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How do I know when I need a wheel alignment?

When Littleton drivers’ wheels are properly aligned they all point in the same direction. When they are out of alignment, most Colorado drivers notice a couple of things. First the vehicle pulls to one side when driving. It could be slight or pretty severe. If your wheels have been out of alignment for a while,…

Used Vehicle Inspection

It’s always exciting to get a new car – even when it’s used. But it can feel like you’re going out on a limb a bit when you buy a used vehicle. I mean, people sell vehicles for a lot of reasons. Maybe they just wanted a new car, maybe there was something wrong with…
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Change Your Oil

As engine technology advances, recommended oil change intervals have gotten longer. High quality oil in a well-engineered engine has led to extended intervals. Here’s the problem: With longer oil change intervals, it’s for Littleton to follow them closely. Back in the day of 3 months or 3,000 miles (4,500 kilometers), if you went an extra…
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Alternator

Your alternator makes electricity to start and run your engine and all the electrical systems in your vehicle. That’s everything from the on-board computers to the turn signals. And of course, there is the entertainment system, seat heaters, power windows, and everything you plug into the power outlets. After your alternator makes enough electricity to…

Battery Upgrade

When that car battery finally gives up the ghost and it’s time to replace it – you have options.  First let’s be clear that you should always get a replacement battery that meets or exceeds your vehicle manufacturer’s specifications.  But you may have some special needs. When they first put the battery into your vehicle…

Simple Answers from Dakota Ridge Auto Littleton: Selecting Tires

I need new tires. How do I know which tires to get? Dakota Ridge Auto Answer: Let’s look at selecting new tires in light of three factors: Function, Fit, and Value. Function: This gets at what your needs are for new tires: weather conditions, terrain, temperatures, etc. New family vehicles sold in CO come with…

What are the signs that I need a brake job?

Signs of brake problems often fall into one of two categories for Littleton vehicles: making noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal. Let’s start with the noise. Most brake pads have an audible brake wear indicator. This is a small piece of metal that rubs on your brake rotor when the brake pads are…

Tire Rotation and Balancing

You can make your vehicle tires last longer with regular tire rotation and wheel balancing. Let’s start with tire rotation. In normal driving around Littleton CO, your front tires wear more on the shoulders because they handle much of the cornering forces in turns. Front-wheel drive vehicles have even more force on the front tires.…
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Cabin Air Filter

DAKOTA RIDGE AUTO: Let’s talk about cabin air filters. There seems to be some confusion about them in Littleton that we should be able to clear up. Much of the confusion starts because cabin air filters are relatively new. Not all vehicles in Littleton have them, so some people confuse their cabin air filter with…

Fuel Filter

The function of a fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory.  It filters your fuel.  The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine.  Both gas and diesel vehicles use fuel filters. There’s not a lot of dirt in the fuel supply, but there is enough that you want…
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