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…

Heater Core

Littleton drivers may wonder where the air in a vehicle’s passenger compartment comes from. Well, as your engine starts to warm up, it also warms the coolant/antifreeze that circulates around the engine and through the radiator. There is also a hose that carries coolant/antifreeze from the engine to the heater core and another that takes it back into the…

Ask a Dakota Ridge Auto Tech: Check Engine Light

Dakota Ridge Auto Tech Question: Hi, my name is Alex. My check engine light came on in my car. I’ve tried several things to make it go off but nothing has worked. What should I do? Dakota Ridge Auto Answer: Many of us Littleton drivers have experienced a check engine light coming on suddenly. We’re frustrated because…

What’s the Big Deal About Distracted Driving?

When asked, most people think they are good at multi-tasking and don’t have an issue with distracted driving. Scientific studies, however, reveal that only around 2% of the population can truly demonstrate the capacity to effectively multi-task. For the rest of us who are not so biologically wired, no amount of practice can increase our…

Deep Breathing in Littleton: Engine Air Filter

Your vehicle engine relies on clean air to operate efficiently. However, it takes about 12,000 liters of air to burn one liter of gas in your vehicle’s engine. And all of us Littleton drivers know that clean air is much better than dirty. When your engine air filter is dirty, it simply can’t trap any more dirt, so the…

Your Cooling System – Dakota Ridge Auto Tech Q&A

Question for the Dakota Ridge Auto Techs: I was driving down 470, headed home to Littleton and smoke started coming out of my car. I pulled over and called for a tow to a mechanic. Turns out my car had overheated. What can I do to prevent this from happening in the future? Answer Regarding…

Don’t Overlook Your Car Windows to Keep Clear of Danger

When we drive around Littleton, Colorado, it’s important for us to be able to see well. That means, of course, keeping our car windows as crystal clear as we can. If you’ve ever driven your car directly into bright sunlight, you know dirty, scratched or fogged windows can render you almost completely blind. Not a…

Power Steering, Everything You Need to Know

Power steering is one of the things we Littleton, Colorado drivers take for granted in our vehicles. Let’s look at two areas: first, the power assist and second, the actual parts that steer the vehicle. Giving You the Power to Steer In Littleton, most drivers under the age of 40 have never driven a vehicle…
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