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How to Get Your Car Road Trip Ready

How to Get Your Car Road Trip Ready

The kids are back in school and the long summer days we've enjoyed are starting to get shorter. Yet, as I write this blog post, it's a perfect 80 degrees in Boulder. For us here at The Shop Automotive, that's road trip weather. Whether you're planning a quick, three-day trip or more of a cross-country trek, you want to be able to count on your vehicle. Here are some tips to ensure your car or truck gets the family from point A to point B safely and efficiently: Top off necessary fluids The last thing you want is for your vehicle to overheat and stall in the middle of nowhere. This is where radiator fluid comes into play. Also known as coolant or antifreeze, radiator fluid extracts heat from the engine and dissipates it through the radiator. Don't just stop there, though. Next comes the brake fluid, which our local auto repair team recommends be flushed every 36,000 miles or so. If you allow your vehicle's brake fluid to be contaminated, then ... read more

Signs That It’s Time for a Brake Replacement

Signs That It’s Time for a Brake Replacement

You're zipping around Boulder without a care in the world. Then, out of the blue, a car pulls out right in front of you. You slam on the brakes and avoid a potentially bad accident by inches. We don't really think about our brakes until we experience something like this. That's why it's so important to always have brakes in top-working condition. Here are some signs that it's time for a brake replacement: You hear a high-pitched screeching sound when you apply your brakes The small metal shim, called an indicator, is responsible for this sound. If you hear it, then you know it's time to replace your vehicle's brakes pads. Pro tip: Avoid putting off this appointment. The longer you wait, the more unsafe your vehicle becomes. Your brakes are not as responsive As aforementioned, there are times when your vehicle's brakes prevent accidents. It's never good when your brakes become less responsive or if the pedal sinks toward the ... read more

Maintenance Tips For High Altitude Vehicles

Maintenance Tips For High Altitude Vehicles

Let's face it: living as we do among the majestic Rocky Mountains, it can be hard to resist the urge to traverse that high-altitude terrain. Our vehicles bring us from the foothills to the peaks, and just everywhere in between. Our Boulder auto shop has seen it all when it comes to providing repairs and service on those vehicles that help us explore the high altitude and mountains of Colorado. Which makes us somewhat of an expert on the subject of auto maintenance for those mountain-friendly vehicles. In this blog, we're going to explore a few of these maintenance tips to help you get the most out of your explorations and avoid problems. However, should a problem occur, don't hesitate to visit The Shop Automotive — the premier Boulder auto shop which specializes in all makes and models, foreign and domestic. We'll get you back on those mountain paths in no time! Without further ado, here are some mountain vehicle maintenance tips ... read more

How Often Do You Really Need An Oil Change?

It's a question that every car owner wonders at some point or another. How often does your vehicle really need its oil changed? The answer may vary, depending on who you talk to. Conventional wisdom says that it should be changed once every three months or 3,000 miles — whichever comes first. But the real answer is that it varies from vehicle to vehicle. Other variables, such as how often you drive your vehicle and where you drive your vehicle, can also come into play to alter that timeline somewhat. In this blog, we'll discuss some signs to look for regarding your vehicle's engine, when you should get an oil change, and where you can get an oil change in Boulder. Keep reading to learn more and visit The Shop today for more auto maintenance tips and repairs in Boulder. So, how often does your vehicle really need an oil change? Let's find out. It Depends Sure, this isn't the most helpful answer — but it is the most realistic. While at one point the thre ... read more

What You Need To Know About Your Car’s Brakes

If the engine is the heartbeat of your vehicle, then what are the brakes? One could argue that they're more than the feet, or the shoes — they're almost like the brain, telling your car when it should stop and when it's ok to proceed. No matter what type of analogy you find to describe your vehicle's brakes, one thing remains clear: healthy brakes are critical when it comes to your vehicle as well as your safety. Our Boulder auto shop specializes in brake repairs, inspections, and replacements for a number of vehicles, makes, and models. The number one goal at The Shop Automotive is customer satisfaction and safety, which is why our highly skilled technicians spend time throughout the year in certification and continued education on both foreign and domestic vehicles. When it comes to brake repair in Boulder, The Shop Automotive is your Top Rated Local® partner. Learn more about your brakes in this blog and schedule a brake repair appointment with our Bo ... read more