Planning a Road Trip? Why you need a Pre-Trip Inspection

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Whether you are planning one last summer road trip or you’re sending a child off to college across the country, road trips can be stressful. While they are a great way to see the country and explore, road trips can also mean unexpected surprises, varying road conditions, and lots of miles on your car in a short amount of time.

Stay safe on the journey — BEFORE you hit the road, make sure your car is up to the task!

Most common Road-Trip Breakdowns

According to one road side maintenance company, the top causes of breakdowns on the road include:Avoid stressful breakdowns with proper preventative maintenance and a pre-trip inspection from the auto repair experts and Keller Bros. Auto Repair in Littleton.

  • Dead or faulty battery
  • Flat tire
  • Faulty Alternator
  • Starter
  • Fuel problems
  • Clutch cables
  • Spark plugs

Ready for the good news? ALL of these factors can be avoided with proper preventative maintenance!

A trained technician can spot the warning signs of an aging battery or failing clutch, run tests or diagnostics if needed, and recommend the car repair services needed to keep your vehicle running. Each of the seven causes above can be avoided with proper attention and regular maintenance.

Stop by our auto repair shop in Littleton for a Pre-Trip Inspection before your next road trip. The ASE-Certified technicians at Keller Bros. will thoroughly inspect your vehicle to make sure it will keep your family safely on the road for your trip!

Our experienced technicians will even teach you about the key warning signs to watch for on the road. At the first sign, bring your vehicle to a reliable auto repair shop or call our team at 303-347-1010 to avoid breakdowns on your road trip.

Don't get caught on the side of the road - come to Keller Bros. Auto Repair in Littleton for an inspection before your next road trip. If you Breakdown

If you have an emergency on the road, use caution and follow these steps for What to Do if your car breaks down on the road. Have your vehicle serviced by a reputable auto repair shop, like Keller Bros. Auto Repair, with certified technicians and reliable parts covered by a good warranty. Don’t get stuck taking your car to a shady garage or a price-gouging dealership – you’ll end up spending more money on rip-off priced repairs to fix problems that could have been prevented before you left.

Keller Bros. Auto Repair is committed to keeping you safely on the road – we’ll help you arrange a tow, diagnose and repair any problems that occur with your vehicle, and help you avoid emergencies with proper preventative maintenance!

Road trips are an exciting part of summer and heading back-to-school, but make sure your car is equipped to handle all the conditions the road may throw at it. Stop by our shop or call 303-347-1010 to schedule your pre-trip inspection!

How to Change a Flat Tire

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Let’s face it – flat tires happen. No matter how careful you may be, any car can succumb to an unexpected flat. But you can be prepared! Car manufacturers have made the tire change process simple so that virtually anyone can do it. And with our guide, you can be confident in your ability to change a flat tire! Before you head out for a long drive, or even your regular commute, check your spare tire. You can’t replace a flat tire with a flat spare! You can also look at your tires – if you see any worn spots or skimpy tread, invest in new tires. You can even stop by our shop for a full inspection before any big road trips! But even the most prepared drivers can encounter unexpected flats – not to fear! With this guide, …… ( more )

What to do if your Vehicle is Overheating

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An overheating engine can be one of the most stressful roadside emergencies a driver experiences. What should you do if your vehicle starts overheating? Watch for warning signs. If the temperature gauge starts rising rapidly, pull over. If steam (often looks like smoke) starts coming out from under the hood, pull over. If your engine starts making unusual noises, pull over. If the check engine light comes on, pull over. Find a safe location. Pull over as quickly as you can safely. If you are on a busy street, find a safe place to park your vehicle. Stay calm and do not put your family or other drivers in danger. Wait. Avoid the impulse to open the hood right away. If the engine has reached a very high temperature, you could burn yourself while opening the hood to look. Instead, …… ( more )

Colorado votes Keller Bros. Best Auto Repair in the State

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At Keller Bros., we’ve always believed that we don’t work in a repair shop, we work in a community… and that our job isn’t fixing cars, it’s taking care of our neighbors. Which is why we are incredibly honored to be recognized by our neighbors as the “Best of Colorado.” Keller Bros. Auto Repair was recognized by voters, including readers of Colorado Biz magazine and business owners across Colorado, in this year’s “Best of Colorado” list as Best Car Service: Repair! In fact, so many votes were entered for Keller Bros. in the “Car Service” category that Colorado Biz created a brand new “Best of Auto Repair” category to properly tally the votes.  Keller Bros. has sought to be the most honest and ethical place you can take your car. Which is why we are incredibly grateful for our community’s votes …… ( more )

