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Where We Take Better Care
Of Your Car

Serving the Longmont, Colorado Area

April 2016 Newsletter

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It may not seem like it, but spring is in the air! There’s no better time than now to get your vehicle in for a FREE 30-Point Courtesy Inspection to get a complete assessment for National Car Care Month. With so many vehicles in need of service, Car Care Month serves as a reminder to take action now, to prevent a possible breakdown later down the road. It’s easy to forget about regular maintenance when things get busy, but it is important to stick to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule and keep your car happy!

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Check Your Lights

One of the most important things to check before a journey is checking the operation of all of your lights, including headlights, turn signals, and license plate lights. Have a friend help you by standing behind your vehicle while you operate the lights from inside. If any lights are burned out, getting them replaced may save you a ticket!

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Check Belts and Hoses

The rubber used in belts and hoses can degrade with age and extreme temperature changes. With the use of a flashlight, you can pop your hood and visually inspect these components for any cracks or wear. Don’t be afraid to feel your radiator hoses (when the engine is cold!) to see if they feel really soft. If they do, its time to replace, rather than having one burst in the middle of Kansas.

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Check Your Tires

One of the simplest things to examine before hitting the dusty trail is making sure you have enough tread on your tires to complete the journey. If you notice the tread is getting close to even with the wear indicators, or if any metal cords are showing, it’s time for new tires. If everything looks good, make sure you are at the proper tire pressure for your vehicle. On the inside of the driver’s door jamb is usually a placard that specifies the proper pressures for your front and rear tires to maximize tire life.

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Check All Fluid Levels

Engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid are some of the things most people can check on their own before shoving off to any destination. If any fluids look low – especially coolant – make sure to top off to the maximum fill level in the reservoir or on the dipstick. Some fluids are a little harder to check, such as transfer cases and differentials. If you are uncomfortable in your assessment, don’t be afraid to stop in any time and have us check them for you! We are more than happy to accommodate your needs!

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Check Wiper Blades and Washer Fluid

There’s nothing worse than getting your windshield splattered by a passing truck on a wet road, only to find your wiper blades are torn and won’t clean properly, and your washer fluid reservoir is bone dry. Make sure the rubber inserts on your wiper blades are intact and can properly clean off any debris on the windshield. Also check to see if your washer fluid reservoir is full of clean fluid.

Maintenance Minder Spotlight | Automatic Transmission Service

Most automatic transmissions require regular maintenance according to the manufacturer’s recommended mileage intervals. Much like engine oil, transmission fluid has to be changed out periodically to help slow down the wear of clutch packs, gears, solenoids, and other moving parts inside the transmission. The darker the transmission fluid, the more clutch material and other contaminants are present in the fluid.

The most effective way to replace your transmission fluid is by using the BG PF5 Power Flush machine. It gets installed in line with your transmission oil cooler, and inside the machine is a reservoir with a diaphragm. The reservoir gets filled with clean oil, and as the fluid gets pumped through by way of the fluid pump inside the transmission, the old oil comes out and gets replaced with the new in a 1-to-1 exchange. Removal of the transmission pan and draining the fluid the old fashioned way only takes out about 65% of the fluid inside the transmission – the rest gets trapped inside the torque converter and other components, so you never get a complete change.

If you have a Honda, the flush machine will not work due to the low pump pressures of the transmissions they use. Instead, we will drain and fill your transmission twice, driving it once in between, in order to get the transmission fluid back to the bright red color we like to see.

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Brandon

About the Author

Brandon is a Colorado transplant from Pennsylvania and has been in the automotive industry since 2005. He graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College through the GM Automotive Excellence Service Program (ASEP) and specialized in the Duramax Diesel engine. Brandon is not only a service advisor for the company, but also manages the website, Facebook page and writes the monthly newsletter.

DeMers Automotive
1533 N Main St.
Longmont, CO 80501

Phone: 303-776-3666
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Email: marvin@demersautomotive.com