Fort Collins Auto Repair

Articles:

Why Is My Car Heater Not Working?

Why Is My Car Heater Not Working?

Having your vehicle’s heater go out on you in the middle of the winter is the worst situation to be in. While you may try to shrug it off at first, it can make you (and your passengers) super uncomfortable. If you don’t want to freeze in your vehicle, please bring your car to ASR Automotive for heating repairs. Below are the five most common explanations for heater malfunction. Not Enough Coolant The first place you should check is your coolant levels since the heater is directly connected to the cooling system. When your vehicle is low on coolant, it won’t bring the engine's heat through your heater core.   Bad Heater Core The heater core is a part of the cooling system and HVAC systems. Similar to the radiator, the heater core can get clogged. When coolant can’t get through, you will get cool air instead of warm air.  Stuck Heater Controls The switches and knobs can go bad over time. So, if they are stuck or unresponsive, you will nee ... read more

5 Car Noises that Require Immediate Attention

5 Car Noises that Require Immediate Attention

When it comes to car maintenance, one of the most important things you can do is pay attention to the noises your car makes. While some noises are normal for certain parts of a vehicle, other noises should cause your immediate concern and often indicate that something needs repair or replacement. Common Car Noises 1. Grinding or scraping noises when braking. This could be a sign that you need new brake pads, and the longer you wait to get it fixed, the worse damage could result. 2. Squealing noise coming from under the hood. This might indicate a problem with your alternator belt, which is responsible for powering the electrical components of your car. 3. Rattling noise when you accelerate. If the rattling persists and gets louder as you speed up, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your exhaust system. 4. Whining noise from the engine. This could signify low oil levels or a faulty fuel pump, both of which are serious issues that need to be dealt with quickly. 5. Pop ... read more

What Are the Most Common Vehicle Electrical Issues?

What Are the Most Common Vehicle Electrical Issues?

The electrical system within your vehicle is one of the many parts that have advanced significantly over the years. Your car consists of labyrinths of wires, relays, circuits, and fuse boxes. If any of them malfunctions, it can impact the overall performance of your car. Therefore, it is vital to keep an eye out for weak electrical signs to avoid major inconveniences. Below are 4 of the most common electrical system problems in cars. Dead Battery A battery that can't hold a charge is one of the most widespread problems across all vehicles. Dealing with a car that won't start can be very frustrating. Such a problem may result from a leak in the battery, end of battery life, or any other damage to the battery. Malfunctioning Alternator Like the battery, an alternator plays an integral role in the electrical system. It is responsible that your battery gets charged as you drive. If it is malfunctioning, you may notice a slow loss in power output. You might lose speed or see fl ... read more

What Can Cause Premature Tire Wear?

What Can Cause Premature Tire Wear?

Every car owner hopes to have their brand new car tires last for about four to five years. And, considering the fact that they cost a fortune, this is a perfectly reasonable expectation. However, there are numerous occasions where tires can wear down prematurely. This article offers a detailed overview of the causes of untimely tire wear down. Unbalanced Inflation The more frequent the driving, the more pressure is exerted on your car tires. This continuous action results in reduced pressure which is the top cause of premature wearing and tearing of car tires. The reverse is also true; over-inflation also speeds up the wear and tear of car tires during driving. Mismatch  A car tire mismatch can be as a result of difference in size and type of your car tires or a variation in tires internal pressure – one tire having more air pressure than another. These variations speed up the wear and tear if the tires. Mechanical Issues  If a section of your car-parts is in bad ... read more

What Are the Different Types of Engine Oil?

What Are the Different Types of Engine Oil?

When getting an oil change, it is imperative that you or your technician is using the right type of oil for your vehicle’s specific make and model. Most of the time, you can find this information on the owner’s manual. There are three main types of motor oil: Synthetic, Semi-sythetic, and Conventional. They all have their pros and cons – read on to learn about how they differ. Synthetic Oil Synthetic oils are the new, chemically-engineered lubricant that offer excellent performance and consistency. They are popular in modern engine designs, and their consistency minimizes friction. Furthermore, they are highly resistant to heat. They are durable an able to go the longest in between service. Synthetic oil can last up to 7,500 miles or more, which is why they are preferred by a lot of drivers. Synthetic oil also costs more money than the other two types. However, less frequent oil change services may result in financial savings over time. Conventional Oil Convention ... read more

