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4-Wheeling Across Colorado’s Back Roads

4-Wheeling Across Colorado’s Back Roads

Summer is here, and it's prime time for 4-wheeling in Colorado! To get you started on planning your next 4-wheeling adventure, take a look at some of Antero Automotive's tips and tricks to make your Colorado back road 4-wheeling trip one to remember.    The first step to planning your back road 4-wheeling trip is to make sure you book and plan everything ahead of time. Once you have your destination in mind, you can plan the rest of the trip accordingly! If you plan to camp during your trip, find a campground near your destination or plan to stop at motels or hotels along the way.    It's not recommended you go off-roading on your own, but you'll want to keep a few things in mind whether you're going 4-wheeling solo or with a group. Make sure your rig is maintained correctly and be careful not to break your vehicle. Be prepared to turn around if things get too hairy and follow a route you know you can handle back. You should always carry extra fu ... read more

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There’s a Reason We Have a Love Affair With Trucks

There’s a Reason We Have a Love Affair With Trucks

While there are many different types of cars on the road today, and even more being made in the meantime, the team at Antero Automotive has a genuine love affair with trucks. You may not be a truck lover yet, so read on to discover why you should be! First and foremost, trucks are known for power. While many people prefer the zip that comes with a smaller car, trucks can’t be beaten when it comes to powerful engines. While your fuel economy might suffer for this (especially with diesel!), the feeling of hitting that gas pedal and feeling your engine roar to life is second to none. Next on the list of why we love trucks so much is because of their hauling capacity. This is a huge reason why so many people fall in love with and utilize trucks; they can carry a load! A truck bed is imperative for many types of labor and jobs, making trucks ideal for working men or women. With the capability to get the job done, no car can compare to a pickup truck’s carrying capacity. Similar ... read more

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Why own a hybrid?

Why own a hybrid?

There are many reasons to own a hybrid, but not everyone is easy to convince! With so many different hybrid options now available on the market, there’s a hybrid out there for every price point and style. Read on for why you should own a hybrid, and some of the essential hybrid services Antero Automotive can help you take care of! Hybrids are economical vehicles, and this is due to one significant difference between a hybrid and a conventional car. The simple explanation for what the difference between a hybrid and a standard gasoline engine is in the way that its engine gets power. A hybrid uses more than one type of propulsion by combining both a gasoline engine with an electric motor. This allows hybrids to consume less fuel while simultaneously emitting less CO2 than a regular gasoline or diesel engine. The actual driving of a hybrid is very similar to conventional cars, so performance is rarely an issue. You also have your pick of power modes, so depending on your destinatio ... read more

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Preventive Maintenance Matters

 Preventive Maintenance Matters

While gasoline direct injection technology is one of the fastest growing engine markets, there are several consequences associated with this new type of engine. As it ages, there are a number of potential issues that direct injection technology can cause from a maintenance standpoint. The greatest of which is that with this new direct injection tech can cause severe deposits to form within your engine. These deposits are a result of gasoline being sprayed directly into the combustion chamber without intake valve washing taking place. Port fuel injection systems, on the other hand, helps to wash intake inlets by virtue of their design. Without this washing of the intake valves, deposits occur at higher rates in the direct injection engines. Additionally, direct injection technology engines spray gasoline directly into the combustion chamber under much higher pressure than in a port fuel injection system. This causes the contaminants to blow past the piston rings and into the oil sump. A ... read more

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Reasons To Own a Diesel

Reasons To Own a Diesel

Diesel engines are known to be workhorses, they are 15% more efficient than a gas engine and use 100% of the fuel, whereas a gas engine does not. Diesel engines provide torque and pulling power; a gas engine is not able to match.    Efficiency Is King Diesels use less fuel because they burn 100% of their fuel, and that produces less waste. Diesel engines have more natural lubricant within the fuel, causing the engine to run with less friction and higher compression ratios. Creating more energy behind each combustion means that more you get more power. Diesels drive more miles on the same amount of fuel as a gas engine car.   Vibration Reduction Early models of diesel-powered cars and trucks had a reputation for being loud, smelly, and clacking sounds that caused a vibration. With all of the new technology, today's diesel engine is much quieter and smoother than the days of old.   Emission and Pollution Reduction  Even though a diesel still produces some pol ... read more

