Mechanical Belts 101

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The job of a mechanical belt is to act as a source of motion, transmitting power to various engine components to ensure proper timing of moving parts and connect key systems. Here are a few different types of belts your vehicle depends on to function properly:

Timing Belt – also known as synchronous belts, these are responsible for timing the moving parts within your engine. If any parts are out of sync, the entire production can fail so it’s important for timing belts to be operating at a high level at all times.

Serpentine Belt – this belt connects the alternator, power steering and A/C, thereby ensuring proper power reaches these key accessories.

Alternator Belt – this powers your vehicle’s electrical components and recharges your battery. It makes sure that proper power levels and an adequate charge is maintained.

All of these belts are typically made from firm rubber. Because car engines create a high level of heat while running, belts will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. When this happens you should get it taken care of quickly to keep your car operating properly.

Warning signs for aging belts aren’t always obvious, so it’s recommended that you consult your auto repair technicians if you suspect one of your belts might not be working properly. Be sure to call us at (303) 347-1010 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your mechanical belts!

MAKING THE GRADE: Which Octane is best for your car?

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When most drivers in Colorado fill up the gas tank, they probably select the cheapest price, paying little or no attention to the octane number. While cost is typically a major concern when purchasing gas, the lowest and cheapest octane can sometimes be the wrong choice. What do the numbers on the gas pump mean and when does it matter anyway? Most people are aware that there are three grades of fuel offered at most gas stations, but what are the differences? The numbers on the pumps (85, 87, 92, for example) are the octane ratings. Each fuel is rated on how much it can be compressed within the engine before igniting. This means that gasoline with a higher octane can tolerate more pressure than a lower octane fuel can. In a normal car’s engine, the cylinders combine and compress …… ( more )

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 …… ( more )

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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To spread the joy and love of the Christmas season, Keller Bros. is giving a special Christmas gift to two local families. At the beginning of this month, we asked our customers to tell us the story of a family who you believe deserves a special blessing this holiday season. We wanted to know about your neighbors, friends, and church members who touch your hearts. The nominations you submitted touched our hearts, and we’re honored to support both families during this holiday season. A single mom with two young girls was nominated by her sister. Between full days at work and struggling to manage multiple responsibilities, her sister wanted to make the holidays extra special for her and the girls. “She loves so fiercely and is one of the hardest workers I know,” said her sister. “She and her two …… ( more )

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 )