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

A vehicle is a sophisticated system that comprises thousands of parts. Each of these parts requires a specific type of fluid to operate effectively. Car owners commonly panic whenever they encounter a fluid leak, and in most cases, such a reaction is warranted. But not every fluid that leaks out of your car spells trouble for you. Others might be normal and perfectly harmless. However, we advise against making the general assumption that any fluid that comes from your vehicle is normal and should not be given immediate attention. That is why we have combined a list of typical types of car fluid leaks that you are likely to encounter while using your car. Oil Leak: This is the most common type of fluid leak. It is usually represented by a black stain or puddle. Oil leaks typically occur in the gaskets and at the oil plan situated in the engine. If the oil leak occurs from under your vehicle, it indicates that your gasket is faulty and needs immediate attention ... read more

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced

When it comes to preventing crashes on the road, your brakes are your first line of protection. In actuality, brake failure causes 300,000 automobile accidents annually in the United States. Keep yourself and others safe by keeping up with brake maintenance and having them replaced when the manufacturer recommends. How often should you get your brake pads replaced? The majority of manufacturers suggest replacing brake pads every 40,000 to 50,000 miles. However, if you see any of the indicators discussed below, you should immediately replace the brake pads. Allowing brake pads to grow too thin can lead to more expensive problems, such as replacing the brake rotor. In addition, your driving style and the type of brakes you purchase will determine how frequently you must change them. For instance, if you spend a great deal of time in stop-and-go traffic, you will likely need to change your brake pads more frequently than a highway commuter. In addition, the two-footed driver tends to ... read more

Types of Unusual Vehicle Smells

Types of Unusual Vehicle Smells

The majority of the interior of your car is designed to be odor-free. The fragrance of a new car isn't the only thing you should be concerned about. A small detail like the smell of burnt rubber could point to a mechanical or electrical issue that has to be addressed right away to avoid more costly issues in the future. Automobiles contain a variety of fluids designed to work at high temperatures and pressures in fast-moving components that may be causing the strange odor. Most Common Smells That You Should Not IgnoreMaple Syrup Even though it has a mildly sweet scent, the presence of this odor indicates the presence of a leak. Leaks in the radiator, cylinder head, manifold, and intake manifold gaskets, as well as loose hose pipes, could be to blame. If you notice a strong maple syrup odor coming from your car's heater core, it's best to get it checked out by a repair as soon as possible. Burnt Oil The first thing you ... read more

How to Clean your Car's Headlights

How to Clean your Car's Headlights

Cleaning your car's headlights is a simple thing. However, it is not something that most people think about doing. After all, it is not something that they notice. However, it can make a huge difference in the appearance of your car's headlights. So, if you are willing to give this a try, read on for some tips on how to clean your car's headlights. Step 1: Make sure that you use a mild soap. Make sure that you use a mild soap. Soaps can often strip the wax from your headlights. The oil that is in the lights is essential for keeping them clean. So, it is important to use a mild soap to remove the wax from your lights. This can often be found in automotive stores. Step 2: Use a soft brush Use a soft brush with your windshield wiper fluid. This is what you need to clean your lights. The windshield wiper fluid has a compound that helps clean the lights. It also has a wetting agent that helps get rid of the wax build-up on your lights. So, you will want to use a soft brush w ... read more

Do I Have A Faulty Alternator?

Do I Have A Faulty Alternator?

An alternator is a generator that's responsible for charging a vehicle's battery and activating power to the engine. A series of components are involved in the process which includes the stator and rotator, diodes, voltage regulator, and cooling fan. Here are some tips on how you can tell when your alternator is faulty.   Electrical Failures - Dimming headlights and lights switching on randomly on the dashboard. Electronically powered processes such as turning on window wipers, moving windows up and down, and changing seat position, might become affected.   Battery Light On - When the alternator is losing power, the battery light might switch on, showing on your On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) and appearing on your dashboard.   Weak Battery - Batteries don't have a long life. If it's starting to fail, the alternator won't be able to charge it. By jump-starting your vehicle and removing the jump leads quickly, you'll be able to test if the alterna ... read more

ASR Automotive is committed to ensuring effective communication and digital accessibility to all users. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and apply the relevant accessibility standards to achieve these goals. We welcome your feedback. Please call ASR Automotive (970) 449-9742 if you have any issues in accessing any area of our website.