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Spark Plugs 101

Spark Plugs 101

Spark plugs are tiny but mighty. They are responsible for kick-starting a series of reactions that allows your engine to start up smoothly and run efficiently. Therefore, you need to keep up with your spark plug’s condition.  Specifically, spark plugs are the devices in charge of igniting the car’s fuel/air mixture through an electric spark sent from your electrical system. Without spark plugs, the mixture will not combust. Therefore, it cannot translate to mechanical power to move your vehicle. Spark plugs are used every second of driving. They ignite at an average of 25 times per second. If the spark plugs ignite incorrectly or at the wrong time, it will result in misfires and other problems. To avoid the trouble, you should replace them every 30,000 miles or according to your automaker’s recommendations. Some spark plugs last longer than others, depending on the types of spark plugs (copper, iridium, platinum, etc.). How to Tell If Your Spark Plugs Have Go ... read more

Budgeting Tips for Auto Maintenance and Repairs

Budgeting Tips for Auto Maintenance and Repairs

Everybody has been a victim of an unexpected car repair before, and we’ve all had that heart-sinking moment when paying our auto repair bill. However, at I-70 Auto Service, you don’t have to break the bank. When you choose a fair-priced auto service shop and budget your expenses right, you don’t have to sweat the next time your check engine light comes on. Budgeting – a fundamental financial skill that everyone should be taught! The best way to budget for your car’s specific make/model and your driving lifestyle is by taking a look at previous spending. Then, you can plan for how much to set aside in the upcoming 12 months or so. First, you should track down previous receipts (or even credit card statements) from work done at auto service shops. This includes oil changes, tire services, etc. You can also call the specific auto shop or dealer as they are more likely to have the record on file. Once you get all the numbers together, add them up and divid ... read more

Fall Car Care

Fall Car Care

With Fall finally here, it is the perfect time to start prepping for the cold months. Winter will be here soon enough, and the cold may be brutal on your car or truck. To ensure your vehicle is as safe as possible and does not stall on your daily commutes, we invite you to I-70 Auto Service for an inspection and pick-me-up services. The sooner you take care of your vehicle’s needs, the sooner you’ll have peace-of-mind driving the next several months. Here are our top fall car care tips for you to follow! Check the Battery The cold can be unbearable for your battery, leading to failed engine starts. We’d hate for you to be late to work or school with a dead car battery. To best handle the problem, we recommend bringing your car to I-70 Auto Service for a test and inspection to make sure it can hold a porter charge. Check the Climate Control and Defroster It can be annoying to step into your car just to see a completely frozen windshield. You might see that a lot i ... read more

When Should You Flush Your Radiator?

When Should You Flush Your Radiator?

Radiators are not the most well-known parts of your car. However, it plays just as important of a role as the engine and transmission. You have a responsibility to keep this part in good shape to ensure your car lasts a long time. In this blog, we will educate you on everything you need to know regarding radiator maintenance. What Kind of Maintenance Do Radiators Require? If you're like any other driver out there, you probably don't think about your car's radiator when asked about maintenance. But similar to oil changes for your engine, you should have radiator or coolant flushes for your radiator regularly.    Most auto technicians and automakers recommend exchanging the radiator fluid every 30,000 miles give or take. The process of flushing out the dirty fluid and adding clean coolant ensures the system is clean. When you remove excess build-up, it prevents rust, clogs, and other problems in the future. Signs That Your Car Radiator Needs to be Flushed Besi ... read more

How To Tell If Your Car is Low on Brake Fluid

How To Tell If Your Car is Low on Brake Fluid

Most people think of brake pads when their mechanics mention the braking system, but there are many other parts that make up the system. Out of all of them, the brake fluid is most often overlooked. To celebrate Brake Awareness Month at I-70 Auto Service, read on to learn more about brake fluid.   Why Do Cars Need Brake Fluid? Vehicle braking systems are hydraulic systems that rely on brake fluid to carry the pressure necessary to stop your vehicle. In other words, your car would not be able to slow down or stop without brake fluid. This is how it works: when you press on the brake pedal, brake fluid is released and moved to stop your wheel’s movement.   Signs That Indicate Low Brake Fluid Spongy or mushy brakes Loose brakes pedal Clear puddles under vehicle Brake warning light on dashboard Poor braking performance If you experience one or more of the symptoms above, please be sure to bring your vehicle to our trusted repair shop. Your brakes are a serious mat ... read more