the event of an emergency braking. It usually plays an essential role in preventing the wheel from locking up during braking, consequently, ensuring that the vehicle maintains maximum stability on the road surface. However, for it to work…

E85 Fuel Safety For Littleton Drivers

This Dakota Ridge Auto automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: Littleton fire fighting experts. You’ve probably heard of E85 gasoline. Some newer vehicle models sold in CO are specifically built to run on E85 – the rest are not. E85 gasoline has been developed to fight air pollution and reduce oil…

Why is the tire pressure warning light on?

Today’s cars come equipped with a warning light that indicates when your tire pressure drops 20% below the manufacturer recommended PSI (pounds per square inch.) A pressure this low creates a safety hazard by decreasing traction and causing the tire to overheat which can lead to tire failure. It also wears your tires unevenly which…
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