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Monthly Archives: February 2018

LITTLETON, CO Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

When winter approaches in CO, LITTLETON residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for CO winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing LITTLETON residents want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to be safe and reliable. It's a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime - but the stakes are higher in cold CO winters.There are some specific things LITTLETON drivers need to do to have their vehicle ready for winter. The most obvious is having the antifreeze checked. If the antifreeze level is too low, it can't properly protect your engine, radiator and hoses from freezing. If your car does not seem to be making enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze level may be low or you could have a thermostat problem. Get it checked out at South Park Tire & Auto Center in LITTLETON. If you are due for a cooling system service, now is a perfect time to have it done.I ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Cool Breeze: Air Conditioning Service at South Park Tire & Auto Center in LITTLETON

Most CO auto owners know that their vehicles need regular preventive maintenance like changing the oil and filters, rotating the tires and refilling the washer fluid. But did you know that your air conditioning system needs routine maintenance as well? Taking care of your air conditioning system can extend its life and prevent costly repair bills.Why is it important for LITTLETON area drivers to get routine maintenance on their air conditioning system? First, the refrigerant contains an added lubricant. As the refrigerant circulates through the air conditioning system, its parts are lubricated. This constant lubrication keeps the parts functioning well. But over time, this lubricant is used up, and without it, the parts will eventually seize up and fail.LITTLETON folks should understand, however, that the air conditioner will continue to pump out cool air even without the lubricant, so you won't know the system ... read more

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Air Conditioning

South Park Tire & Auto Center Alternator Replacement Service in LITTLETON

South Park Tire & Auto Center Alternator Replacement Service in LITTLETON

Your vehicle alternator doesn't get enough credit. Though your battery gets your engine started, after that – it's all about the alternator.  Driving around LITTLETON is a lot of work for your alternator, and as upgrades such as heated steering wheels, cooled seats, stability control and lane departure warning become more common, it will have to work even harder. Eventually this workhorse just wears out. When it does you have no choice but to order an alternator replacement because your vehicle won't run without one. Come see your friendly and professional service advisor at South Park Tire & Auto Center to learn more. South Park Tire & Auto Center8081A S BROADWAYLITTLETON, CO 80122303.798.6911http://www.southparktire.com

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Battery

What to Do After You Buy a Used Vehicle in LITTLETON

What to Do After You Buy a Used Vehicle in LITTLETON

So you've bought a used vehicle in the LITTLETON area. Do you know what you're getting? It is hard to know what you're getting because people in the LITTLETON area sell vehicles for different reasons. Think about why you've sold vehicles. Did you just want something new or were there problems that you wanted to run away from? Maybe it was a little of both.Used vehicles in CO with 25,000 to 35,000 miles/40,000 to 55,000 km on them are often lease returns, corporate program cars or rental fleet vehicles. Most LITTLETON buyers feel pretty confident about these because they're newer and may still be under warranty. But how well have they been maintained?LITTLETON drivers who are planning to own a vehicle for a long time will keep up on auto maintenance so that they can avoid repairs down the road. But, if you know you're only going to have the vehicle for two or three years, you may not be so committed to maintenance. It would be easy to think that ... read more

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Older Vehicles

Air Conditioning Service in LITTLETON

Air Conditioning Service in LITTLETON

Hey LITTLETON! Let's talk about one of our CO summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It's real easy for LITTLETON drivers to take their car's air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool. Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadically? If so, it is time to get your air conditioner checked at South Park Tire & Auto Center in LITTLETON. When most LITTLETON folks hear the words "air conditioning problems." it sends a shiver up their spine. That is because the air conditioning system is fairly complex. It has a lot of parts and when it's broken, it's hard to repair.What things can LITTLETON drivers do to prevent air conditioning breakdowns?A common cause of air conditioning failure is ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Wipe Out! New Wiper Blades for LITTLETON Drivers

