• Is Your Car Ready for Winter?

    Whether you’ve lived in Colorado for your entire life or you’re a new resident, chances are that you’ve heard about just how unpredictable winter weather can be in our neck of the woods. Thankfully, at Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive, we’re here to help ensure that your car is ready for the winter ahead.

    That’s why in today’s post, we’re highlighting some of the most important tips to follow to ensure that you’re fully prepared for winter in Colorado. While we may go weeks at a time without a sign of snow, the truth is that the weather here can change at the drop of a hat, and that’s why it’s so vitally important to ensure that you’re ready for anything. Keep reading to learn more, and if you need assistance, contact our team of Fort Collins auto repair experts.

    How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter in Colorado

    Get an Oil Change

    Although an oil change is often the most-completed form of vehicle maintenance, it’s especially important to be sure that your vehicle is ready for the cold weather ahead. Depending on your vehicle and the temperature, it may be worth asking us if it’s necessary to use a different kind of oil.

    Change Your Wiper Blades

    If it’s been awhile since you’ve changed your windshield wiper blades, now is the time to do it! Ice, snow, and sleet can quickly cause problems on your windshield, and when your defroster is working to melt them, a quality pair of wiper blades can quickly get rid of water that would otherwise accumulate and freeze. Being able to see clearly out of your window makes all the difference in the world during a winter snowstorm, so make sure you’re prepared by testing your wiper blades. It’s also a great time to check your wiper fluid levels to ensure that they’re topped off before winter begins.

    Have Your Heater Inspected

    There’s nothing worse than getting into a cold car when it’s freezing outside only to discover that your heater isn’t working. Trust us when we say that even if you’re bundled up in warm outdoor gear, driving a car while it’s in single digits gets old very quickly. Bring your vehicle in to have your heater and defroster checked and tuned up now to avoid trouble later.

    Check Your Tires

    One of the most vital components of driving on a snowy Colorado day is tires. Whether you have snow tires put on your vehicle or not is entirely up to you, but making certain that your tires have enough tread is crucial. Our advice? Use a penny! All you have to do is place your penny in the treads of your tires. If the top of President Lincoln’s head disappears in the treads, chances are that your tires are in good shape. 

    Of course, this is one area where we recommend double and triple checking to ensure that you’re safe. Need a hand? Bring your vehicle in for general maintenance and ask us what we think. We’ll let you know the safest option based on the specific wear you have on your tires.

    Keep an Emergency Supply Kit

    Ultimately, you never know when things will take a turn for the worst. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that you’re ready for anything. After all, if you’re stuck at the office or broken down on the side of the road, you’ll be thankful that you prepared an emergency kit. We recommend keeping the following items tucked away in the trunk of your car:

    • Blanket (reflective if possible)
    • Water bottle
    • Beef jerky, protein bar, or similar
    • Candles
    • Jumper cables
    • Multipurpose tool
    • Flashlight
    • First aid kit
    • Duct tape
    • Extra clothing

    Get Your Car Ready With Expert Vehicle Maintenance

    At Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive, we would be glad to provide you with any vehicle maintenance your car needs before winter rolls around. Although it’s hard to believe that summer is in the rearview mirror, fall is in full swing and we’ll get our first snow before we know it. It pays to be prepared, so whether you’re in need of an oil change, new tires, brake repair, an alignment, or general car care, our team is here to help.

    Contact us today to schedule a visit. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Be Aware of These Vehicle Maintenance Milestones

    Air Filter – 15,000-30,000 miles
    Fuel Filter – ~30,000 miles
    Batteries – Every four to five years
    Brake Fluid – 20,000-50,000 miles
    Brake Pads – 25,000-50,000 miles
    Coolant – 50,000-60,000 miles
    Power Steering Fluid – 70,000 miles
    Timing Belt – 70,000-90,000 miles
    Transmission Fluid – 30,000-80,000 miles

    A Few Things to Keep in Mind

    Of course, the suggestions above are just that — suggestions. First and foremost, we want you to know that when you visit Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive, we’d be happy to provide you with a consultation to let you know how things are looking in your vehicle. In other words, if you’re getting close to hitting one of the milestones above, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle in. It’s also important to note that every make and model of vehicle are different, so it’s important to consult your vehicle’s owner manual to get specific recommendations for your car.

    It’s also important to keep in mind that the milestones above are not a complete list. There are other things that may be necessary to do to your vehicle to keep it in good working order. Perhaps most importantly, regular oil changes should be a top priority for keeping your car in top notch condition. At the end of the day, no matter your vehicle, no matter your specific needs, you can always trust the pros at Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive to steer you in the right direction.

    Why Visit Us for Auto Repair?

    For many, finding a local mechanic can feel overwhelming. How do you know who you can trust to work on your vehicle? How can you be certain that the advice they’re giving is true and accurate?

    For starters, it’s important to choose a mechanic with a good reputation. Backed by over 40 years of experience, Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive has earned a name for ourselves in the community as a hard-working, trustworthy auto repair shop. Take a look at our reviews and see for yourself what others have to say about us.

    At the end of the day, the thing that makes us different from the rest is a dedication to our community. We love Fort Collins, we love our shop, and we love the people who turn to us to get the help they need. From routine repairs and maintenance to fleet services to being a Certified Colorado Emissions Repair Facility, our mission is to meet the unique needs of each and every one of our customers. You deserve to have a go-to mechanic you can trust to get the job done the right way — and at Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive, we want you to know that you can turn to us when you’re having an issue with your car.

    Contact Us Today

    No matter your situation, we want you to know that when you visit us you’ll be greeted warmly and treated to quality auto repair services. It’s as simple as that. Have a question for our team? Want to schedule a visit to have your vehicle checked out? Whatever the case may be, we’d love to hear from you and we’d be happy to lend a hand. Contact us today.