(303) 777-0142
(303) 777-0142

Alignment Service

An alignment is not a tangible thing, it is a description of how the wheels and tires are angled on a car or truck.  When you purchase an alignment, you are not buying a product, you are buying an adjustment to the angles of your tires so they match the angles that the manufacturer recommends.  When engineers design a car, they determine the wheel alignment that will cause the least amount of wear to the tires and that will make the car drive and handle the best. Zefore a new car leaves the assembly line, the alignment is set to these specifications. In a perfect world, these agnels would stay that way for many years but the truth is they wont. When you drive your car, the wheels encounter many bubmps, holes, jolts, and maybe even an accident - all of which causes the alignment to change.

Each vehicles has a specific alignment, set by the manufacturer and published for correct angles called 'alignment specifications.  These specifications are distributed to alignment shops all over the country. 

There are two types of alignments; front-wheel alignments and four-wheel alingments. The main difference between the two is pretty obvious; front is only the front two tires and four-wheel is all four tires.  The type of alingment you need will depend on the type of car you drive and how your drive it.  On most cars built in the last 10 years, the alignment can be adjusted at all four wheels. On all trucks and SUVs that run with rear wheel drive, only the front wheels need to be adjusted. Others cars may be easily adjusted on front, but require special tools and procedures to adjust the rear. Just because a car can b e adjusted at all wheels doesn't mean it necessarily needs it.  More times than not just the front wheels need to be aligned.

If you think your vehicle is in the need of an alignment in Denver, give us a call and we would be happy to get you an estimate (303) 777-0142

What to Do When You Suspect a Brake Fluid Leak

 

 

Brake fluid carries pressure in the master cylinder towards the brake components to each and every wheel. Similar to a wire that carries electrical power, brake fluid carries mechanical energy in one brake aspect to another. Brake fluid is really a relatively obvious liquid, slightly thicker than water, that is saved within the master cylinder and it is locked in other brake parts for example calipers, wheel cylinder and hoses. Many of these components should be completely full of pure brake fluid to operate correctly excluding the fluid reservoir that is a holding tank on the top from the master cylinder. The reservoir consists of extra fluid just in case it's needed and doesn't need to be completely full. If your brake system manages to lose enough fluid, air will enter these elements and also the brakes won't work correctly. Therefore, a fluid leak should be fixed right away to ensure that the brakes work properly when you really need them. 

To trap a fluid leak before it causes you harm, the fluid level within the master cylinder reservoir ought to be checked each time the hood is opened. Many tanks are constructed with obvious plastic so that you can tell instantly when the level is ok; others might have small caps that may be removed to examine the amount. Most manufactures provide minimum and maximum fluid level markings on the actual cylinder. Actually of all more recent cars, a digital sensor monitors the fluid level and activates the brake warning light when the fluid level reaches the minimum safe level, so if your brake light is on you should check the brake fluid level right away.

You might question why there's the absolute minimum level. Why don't you keep your master cylinder full at all times? Because there's an all natural fluctuation within the fluid level associated with brake pad you use. When pads are new, the brake calipers hold a tiny bit of brake fluid. Because the pads put on thin the calipers hold increasingly more brake fluid. Then, when new pads are set up, the fluid which has traveled lower towards the calipers goes into the reservoir, filling it again. Therefore, should you add fluid to some system with worn pads; the reservoir will overflow when new pads are set up. Checking the fluid level is definitely an efficient way to estimate when a brake pad was put on. If you see the fluid level is close to the minimum level, your brake pads might be worn-out. Evidently this may also indicate a fluid leak. Either in situation, the brakes ought to be looked over as quickly as possible. You may even observe that you will find two different compartments inside a reservoir. This can be a safety feature that's made to insure that the vehicle may have brakes on a minimum of two wheels, even when there's a serious leak. Each 1 / 2 of the reservoir would go to two different wheels. If a wheel develops a fluid leak and all sorts of fluid escapes from that half the other half continues delivering fluid pressure to the other two wheels. Naturally stopping power is going to be insufficient, but it may be enough to avoid a significant accident. If you are concerned about your brakes, or suspect a fluid leak, call Downing Street Garage to book an appointment right away so that you can remain safe while driving your vehicle. 303-777-0142

Auto Repair FAQ

Auto Repair FAQ Q. How often should I rotate my tires?
Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 6000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.


Q. Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?
YES. The failure of a timing belt in many cars can result in major engine damage. The cost of repairing an engine with a broken timing belt is much greater than the cost of a timing belt replacement.


Q. What does it mean if my "check engine" or "service engine soon" light comes on?
There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle's engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the "check engine" light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems. We offer engine diagnostics at our garage and should be able to give you some idea what is going on with your car that day.

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Windshield Wiper Blades for Safe Winter Driving

Windshield Wiper Blades in Winter

proper windshield wipersYou make split-second decisions while driving based on your visibility of the road and the other vehicles around you. If that visibility is obstructed by a murky windshield, during wet weather conditions when careful driving is imperative, it’s likely due to windshield wiper blades that have worn out since the last time you encountered inclement weather. Like most folks, you probably don’t think about your windshield wiper blades until you find yourself driving through a storm and struggling to see. It’s a dangerous situation that can easily be avoided by having replacement wiper blades installed.

Even if your wiper blade use is minimal, regular replacement is necessary to account for damage from conditions including dry climate, acid deposition, ozone and pollution. This is in addition to actual wear from wet weather, so common to Colorado in winter months, such as rain, snow, sleet and hail.

In addition to the conditions listed above, exposure to extreme temperatures can damage your wiper blades. When cars are regularly parked in hot, sun-exposed areas, their wiper blades are prone to bake and harden, leaving them unable to conform to the windshield properly and creating gaps that streak. Freezing temperatures also harden the rubber and make it brittle, which often leads to cracking. And age alone eventually wears rubber out, causing the blades to lose the flexibility needed for performance.

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