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with Alan Wrench
Welcome to the ACE Winter Monthly.com Car
Clinic. The official start to Winter is nearly upon
us and Coloradans need to begin thinking about outfitting their
cars for winter safety. Whether driving solo or with a family, if
your car were to breakdown in the dead of Winter, you chance of
survival increase substantially with a fully stocked Winter
Survival Kit on-board. This life-saving kit could mean the
difference between life and death. We've prepared a list of
some Winter Survival Kit essentials for you to review. To get
the entire survival kit list, tips and to view a video on how to
set up your own Winter Survival Kit, please check out the Ready Wisconsin
Source: Ready Wisconsin
Welcome to the ACE Summer
Monthly.com Car Clinic. The Summer is here and so
are severe storms. In recent weeks and days, the NOCO and
SOCO regions have been ravaged with severe storms bringing with
them, dangerous lightening, torrential rain and ... HAIL. We
thought we would take this time to go over some of the finer points
of the most common vehicle hail repair process, Paintless Dent
Repair (PDR). Please see the following article "How Paintless Dent Removal Works".
Source: How Stuff Works
Welcome to the ACE Spring Monthly.com Car Clinic.
With the Spring season fully underway, all drivers
should take a moment to take stock in their vehicle after the long
cold Winter. The Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
organization has some great "Springtime Auto Tips" for drivers
young and old. Here are a few.
For more great Springtime Automotive Tips, check out the entire checklist on the ASE web
page. Happy Spring NOCO!
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.
Source: The Weather Channel "Don't Brake Into a
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!
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
Many of the following items should already be in
your car emergency/preparedness kit.
Summer Road-Trip Vehicle
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
c.) Windshield - check for any cracks or
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
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.
"Dangers of Spring Driving" & Spring
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
3. Wear and tear
on the road due to the Winter season.
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
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
1. Clear the air
plenum near the windshield and/or sunroof of any fall debris that
could be clogging or stopping-up the area.
winter tires as opposed to always relying on "all-season"
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
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
4. Watch For
Engine Warning Signs.
5. Unload Extra
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
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
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
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
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