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Spring Car Threats: Potholes, Oil Leaks, and Check Engine Lights

Posted April 8, 2015

Spring has come to Littleton! While we are eagerly awaiting beautiful weather and sunshine across New York, we know this season also means hidden threats to our vehicles. In order to stay safely on the roads in Colorado this season, watch out for these critical threats and schedule an inspection and diagnostics right away.

If you hit a pothole, come to Keller Bros Auto Repair for an alignment inspectionPotholes

Huge pits, divets, and cracks cover the roads in Littleton – this is one of the worst seasons we have seen! But potholes are more than a nuisance… they can be a serious danger to your vehicle on the road.

Hitting a pothole, even at low speeds, can throw off the alignment of your tires, damage the tire and wheels, and lead to bigger problems with the shocks, struts, sway bars, and steering. Learn more about the hidden threat of potholes.

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 unattended can lead to premature tire wear, decreased fuel efficiency, fewer miles to the gallon, and costly repair. Call 303-347-1010 or stop by for an alignment inspection.

Check your oil regularly - if you notice a leak bring your vehicle to Keller Bros for inspection and diagnosisOil Leaks

The slippery puddle underneath your car means more than just a stain on your driveway. Engine oil is critical for the performance of your vehicle. As it moves through the engine, it keeps every moving part and component lubricated. Without the oil, friction and heat from these parts rubbing against each other cause premature wear and tear, corrosion, and damage to the engine components.

At best, you’ll be left with a car that won’t run and a costly repair bill. At worst, you’ll need an engine rebuild or a new engine, or even face a totaled vehicle.

If you notice low levels of oil or evidence of a leak in your garage, come in right away or call us at 303-347-1010. Left unattended, an oil leak can mean serious problems for your engine. An oil leak can often trigger the check engine light…

If your check engine light is on, come to Keller Bros Auto Repair for an inspection and diagnosisCheck Engine Light

The check engine light can indicate a range of problems, from a faulty oxygen sensor to a loose gas cap to a major engine malfunction. While you should ALWAYS have your car inspected right away to find the cause, it doesn’t always mean expensive repairs.

If your check engine light is flashing, you should find a safe place to pull over and immediately shut off your vehicle. A flashing check engine light is a serious indicator that the safety of the vehicle, and in some cases even the driver, could be at great risk. Have your vehicle towed immediately to a trustworthy auto repair shop with certified technicians, up-to-date training and proper equipment, like Keller Bros Auto Repair.

If your check engine light appears, DO NOT IGNORE IT! Small problems with the mass airflow sensor, spark plugs and wires, oil leaks, or other components left unattended can cause bigger problems for your engine – risking the life of your vehicle and costly repairs or engine rebuilds.

The warning light is there for a reason – a prompt response can help you prevent costly issues, keep your vehicle running smoothly, and get more miles out of every dollar!

Inspection and Diagnosis

The best thing you can do to keep your vehicle safe this spring is regular preventative maintenance. From regular oil changes from a reliable auto repair shop to tire rotation and alignment, keeping up with these tasks can keep your vehicle in the best condition to handle our Rochester roads.

But if you do encounter a pothole, leaking oil, or a warning light on your vehicle’s dashboard, come in as soon as possible for a thorough inspection and diagnosis.

Our ASE-certified technicians are here for you – If your check engine light is on or you notice any changes in your vehicle’s performance, give us a call at 303-347-1010. We’ll diagnose and fix the problem to get you back safely on the road!

 

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