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Yearly Archives: 2021

What Is A Vehicle Diagnostic?

What Is A Vehicle Diagnostic?

Nearly every vehicle you see on the road has an internal computer system that maintains communication with all of your vehicle's sensors and electronic devices. When your check engine light comes on, it has to be signaled through the computer first. The technical term for the entire system is generally known as on-board diagnostics. At South Park Tire & Auto, we run a "diagnostic" test by plugging a scanner into your car's computer. Let's go over some fundamentals on diagnostic codes and translations, plus the information can do for you.   When we run a diagnostic, we connect the scanner into a port called the OBD-II port that's standard in all vehicles sold in the United States. We will then receive codes that have different letter and number combinations. These codes are universal across all car manufacturers for the most part, except for a few manufacturer-specific messages. Codes that begin with "P" are powertrain-related, codes that ... read more

What Are the Key Signs That You Need An Oil Change?

What Are the Key Signs That You Need An Oil Change?

Oil changes are simple; when performed at regular intervals, they can improve performance and extend your car's lifespan. While most drivers rely on mileage intervals or warning lights to figure out when to change the oil, it's always best to examine it firsthand. However, your motor oil can be low or deteriorated before the scheduled mileage change comes up. If your engine oil is overdue for service, your engine can struggle to perform and eventually overheat. Below are five indicators to determine whether your vehicle will need an oil change sooner than later.    1 - DIRTY OIL  Fresh and good oil is an amber color and free of any contaminants. The more you drive, the engine oil will get darker and collect debris. The only way to examine the oil's quality is to pop the hood open and use the dipstick.    2 - LOUD ENGINE NOISES Your motor oil is essential because it lubricates the engine by providing a barrier between its complex parts. If you ... read more

Do NOT Leave These Things in Your Car This Summer

Do NOT Leave These Things in Your Car This Summer

It is perfectly fine to use your car as storage - we all do it! But, there are certain everyday items that you should avoid leaving in your car. With temperatures hiking up, there are several things to be mindful of leaving behind that do not respond well to heat. If you aren't careful, you could compromise your belongings and your car. Here are a list of things you should never leave inside your car on a hot summer day: Pets - Leaving a pet alone in a parked car while you run errands can endanger your animal's health. According to PETA, animals can have brain damage from heat exposure or even die from heatstroke in as little as 15 minutes. Plastic Bottles - Your plastic bottles can be at risk of warping and melting in a hot car. Next time you notice an abandoned bottle in your car, it's best to throw it in the recycling bin. Aerosol Cans - Whether spray paint, deodorant, hairspray, or cleaning products, these items are packaged in a way that makes it very sensitive to h ... read more

Five Ways To Avoid A Car Accident

Five Ways To Avoid A Car Accident

Your safety is our top priority. Unfortunately, car accidents are among the leading causes of death in the United States, with alarmingly high statistics. However, many of these accidents are easily preventable with simple tips and tricks.  At South Park Tire & Auto, you and your family’s safety are of utmost importance, which is why we have compiled five ways to help you avoid a car accident:  Don’t forget to drive defensively! Driving defensively means keeping your complete awareness on the road and anticipating any traffic flow changes. Keep a close eye out for any pedestrians too! Stay at or under the speed limit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that speeding is the third most common contributing factor in car accidents.  Remain alert at all times and eliminate any distractions. As we get older and become more experienced drivers, it is easy to think we are almost invincible and can send that quick text or answer that ph ... read more

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Check Engine Light

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Check Engine Light

Imagine you are driving to work with a busy day ahead of you, and you notice that your check engine light has appeared on the dashboard. You drive for a few minutes, trying to see if anything feels different while driving, but your vehicle seems to be performing perfectly fine. You continue to go about your day, and that day soon turns into a week. Unfortunately, your check engine light has not gone away.  The team at South Park Tire & Auto doesn’t want you to worry about your check engine light, which is why we recommend bringing your vehicle to our shop right away, as soon as your check light has appeared on your dashboard. It could mean something minor or an issue more major. Either way, it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to auto repair.  Your check engine light is essentially your vehicle’s way of communicating if something is wrong. At South Park Tire & Auto, we will identify the underlying cause of whatever is afflicting your v ... read more

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Take Time for Your Tires

When it comes to maintenance, we automatically think of oil changes, cabin air filter replacements, and so on. We don’t always think of our vehicle’s tires, but it is essential to take time for your tires. Your tires are your vehicle’s only contact point with the road, which means they are essential when looking to propel and stop your vehicle. Just think of how much we depend on those four patches of rubber!  It is essential to properly maintain your tires with proper tire maintenance, tire rotation, tire inflation, and wheel alignment. Without properly maintained tires, you are susceptible to slipping, sliding, blowouts, and other issues that could lead to dangerous accidents. Properly maintained tires also help you save money at the gas station and prolong your vehicle's longevity.  Even if your tires look correctly inflated and not flat, they could still need a little TLC -- in fact, your tire may look flat, but it could have lost up to 50% of its ... read more

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Keep Your Vehicle Hydrated By Checking These Fluids

Keep Your Vehicle Hydrated By Checking These Fluids

Just like how you have to stay hydrated, your vehicle does too! We acknowledge that it can even be a challenge for us to remember to drink liquids. Fortunately, the team at South Park Tire & Auto is here to help you remember to keep your vehicle hydrated. Certain fluids in your car need to stay performing in tip-top shape, including your engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, and brake fluid.  The South Park Tire & Auto team strives to ensure your vehicle’s longevity, driveability, and performance. Here is why each fluid is important:  Engine oil: we all heard of an oil change, but you would be surprised to learn how many people actually forget about this vital service. Your engine is comprised of various components -- oil provides lubrication to all those moving parts and reduces friction. Without oil in your vehicle or even dirty oil, your engine will wear down much quicker.  Transmission oil: y ... read more

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Upcoming Specials

The South Park Tire & Auto team is eternally grateful for our customers at South Park Tire & Auto. When you walk through the doors of our shop, you can expect to be greeted with a warm smile, sincere concern, and precise auto repair. We are on your side -- our goal is your vehicle’s safety and security.    We recognize that for many of our clients it can be challenging to stick to a strict budget. To show both our appreciation for you and to ensure you can stay on a preventative maintenance schedule within your budget, we offer the following upcoming specials:    GOOD YEAR REBATE -- GET UP TO $150 CASH BACK: When you purchase a set of four (4) Good Year select tires receive up to $150 in rebates. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. See shop for details.  MAINTENANCE SPECIAL -- $15 OFF SERVICE OVER $150; $25 OFF SERVICE OVER ... read more

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Most Romantic Drives in Littleton, CO

Most Romantic Drives in Littleton, CO

Valentine’s Day might look a little different this year, but it is still the perfect time to show your appreciation and gratitude toward that special someone in your life. Fortunately, for Littleton residents and South Park Tire & Auto clients, we live in such a beautifully breathtaking state home to many scenic drives.  Why not spend this Valentine’s Day with two of your loved ones, your sweetheart and your trusty sidekick, your vehicle? The team at South Park Tire & Auto has compiled seven stunning and of course, romantic drives in Colorado:  US Highway 285: Winding through Denver to New Mexico, this scenic drive is the absolutely best way to be reacquainted with Colorado. You will pass the Collegiate Peaks, Pikes Peak, and other breathtaking mountain ranges. You can stop along the way at some of our favorite mountain towns.  Million Dollar Highway: Million Dollar Highway is for those adrenaline junkies out there, as this drive has been referred ... read more

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