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The Antero Auto & Truck Services Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

The Antero Auto & Truck Services Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

The team at Antero Auto & Truck Services in GREENWOOD VILLAGE, and CO car owners are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. GREENWOOD VILLAGE drivers want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more people in GREENWOOD VILLAGE can do? After all, some of us folks can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get from point A to point B. And that means buying more gas in GREENWOOD VILLAGE and producing more emissions.Of course, your vehicle's weight isn't negotiable. And you can't do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn't an article about diet and exercise.But look around your vehicle. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around? Do you ... read more

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Fuel System

When Do My Shocks Need to Be Replaced?

When Do My Shocks Need to Be Replaced?

A good suspension system gives a vehicle a smooth, even ride while providing GREENWOOD VILLAGE drivers with good handling and control. But like any system on your vehicle, parts of the suspension system can wear out, leading to a lower ride quality and safety concerns. So it's a good idea for drivers in GREENWOOD VILLAGE to remember their suspension system in their schedule of preventive maintenance. Springs do most of the work of the suspension system. The most common types of springs are coil and leaf, but air springs and torsion bars are becoming more common. The body of the vehicle is “suspended” by the springs.If springs were the only working component in your suspension system, however, you'd spend your travel time bouncing up and down like a bobblehead. That's where your shocks come in. They keep the rebound, or bounciness, of the springs under control. Shocks also keep your tires on the road, which keeps the driver in control of the vehicle. Some vehicles have strut ... read more

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Shocks & Struts

Direct Fuel Injection Update from Antero Auto & Truck Services

Direct Fuel Injection Update from Antero Auto & Truck Services

For those of you in GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO who pay attention to these things, you may have been hearing about the new direct injection engines and want to learn more about them. Some deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.For example, in one family of engines the conventional V6 makes about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version of the same engine makes over 300 horsepower and gets essentially the same fuel economy. The turbocharged version makes over 350 horsepower.So what are the differences from a conventional engine?The core difference is in the fuel injection system. The system most vehicles use now is called a port injection system. The fuel injector squirts fuel into a port just outside the cylinder where it's then drawn into the engine with the air.With a direct injection system, the injector squirts the fuel directly into the cylinder. The gain in power and economy come because fuel injected directly into the cy ... read more

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Fuel System

Super Slick at Antero Auto & Truck Services in GREENWOOD VILLAGE: Synthetic Oil

Super Slick at Antero Auto & Truck Services in GREENWOOD VILLAGE: Synthetic Oil

When you get an oil change, it's always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we're asked if we'd like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for GREENWOOD VILLAGE drivers. Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil is either more highly refined petroleum or completely man-made. Its molecules are more uniform. This provides advantages over conventional motor oil. First of all, the molecular structure of synthetic motor oil makes it more slippery than conventional oil so it lubricates better. This translates to better wear protection for GREENWOOD VILLAGE drivers, cooler operating temperatures and more engine power. Further, synthetic oil is more heat-resistant than conventional oil, and it d ... read more

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Fluids

Odometer Rollback on Your GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO Vehicle

Odometer Rollback on Your GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO Vehicle

How do GREENWOOD VILLAGE drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect CO consumers against mileage fraud. It says a CO seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO, stop by Antero Auto & Truck Services: Antero Auto & Truck Services 6615 S DAYTON ST STE B GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO 80111   If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.If the seller tells you the mileage isn't accurate, there's not much chance of putting a good number to it. And there's the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it isn't. What can GREENWOOD VILLAGE vehicle owners do?You can go to www.CarFax.com, where, fo ... read more

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Older Vehicles

Antero Auto & Truck Services Brake Service for Safe Stopping in GREENWOOD VILLAGE

Let's talk about something critical for all GREENWOOD VILLAGE drivers: your brakes. Your vehicle is heavy, and it takes a lot of muscle to bring it and your passengers to a safe stop – so everything needs to be in good working order. Here's an explanation on how your disc brakes work: The wheel hub keeps your wheel attached to your vehicle. The brake disc – or rotor – is attached to the hub and rotates with the wheel as you drive around GREENWOOD VILLAGE. Your brake pads clamp onto the rotor to slow the wheel.The brake caliper straddles the rotor and squeezes the rotor to slow it down. The calipers contain brake pads which press on the rotor when you put your foot on the brake. The brake piston causes the calipers to squeeze and release as you use your vehicle brakes.Your brake pads start to wear the first time you step on the bra ... read more

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Brakes

Your Well Trained Technician at Antero Auto & Truck Services

When your vehicle has a problem or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your vehicle's so important to your life in GREENWOOD VILLAGE, you need to get back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.If you've ever checked into some of the technician training Antero Auto & Truck Services professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8's. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to 60 mph/100 kph. Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep GREENWOOD VILLAGE gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers. But the advances come at the price of simplicity.&n ... read more

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Safety

What to Do In Case of an Accident

What to Do In Case of an Accident

If you've ever been in a vehicle accident around GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what you should do in case of an accident in GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime in CO, even if it's not your fault. And hit-and-run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your driver's license or even jail time in our local GREENWOOD VILLAGE lockup.Most places, including CO, require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able.Warn other GREENWOOD VILLAGE motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood.Call 911 as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.Always file a police report ... read more

Put on the Brakes: Brake Service at Antero Auto & Truck Services

Put on the Brakes: Brake Service at Antero Auto & Truck Services

When it comes to preventive maintenance and vehicle care, most GREENWOOD VILLAGE drivers know how important it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order.The pads and shoes are known as the friction materials in the brake system. They push together, providing friction which stops the vehicle. It's no wonder they have to be checked regularly for wear, and brake pads and shoes need to be replaced periodically.Brake pads/shoes gradually wear out, but that doesn't mean your braking gradually becomes less effective. The pads are engineered so that they maintain good braking until they wear too thin to provide adequate friction. At this point, they need to be replaced.But your braking system also has mechanical parts. These pistons and springs can also gradually wear out or get gummed up by oil, dirt and other road spatter ... read more

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Brakes

10 Services GREENWOOD VILLAGE Drivers Often Overlook

10 Services GREENWOOD VILLAGE Drivers Often Overlook

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over GREENWOOD VILLAGE. Some days it's all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That's why you've gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps - we have to keep track of it all.So let's talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by GREENWOOD VILLAGE residents. They're all very important and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order.1. Power Steering ServiceBe honest; have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your power steering parts are protected from corrosion. Next time you're in for an oil change, ask your Antero Auto & Truck Services serv ... read more

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Maintenance
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