Reduce your Vehicle’s Carbon Footprint

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Earth day is here, so we’re devoting this blog to ways to make your vehicle more green! We’re not talking green fender covers… here are real tips to reduce the carbon footprint from your vehicle. First, check your gas cap. It’s often the biggest culprit to wasting fuel. Gas caps need to be changed every 4 years, or the seal inside may go bad and no longer hold air. The gasoline vapors evaporate when it’s warm, escape your fuel tank, and go straight into the environment! When was the last time you replaced your vehicle’s gas cap? Next time you visit Keller Bros. Auto Repair, ask our certified technicians to take a look at your gas cap. We’ll quickly test it to make sure it holds a seal. If it doesn’t, have it fixed before it costs you more money …… ( more )

Oil Changes support MaxFund Dog and Cat shelters

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Keller Bros. is proud to partner with MaxFund to help your oil changes do more! With Hump Day is Help Day, your preventative maintenance has a positive impact on the community we all love and call home. Every Wednesday and Thursday, Keller Bros. will donate $5 from EVERY full-priced oil change to MaxFund. We’re proud to support Max Fund, the only no-kill animal shelter in Denver. MaxFund is an animal rescue, shelter, and clinic all in one. Not only do they take in dogs and cats in need, they house, feed, and vet them to get them back to health and help connect these animals with foster families and permanent homes through adoption. We’re your community shelter. This place is my heart. – Nanci Suro, Cofounder/Director of MaxFund Just like Keller Bros., the staff and volunteers at MaxFund live and love …… ( more )

Four Common Spring Road Hazards

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It is officially spring in Littleton! Between sunny days and snow showers, we know that spring weather in Colorado is anything but predictable. As you prepare for spring activities and road trips, make sure your vehicle is prepared for any condition. Here are four common hazards on the spring roads in Colorado: Potholes. Rapidly changing temperatures means that snow and ice will freeze and thaw in the roads… leaving behind huge potholes. These hazards not only make your rides bumpy and uncomfortable, they put your vehicle at risk. Hitting a pothole can damage your vehicle’s tires, wheels, alignment, and suspension. Swerving to avoid a pothole can also put you at risk for a car accident. Stay safe by avoiding potholes when possible. Hit a pothole? Come in right away for an alignment inspection to avoid further damage to your vehicle …… ( more )

Celebrate like Champs with FREE Services

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Super Bowl 50 kept us on the edge of our seats yesterday… and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results! Go Broncos! Terry and Margret were so overjoyed with the victory, they’ve lost their minds… they are giving away services for FREE all week! It’s the biggest Super Bowl celebration Keller Bros. has ever seen… Grinding or screeching brakes? Come in for a FREE brake inspection! Check engine light on? Have the code read for FREE! Bumpy roads or trouble steering? Get a FREE Alignment check! Noise, smell, or funny sound? Check it out for FREE! Need an oil change? We’ll upgrade it to a full service for FREE! Flat tire? Stop by for a FREE flat repair! Have a question about your vehicle? Ask us — advice and diagnostics are free too! Not enough? We also have FREE …… ( more )

Car Warranty Myths You Need to Know

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All warranties are the same. You don’t need a warranty. You definitely need to purchase the dealer’s extended warranty. We’ve heard it all, and we’re sure you have too. So what’s the truth? What do you need to know about warranties for your vehicle? The truth is not all warranties are the same. New cars often come with a manufacturer’s warranty. These typically cover repairs that are due to manufacturing errors but exclude anything that may be attributed to normal wear and tear or driver error. (Look at the details in your warranty, ask your manufacturer to explain the exact terms, or call our team at 303-347-1010 – we’ll help you understand the terms of your vehicle’s specific warranty.) In order to maintain your new car warranty, most manufacturers require documentation of regular maintenance, including oil changes. Vehicle owners must follow …… ( more )

5 Car Myths BUSTED!

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When it comes to taking care of your vehicle without spending a fortune, there are many myths that claim to offer money-saving tips… but when are these worth considering, and which are pure bologna? David Rogers spoke with Ken Clark of Fox 31 for a segment on Good Morning Colorado to address 5 common car care myths: Myth 1: You need to replace two tire at once, never just one. It depends on the type of drive your vehicle has (all wheel, rear wheel, four wheel drive) and the condition of the other tires. Tires are like shoes – you need pairs that match so you can stay firmly on the ground. Myth 2: To keep your warranty valid, you have to go to the dealership to perform maintenance. The Magnusson Moss Warranty Act 1975 states that dealers cannot require …… ( more )