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5 Reasons To Keep Your Car Well-Maintained

Thanks for visiting the Dakota Ridge Auto, auto care blog. Today’s post lists 5 important reasons Littleton drivers should follow recommended maintenance schedules. Be Safe A well-maintained car doesn’t put you and your passengers at unnecessary risk. Think brakes, headlamps, tires. Get Better Fuel Economy Regular maintenance is an investment in optimum fuel economy. Inadequate…
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Do You Know About Disc Brakes

Racing legend Richard Petty once said, “If you’ve got good brakes you can stay out of a lot of trouble.” If you’re hearing unusual sounds when you brake or if your brake pedal is feeling squishy or too hard, have us do a disc brake inspection for you. We’ll tell you if there’s something wrong…
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Dakota Ridge Auto Advice on Synthetic Oil

Heard of synthetic motor oil but would like to learn more information?  Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for conventional oil. Synthetic doesn’t gel or gum-up like conventional oil and it doesn’t vaporize as easily.  It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and go driving as well as in very hot or…
automatic transmission repair


Let’s talk about your transmission. Transmissions are heavy duty pieces of equipment that are designed to last a long time for most Littleton drivers. But like any other machine, they’ll eventually wear out and need repair. So let’s focus on what you can do to push that day off as far as possible. The first…
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Spark Plugs

The days when you changed your spark plugs every couple of years has ended.  Back in the day, spark plugs really did wear out that often.  A couple of things are different now.  First, spark plugs are made of better materials that last longer and they’re designed better.  The second reason that plugs used to…
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Dakota Ridge Auto Tech Question on Your Head Gasket

Question My name is Landon.  A bought a new minivan and it started smoking out the tail pipe.  They said my head gasket went out.  What can I do to prevent this from happening again? Answer The head gasket fits between the top of the engine and the cylinder head.  Its job is to seal…
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Your axles are the last link in transferring power from the engine to your wheels.  They’re strong parts that last a long time – but they can run into trouble. Axles just wear out over time and need to be replaced.  And sometimes axle seals leak, causing the axle to wear out prematurely.  Lubricant leaks…
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Heater Core

You may have wondered where the warm air in your 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…
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Air Blend Box

Littleton drivers push a few buttons or turn some knobs, and voila! They have air blowing on their feet or cool air chilling their face. But how does all that happen? Well, it’s all thanks to the air blend box. This box lives behind your dash and helps direct the right temperature of air where…
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Drum Brakes

Brakes that work properly are essential to your safety as you drive and stop on our Littleton streets. You want to carefully maintain your brakes. In vehicles equipped with drum brakes, the brake components are housed inside a drum that rotates with the wheel. When you step on the brake pedal, brake shoes push out…