Top Reasons Your Car Won’t Start

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It can be extremely frustrating when you hop in your vehicle, turn the key in the ignition and it won’t start! While dead batteries are the usual suspect for a car not starting, that is not always the root cause of the issue.

Here are some of the top reasons why your car won’t start.

Dead Battery

As we just said, the battery is usually the main culprit. In particular when the weather is either very cold or very hot, a dead battery is usually the most likely cause.

How to know if it is your battery? The first thing you need to do is check your car lights by turning them on and off. If your car lights are dim or fail to come on at all, your battery needs to be charged. You may also want to look under the hood at the battery itself and see if there is any corrosion on the terminals or a loose connection. You can clean the battery posts or tighten the connections if this is the issue.

If the issue is truly the battery, it is usually fixed by jump starting your car according to the manufacturers recommended procedures. When that doesn’t remedy the issue, we recommend you bring your car into an auto repair shop that has ASE certified technicians.

Electrical System Issues

There are many potential issues in your electrical system in your car that may cause your car not to start, ranging from loose connections to issues with the comptuer. The only way to properly diagnose this is to being your car in for a full diagnostic evaluation at an auto repair shop.

Faulty Auto Ignition System

Something as simple as a faulty ingition switch may be the cause of your vehicle not starting. One way to know if there is an issue with this is if when you turn the key in the ignition, most cars will have warning lights turn on or flash on and flash. If there are no lights, you may have a problem with the ignition switch.

Other Starting Issues

There are many other potential issues that may cause your car not to start, to include:

– Bad Alternator: This means that your car’s battery can’t stay fully charged and won’t replenish the power to start your car.
– Damp Conditions: When you are in a very wet environment, moisture on your spark plugs or other components may cause issues with your car starting.

If you experience repeated issues with your car not starting, and a simple jump start of your car doesn’t fix it, please stop by our shop and have your car fully inspected immediately.

If you’d like to have you battery tested or your vehicle looked over in general, contact us online or call us at 303.347.1010

How Far Can You Drive With A Spare Tire

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Driving around Littleton and getting a flat tire can be both frustrating and inconvenient. Often, people are too busy to get a flat fixed and continue to keep filling it with air for as long as they can. While riding around on a flat is not advised, using spare ties as a safety net can be your best option. However, how long you can drive on a spare tire depends on a few factors. Difference Between Spare Tire and Regular Tire Temporary tires are different than your everyday regular tires. Because of how the two types of tires are made is so different makes their life span very different as well. Spare tires are usually composed of one thin layer of polyester in the sidewall and two belts of steel in the tread. This causes them to not have the …… ( more )

5 Spring Maintenance Tips for your Vehicle

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Spring has officially arrived in Littleton! As we look forward to sunny days and road trips, it’s important to remember that changing seasons mean changing conditions for your vehicle. As we wrap up National Car Care Month, take time to make sure your vehicle is prepared for spring: 1. Antifreeze Antifreeze isn’t only important during freezing winter nights. This fluid, also known as coolant, prevents the engine from overheating all year! As temperatures rise during the spring, make sure the coolant and cooling system are working properly. 2. A/C temperature and check As the days get warmer in Colorado, you’re more likely to turn on the air conditioning in the spring and summer. Problems may have appeared during the winter while you weren’t using the a/c. Make sure the system is tested and ready to keep you cool and comfortable on the …… ( more )

National Nutrition Month Food Drive! Benefiting Meals on Wheels

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March is National Nutrition Month! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics hosts this campaign each year to draw attention to the importance of food choices and habits to live a healthy life. But for many in our community, simply getting a nutritious meal can be challenging. One in six seniors faces the threat of hunger. Which is why TLC Meals on Wheels is committed to serving the people in our community healthy meals every day! TLC Meals on Wheels serves individuals in Littleton and Englewood, encompassing 95 square miles and delivering approximately 400 meals per day. Learn more about the meal delivery program here. In addition to their meal delivery program, TLC Meals on Wheels also provides a grocery program for clients in need. They currently serve 135 people with 2 bags of nonperishable groceries on the 2nd Saturday of …… ( more )

5 Reasons for the Check Engine Light

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When the check engine light comes on in your vehicle, bring it into Keller Bros. Auto Repair right away! You should always treat this light seriously, but it doesn’t always mean expensive repairs. There are many reasons the check engine light could appear on your dashboard. Here are five common reasons that the check engine light comes on: Oxygen Sensor. When fuel is moved into the engine, it is combined with air. This sensor make sure it operates at the correct ratio of fuel and air. When the ratio is incorrect, you may see a significant drop in your gas mileage. Don’t ignore an issue with the oxygen sensor – it may cause more damage to the engine or catalytic converter. Gas Cap. A common mistake, like leaving the gas cap too lose after filling your tank, can trigger this light. …… ( more )

Flashing Check Engine Light – Pull Over!

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For many drivers, a check engine light can cause instant panic. There are many reasons for this dashboard warning light to appear. That means uncertainty – what is the problem, how bad is it, and what should I do? Don’t Ignore a Check Engine Light! This warning light appears for a reason, and ignoring it could lead to much more extensive damage, in some cases causing thousands of dollars in engine repairs. But addressing early could instead mean simple maintenance. Our auto repair experts can diagnose the problem and get you back on the road safely – call our Littleton auto repair shop at 303-347-1010. If your check engine light is flashing, find a safe place to pull over as soon as possible. Flashing warning lights should be taken seriously. Flashing usually indicates a problem where the safety of the vehicle …… ( more )

Christmas Blessings for Two Families

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And the Winners Are… Customer Appreciation Drawing!

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Today, I’m excited to announce the winners of the Keller Bros. Customer Appreciation Drawing! Every guest who visited Keller Bros. during November received a ticket to be entered into a drawing for one of 8 prizes. From all of the tickets we received, we drew 8 winners! Night on the Town! This special package includes dinner at Angelo’s Taverna, dessert at the Melting Pot, and a movie for two at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema! Winner: Travis Ryan Avalanche Tickets! Win two tickets for the January 14 Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators game – club level seats! Winner: Dan Lebel Dinner and Movie! Experience a movie at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema with two tickets, popcorn, and drinks. Winner: Tina Shoemaker Keller Bros. Gift Certificate! Two winners will receive a $50 gift certificate for any vehicle service. Winners: Kathy Golding & Eddie Mullison …… ( more )

Customer Appreciation Giveaway!

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Have you heard the news? November is Customer Appreciation Month at Keller Bros. Auto Repair! All month long, we’re finding ways to show you our appreciation, from Thursday morning breakfast to special savings and gifts. There are so many ways to join the celebration, but I want to make sure you don’t miss one thing we’re very excited about… Keller Bros. Customer Appreciation Giveaway! Every guest who visits Keller Bros. this month will receive a ticket to be entered into a drawing for one of 8 prizes. No purchase required! Simply stop by the shop and ask for your ticket. You’ll have a chance to win: Night on the Town! This special package includes dinner, dessert, and a movie for two! Avalanche Tickets! Win two tickets for the January 14 Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators game – club level seats! Dinner …… ( more )

Winter is Coming! Prepare your Vehicle

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