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 you to return for service or repairs. You can bring your new vehicle to any repair shop for maintenance and keep your warranty valid. We recommend keeping records of all maintenance, not just at the dealer.

Keller Bros. Auto Repair also offers a 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty on parts and labor for every repair we perform, so you can trust that your vehicle is in good hands and have peace of mind to last beyond any other warranty available.

Myth 3: Premium Gas is better for your car.

The best gasoline depends on engine. High compression engines require higher octane gas. Spending more for better fuel won’t improve your performance, but trying to save a few dollars with lower fuel can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. Always follow the guides found in your vehicle’s manual.

Myth 4: Adding to your fuel system gives you better gas mileage.

So many “miracle” pills and solutions boast improvements for your vehicle, but we’ve found none that actually work. We’ve tested in a dynamometer for performance, gas mileage, and other claimed benefits – but saw no improvement. It’s best to use the right gas and avoid these solutions.

Myth 5: You must change your oil every 3,000 miles.

The guidelines listed in your vehicle’s manual are the longest you should go between services. If you consistently go over this threshold, your vehicle is at risk for preventable damage, major repairs and large costs down the road.

Any time you have any questions about car advice you’ve heard or a change in your vehicle, call our team of ASE-Certified technicians at 303-347-1010.

We want to keep you safely on the roads in Littleton, so we’ll always offer you the truth. Instead of turning the stereo up to hide a new noise, bring it in to Keller Bros. Auto Repair, your trusted repair shop, for an inspection and diagnosis. Stop by our shop or schedule an appointment online.

How to Jump Start a Car (Video)

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There’s nothing quite as frustrating as turning the key in the ignition and hearing the car sputter and fail to start from a dead battery… But if you have a set of jumper cables in your car and the help of a kind donor car, you’ll be on the road again in minutes! Scott, technician at Keller Bros. Auto Repair, reviews the basics of jump starting a vehicle in this video: Click here for a written guide to jump starting a vehicle. Remember – after you get a jump start,  you’re not entirely in the clear. It’s important that you bring your car into a trusted auto repair shop after receiving a jump start to have the battery inspected and tested. Certified technicians (like Scott) will be able to inspect the components in your vehicle affecting or affected by the …… ( more )

The Hidden Danger of Potholes

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This season has been one of the worst for potholes in Colorado! Throughout Littleton, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, and Denver, drivers have to dodge giant potholes and ribbons of broken pavement as they navigate the roads. As the seasons change, shifting temperatures take a toll on our roads — the freezing and thawing of water in the road creates these cracks and potholes. And if driver’s aren’t careful, they can mean big issues for your vehicle. If you’ve hit a pothole, the best thing you can do for your vehicle is come in for an alignment inspection right away! Issues with the alignment, tires and wheels can lead to premature tire wear, damage to the shocks, struts, and sway bars, and can even affect steering. Stay safely on the roads this spring, and keep an eye out for potholes. They are …… ( more )

How to Check Tire Tread with a Penny

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Chris, the Service Manager here at Keller Bros. Auto Repair, explains how to check your tires and when to know you need new ones in this video: Need new tires? Find out with this trick that only costs a penny!  Did you know that you officially need to replace your tires when the tread is below 2/32” thick? And did you know that the distance between the edge of a penny and the top of Lincoln’s head is exactly 2/32”? Convenient, right? Whether you’ve put extra miles on your tires with summer road trips or they are simply nearing the end of their life, this quick test will let you know if it is time to consider new tires. Most tires have “wear bars” that run across the tread pattern. When these become visible, connecting patterns across your tire’s tread, …… ( more )