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Welcome to the ACE Winter Monthly.com Car Clinic.     As we post this clinic info we find ourselves in late February 2014. As Winter transitions to Spring, we inevitably experience the annual difficult driving period known as pothole season!  With Winter temps fluctuating, NOCO roads take a beating. During these massive fluctuations of hot and cold, our highways and by-ways open up creating potholes that can make for treacherous driving.  Here are a few tips for keeping your car safe during pothole season. 

  • Drive cautiously.  Slow down and don't tailgate so you have a clear view of the road and potholes.
  • Avoid driving through puddles as some may contain deep potholes.
  • Entering a pothole, hold the wheel tightly to avoid loosing control of the vehicle.
  • Don't brake. Braking compresses suspension which can create more damage.
  • After pothole season has passed, it's a good idea to get your car checked for an alignment.    

 

Source:  The Weather Channel "Don't Brake Into a Pothole"

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Welcome to the ACE Fall Monthly.com Car Clinic.    As Summer turns to Fall, we take a look at seasonal maintenance for your car.  Check out this great list of Fall car maintenance items.  And remember ... If You Need Help Getting Your Car Ready For Fall, Give ACE a Call ... and schedule an appointment!  

  • Check for worn wiper-blades.
  • Check your battery.  The extreme heat of summer can reduce the life of a battery.
  • Check your brakes.
  • Check your belts and hoses.  Look for thin or cracked spots.
  • Check your tires.  Extreme temperature changes can alter your tire pressure.
  • Check/top off all vehicle fluids.
  • Check your air filter.
  • Check your lights/lamps front and back.

 

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Welcome to the ACE Summer Monthly.com Car Clinic.  As the seasons change, we thought it would be a great idea to address a few 'seasonal' car safety and repair tips.  We do our best to scour the Web looking for content courtesy of industry experts and savvy content providers.

Car Emergency/Preparedness Kit Items.

Many of the following items should already be in your car emergency/preparedness kit.

  • Bottled water. 
  • Jumper cables.
  • Hand/foot warmers.
  • Extra sox, gloves, hats.
  • Blankets.
  • First aid kit.
  • Took kit.
  • Shovel.
  • Bag of sand or kitty litter (useful when stuck in the snow).
  • Spare tire w/ tire changing tools and instructions.
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Roadside flares/reflective triangles.
  • Flashlight (LED preferred). 
  • Tow strap.
  • Nonperishable snacks.
  • Tire gauge.
  • Spare gas can.

 

Summer Road-Trip Vehicle Checklist.

Before you hit the road for vacation, please check out these helpful pre-trip checklist items. Be safe.

a.)  Vehicle Fluids - Check all vehicle fluids including; coolant, motor oil, transmission, brake, power steering and windshield fluid levels.

b.)  Tires - Check pressure, tread and general condition of tires.  If necessary, have your tires rotated and vehicle aligned.  Also check condition of your spare tire and ensure all tire-changing tools are in good working order. 

c.)  Windshield - check for any cracks or chips.

d.)  Emergency Kit - Pack an emergency kit with the following items; flashlight with fresh batteries, cell phone charger, first-aid kit, jumper cables, blankets, snacks, flares/road reflectors, drinking water, aerosol tire-inflating product, etc.

e.)  Road-Side Assistance - Be sure that your road-side assistance vehicle policy (if applicable) is current and that the proper phone numbers/contact info is in the vehicle.

f.)  GPS - Be sure that your GPS device is functioning properly and that you have the necessary charging cables.

g.)  Insurance - Be sure to have your proof of insurance in the vehicle at all times in case of accident.

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"Dangers of Spring Driving" & Spring Driving Tips.

Spring is here and so are the hazards of Spring Driving.  We searched the web and found this great article from Esurance.  Hope you enjoy the information and be safe out there Northern Colorado!  The top reasons why Spring Driving is so dangerous:

1.  Rainy days and flooding.

2.  Hail season.

3.  Wear and tear on the road due to the Winter season.

4.  Animal activity on the increase.

5.  More bicycles on the road.

To see all the details on the items listed above and for some great Spring Driving Tips, check out the full article here.

 

Kiplinger 9 Winter Car Maintenance Tips. 

No matter what the Colorado Winter throws at you and your car, by adhearing to these tips will help you stay one step ahead of season maintenance issues.

1.  Clear the air plenum near the windshield and/or sunroof of any fall debris that could be clogging or stopping-up the area.