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How to show your car some love: The importance of keeping your car in alignment, especially newer cars with automated driving/self-parking and adaptive cruise

How to show your car some love: The importance of keeping your car in alignment, especially newer cars with automated driving/self-parking and adaptive cruise

February is an important month to show your love for the people who are important in your lives but also for your car! Take the time to show your vehicle some love this month. One of the greatest efforts you can make to show your love is to keep your car in alignment, especially newer cars with automated driving/self-parking and adaptive cruise.   When your vehicle is out of alignment, it can make for a rough ride. It can also be tough to steer and your tires are going to wear at an uneven rate. When your vehicle is in alignment, it’s a smooth ride. Your wheels face front and are straight. You also get the most out of the life of your tires and your gas mileage is improved.   When it comes to those newer cars with automated driving/self-parking and adaptive cruise, it requires some extra love. Regular alignments are highly technical. When it comes to these newer vehicles with specialized technology, it gets far more complex. You want a trained technician who has the exp ... read more

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Creating resolutions on how to become a better driver

Creating resolutions on how to become a better driver

As we head into the new year, it’s a great time to assess many things about our lives. One area we often overlook but that has great safety implications is how we drive. Take some time to create a few New Year’s resolutions that can not only keep you safe but reduce your stress levels as well.  Slow down! It’s not worth saving a few minutes.  Don’t speed through yellow lights and never run red lights Come to a complete stop at stop signs Use your turn signal!  Account for blind spots Don’t eat while driving Stay on top of preventive maintenance If you have to have your phone nearby (uber, lyft, etc.) have it securely mounted Most cars now have bluetooth capability so your phone can be put away and still be answered Set your GPS coordinates/navigation route before pulling out of the driveway Do not tailgate Stay in your lane Do not drive with headphones/ear pods on Make sure your headlights are on before getting on the road ALW ... read more

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How to Drive During the Winter

Following the old adage, if the weather is bad, stay home if you are able.  Before heading out, check the weather. If it looks bad out there, delay your trip if possible. If you still have to go out, call family or friends to let them know where you are going, what time you plan to arrive, and what route you are taking. Take an extra walk around your car, be sure your wipers are in good working order, that your fluids are full and your tires are inflated to recommended specifications. Plan to refill when your tank reaches ½ full. When accelerating or decelerating, do it slowly. While applying the gas, slow is best to regain traction and avoid skids, take your time to slow down for a stoplight, it takes longer to slow down on slippery or icy roads. Try to increase your stopping distance by 5 or 6 seconds; it may just give you the necessary margin of safety when you need to stop unexpectedly. It's always best to take your time to slow down for a red light and don't ... read more

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Tips for Driving to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving

Tips for Driving to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving

The holidays are fast approaching, are you ready for your family road trip to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving? Here is a how-to guide on maximizing fun during your family road trip.   Planning Pow Wow When you take the time to get everyone together to plan your upcoming trip, it gives you the opportunity for buy in so no one can say they were left out. It also gets everyone excited about the adventure you’ll take together. Pull out a map and make sure everyone has a drink in hand that makes them happy. Kiddos get the hot chocolate and you get whatever works for you! Talking trip details helps everyone feel empowered and on board for this adventure together.   Realistic driving schedule Don’t try to power through a long trip with small children or pets. Even if it’s just you, think about stops for food and bathroom. Never a bad idea to just stop for a good stretch or a cup of coffee. Consider making it even more fun with stops along the way. Short hike ... read more

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Car Buying Doesn’t Have to Be Scary! Tips to Make Car Buying Easy!

When it comes to some of the bigger decisions we make, buying a car is one of them, and the nature of a big decision, to make a big purchase, can cause us to freeze and feel overwhelmed. But making a big decision doesn’t have to be overwhelming, we have a few tips to help keep it that way.  Doing the Research: The first step to make car buying easier is to do research and start planning before you need a new car. Waiting until your old car doesn’t move anymore is only going to make your experience more stressful and much more dire if you have no other means of transportation. Now, knowledge is power, so finding out what your price range is, the needs you have for your vehicle, and what you like ahead of time is going to smooth the process out. Things that are going to provide you with the most bargaining power will be knowing the invoice prices, the price the dealer paid the manufacturer and not just the MSRP, for new cars; knowing your current car’s trade ... read more

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