Wipe Out! New Wiper Blades for LITTLETON Drivers

When people in LITTLETON talk about vehicle safety, they think of tires and brakes. But do we think about our windshields? Isn't the ability to see a prime safety factor when it comes to driving around CO? Yet we often don't even notice our windshields until we can't see through them or our wiper blades fail.It's estimated that around 46 million people are driving with wipers that won't keep their windshields clear during a storm — that's 46 million people with impaired vision during a storm. For safety's sake, LITTLETON drivers need to change the way they think about wiper blades. Most of us, 78% in fact, only change our wiper blades after they fail. In other words, we don't get new ones until the old ones become a safety hazard. Instead, we need to make wiper blades part of our preventive maintenance routine.Wiper blades should be changed twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. In CO areas that experience harsh winter weather, special blades are available that prevent ice ... read more

Cruisin' on Down Main Street

When automakers first came out with cruise control, it was a real luxury item.  The older cruise controls used a mechanical vacuum system but it worked.  Well, some of the time.  Now days, cruise control is all electronic, thanks to computers.  It's reliable and a real convenience on long trips.  Cruise control is offered on most vehicles and standard on a lot of them.  Because it's electronic, when it breaks, it's usually some electronic component.  Your vehicle's cruise can be the victim of a blown fuse. Or your vehicle's speed sensor, which—not surprisingly—measures your vehicle's speed, can also stop working.  And that will cause your cruise to stop cruising.  Vehicles with cruise control also have a built-in feature that, when the brakes are applied, turns off the cruise.  With electronic cruise control, that happens thanks to the brake pedal switch, and if a problem develops in that switch, the cruise might not work. T ... read more

The South Park Tire & Auto Center Guide to Tire Specs

The South Park Tire & Auto Center Guide to Tire Specs

You know you need newtires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the LITTLETON service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind goes blank.Tire size can be confusing for many LITTLETON drivers. There's so much on the side of the tire, and it's hard to keep straight.Even though there's a lot on a tire - if you know what it all means, it's actually more helpful than confusing for LITTLETON tire shoppers. Let's start with the size number.For example, let's say a tire reads: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The 225 part is the width of the tire in millimeters - the width between the sidewalls of an inflated tire with no load. The 50 is the aspect ratio - the ratio of the sidewall height to the tread width. Off-road tires will have a higher number and high pe ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Cool Breeze: Air Conditioning Service at South Park Tire & Auto Center in LITTLETON

Most CO auto owners know that their vehicles need regular preventive maintenance like changing the oil and filters, rotating the tires and refilling the washer fluid. But did you know that your air conditioning system needs routine maintenance as well? Taking care of your air conditioning system can extend its life and prevent costly repair bills.Why is it important for LITTLETON area drivers to get routine maintenance on their air conditioning system? First, the refrigerant contains an added lubricant. As the refrigerant circulates through the air conditioning system, its parts are lubricated. This constant lubrication keeps the parts functioning well. But over time, this lubricant is used up, and without it, the parts will eventually seize up and fail.LITTLETON folks should understand, however, that the air conditioner will continue to pump out cool air even without the lubricant, so you won't know the system ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Let South Park Tire & Auto Center Help You Keep Your Vehicle Another Couple of Years

LITTLETON area residents may remember when the U.S. government's “Cash for Clunkers” program made a splash on the news scene. People were offered incentives to trade in old vehicles for new, in the interest of better and improved air quality from reduced emissions.But a lot of LITTLETON drivers want to hang onto their old clunkers. They're dependable and they're paid for. Owners would love to see the odometers on those vehicles turn past 200,000 miles (320,000 km), as long as the repair bills don't get too expensive.There are a lot of vehicles on CO roads that have run past the 200,000 mile (320,000 km) odometer reading. Is there something that their owners are doing that keeps these vehicles on the road? Or did they just win the “lemon lottery,” and luck out by getting a particularly good vehicle? Not surprisingly, most of these owners have something in common. They never skip an oil change. Can keeping a vehicle on the road for 200,000 mi ... read more

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Maintenance
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