2.  Consider winter tires as opposed to always relying on "all-season" tires.

3.  Replace your wipers for maximum visibility.

4.  Check your battery for maximum starting power.

5.  Check your antifreeze levels.  Flush the coolant system if necessary.

6.  Check your tire pressure on a regular basis.

7.  Put together a Winter survival kit and keep it in the car in case you get stranded due to weather delays or mechanical failure.

8.  Wax your lights for maximum illumination.

9.  Check the underside of your car for items that may create an issue when driving through a snowdrift.

For all the details, please see the Kiplinger web page here.

 

Best Ways/Tips to Keep Your Car Running.  

With a little help from Cars.com and Tom and Ray Magliozzi (NPR's Car Talk Guys), please find this help list to keep you car running now and well into the future.

1.  Take Other Forms of Transportation When You Can.

2.  Make Fewer Short Trips.

3.  Drive Gently.

4.  Watch For Engine Warning Signs.

5.  Unload Extra Weight.

6.  Complete Regularly Scheduled Maintenance.

7.  Change Oil and Other Vital Fluids.

8.  Get Problems Checked Out Sooner Rather Than Later.

9.  Find a Mechanic You Can Trust.

For all the details of each tips, please see the Cars.com web page here.

 

Great Links to Help You While Driving This Winter on The Colorado Highways and Byways.

We found some great Winter Driving online resources from our very own Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).  You might want to bookmark these and keep them close when driving conditions get dangerous.

 

Preping Your Car For Winter Driving.

Snowflakes are already flying in Northern Colorado.  Best to beging prepping your pride and joy for the upcoming Winter season.  Here are a few tips to get your car ready for Winter Driving.  Source/Content Courtesy of auto.howstuffworks.com.

  • Take your car to a mechanic and check out the following: battery, antifreeze level, thermostat, heater, brakes, and defroster.
  • Check to make sure your tires have adequate tread. If the treads are worn, replace them. Better yet, exchange them for a set of snow tires such as Bridgestone Blizzaks, which have treads that provide better traction and are equipped to handle extreme winter driving conditions.
  • Make a visual inspection of your vehicle's lights. Make sure the front and rear lights are operational, especially the car's flashing hazard lights.
  • Often in the winter, the windshield wiper fluid may freeze. Instead of toughing it out until spring, exchange the fluid with one made especially to spray in freezing conditions.
  • Similarly, purchase winter wiper blades to cut through snow and ice instead of using regular ones throughout the year.
  • Check the spray nozzles of your windshield-washer system. Sometimes, they get blocked by wax or debris. Use a needle or pin to clear blocked nozzles.
  • Road salt commonly used during winter can damage your car's paint. Rinsing it off every once in a while can help, but a good wash and coat of fresh wax will go a long way in preventing corrosion and keep your vehicle looking like new.

 

For the first bulleted item, "Take your car to a mechanic ...", please be sure to call Auto Collision Experts today to set up an appointment.  We now offer a comprehensive list of Auto Repair & Services to keep your car running as it should.  ON A RELATED NOTE:  CHECK OUT OUR WINTER COOLING SYSTEM FLUSH SPECIAL.

  

Summer Driving Tips.

As the hectic Summer driving season approaches, we thought it a good idea to dole out some wonderful Seasonal Summer driving safety wisdom, courtesy of who else?  The 'Guys' at Car Talk!  At your convenience, please take a look at the following compilation  from Click and Clack.  Whether you're planning on packing up the family/family car to drive cross-country or just across town, these great Summer driving tips from two of our favorite Car Guys will help keep you and your family safe.

- Be Safe This Summer and Follow These Tips 

 

Spring Pothole Watch.

It's that time of year again and Potholes are popping up all around us.  Fort Collins CO is no exception.  It's true, Potholes are the scourge of the season.  But don't dispair!  ACE is here with some helpful tips and info to assist regional drivers recognize if they do in fact have Pothole damage.  Info courtesy of Angie's List.

- 3 Signs Your Car Has Pothole Damage

 

Tire Maintenance & Safety.

Checking your tire inflation and tread are two very important basic maintenance items you can perform each and every time you set off in your car.  For the protection and safety of yourself and your family, please review the following Tire Maintenance & Safety tips.

- GOODYEAR Tire Wear and Care

- Firestone What You Should Know About Tires

 

Winter Driving Tips.

While we are still in the grip of Winter snow, winds, sleet and ice, the team at ACE want you to know how to stay safe with these Winter Driving tips.  As you know, Colorado Winters can be brutal.  Take a moment to review the following Winter Driving Tips to keep you and your family safe.  You can also check out our blog for more Winter related car care and safety tips.

- Car Talk from NPR

- Weather.com

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