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Vent Cleaning

Ever get musky odors coming from your car’s air vents? It’s fairly common for Littleton drivers. Moisture can accumulate in the air conditioning/heating ventilation system allowing mold, mildew, fungus and bacteria to grow. Disinfecting and deodorizing is a process. Depending on how bad the problem is, there are a couple of approaches Dakota Ridge Auto…
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Simple Answers from Dakota Ridge Auto for Littleton: Tire Rotation and Balancing

Question How do I know when I should get my tires rotated and balanced? Answer The interval for tire rotation could depend on a recommendation from either the tire manufacturer or the vehicle maker.  The interval is typically around 5,000 miles but could range from 3,000 to 8,000 miles.  The background question is why do…
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Prevent Costly Repairs

You’ve probably seen auto parts delivery trucks in Littleton making their rounds. Every part has a story behind it. Unfortunately, some of the stories are tales of repairs that could have been prevented. One stop may be to deliver an engine air filter and a mass air flow sensor for a customer’s pick-up. His service…
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Transfer Case Service

You may not know much about transfer cases, but if you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, you’ve got one.  It makes sure you have power available for both the front and rear axles.  For example, if you have a rear-wheel drive SUV, power goes to the rear wheels until you need 4-wheel drive.  That’s when…
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Are You Going Nuts? (Lug Nut Replacement)

If your vehicle has a few years on it, you’ve no doubt had your tires rotated a few times. That means, of course, that a technician has loosened the lug nuts (which hold the wheels on) to remove the wheels and then put them back on.  Many vehicles have lug bolts that go through the…
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Trailer Wheel Bearings

You try to take real good care of your vehicle. But there is something that you may be overlooking: wheel bearings on your trailer. Whether it’s a small utility trailer or toy hauler up to a big work trailer, boat or camp trailer, they all have wheels with bearings that need to be serviced from…
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Simple Answers from Dakota Ridge Auto for Littleton: Water Pump

Simple Answers Service Intervals Question: My water pump went out and it cost much more to replace than ones I’ve had replaced in the past. My Littleton technician said it’s because of where it’s located. Why is that? Dakota Ridge Auto Answer: Some water pumps are driven by the serpentine belt and are bolted on…
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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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The Dakota Ridge Auto Guide to Proper Fluids

If you’ve walked through the automotive fluids section of an auto parts store, you’ll know how overwhelming the sheer number of products available can be.  How do you know what’s right for your vehicle? As you know, these fluids all serve a function in making your car run.  Your vehicle manufacturer has specified a particular…
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Simple Answers from Dakota Ridge Auto for Littleton: High Mileage Vehicles

Question: What do I need to do for my high mileage vehicle? Answer: This question gets asked a lot more these days.  The median age for vehicles on the road is now over 11 years.  Regardless of your reason for keeping your vehicle around, the good news is that it’s capable of going 150,000 to…