Mountain View Auto Blog

Within the pages of our auto repair blog you will find helpful articles and interesting insights about everything that’s related to auto, truck and suv repair and maintenance.


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The Foggiest Idea (Fogged Windows in Cold Weather)

In cold weather, you may notice your windows fogging up. Then you can’t see where you’re going, and suddenly you and those around you are in danger. So, what causes your windows to fog up in cold weather, and how can you stop it? Fog is simply moisture condensing on a cold surface. When the…
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How Time Flies

Funny how the mind can play tricks on you when it comes to your vehicle’s service.  If you’re not keeping track closely, time can slip away. A driver recently took his 10-year-old vehicle into his AutoCare Center for an oil change.  Knowing the colder weather was approaching, his technician took the opportunity to check out…
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How high altitudes effect your car

Simple Answers from Mountain View Automotive for Thornton: Wheel Bearings

Question I remember my dad having the shop “pack the bearings” on the family car.  Is this something I need to have done? Answer That’s a good question.  At one time, all wheel bearings were “serviceable” and needed to be taken care of from time to time.  It’s a little trickier these days. First off,…
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Certified Technicians

Today’s vehicles are rolling computer networks with multiple processors, sensors, and miles of wiring. The mechanical elements from the suspension to the engine valve train are extremely sophisticated.  Diagnosis and repair are more exacting than ever before.  Even a simple tire rotation may involve resetting the tire pressure monitoring system. Our technicians train hard to…
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Check Engine Light

When your check engine light comes on, you may be torn between utter panic and just wanting to ignore it and hope it goes away.  That’s perfectly understandable.  That same check engine light could come on for anything from a serious engine or transmission problem all the way down to a loose gas cap. There’s…
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The Pros of Pros (Let Us Do It For You)

Modern vehicles usually have four wheels, a steering wheel, and an engine, just as they have for decades.  But an awful lot has changed since the days of carburetors and drum brakes.  The addition of computers to so many automotive systems has been a game changer, enabling safer braking systems, stability control, and better fuel…
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Ball Joints

Most drivers in Thornton, Colorado know ball joints are an important part of the suspension system. Visualize a ball attached to a spindle with the ball enclosed in a cup. This allows the joint to move in several directions, kind of like how your hip works. Most vehicles have two or four ball joints on…
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Service Intervals

Simple Answers Service Intervals Question: I’m really confused about auto service intervals for various items on my car. Help! Mountain View Automotive Answer: The simple answer for Thornton residents is to follow the vehicle’s recommended service intervals listed in your owner’s manual or in your service center’s database. But the team at Mountain View Automotive…
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Drum Brakes

Brakes that work properly are essential to your safety as you drive and stop on our Thornton streets. You want to carefully maintain your brakes. In vehicles equipped with drum brakes, the brake components are housed inside a drum that rotates with the wheel. When you step on the brake pedal, brake shoes push out…
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Your Nose Knows Gasoline

Each time we fuel up our vehicles, we get a little whiff of gasoline, so the smell is very familiar. There shouldn’t be any gasoline smell in or around your vehicle when you are away from the gas station. When you do smell gasoline away from the gas pump, the cause ranges from something simple…
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The Problems with a Cream Puff (Dormant Vehicles)

You may own a vehicle that you only drive occasionally.  Maybe it is a summer day cruiser, an off-roader, or vacation hauler.  Here are some things you need to know about a vehicle that doesn’t get driven all that much. You know it has oil in it, and the problem with not driving a vehicle…
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Tire Balancing by Mountain View Automotive

Alignment

It’s no surprise that your vehicle will drive better if all the wheels are pointed in the same direction.  That’s called wheel alignment.  If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other. Something that you won’t notice right away, but you will if you…
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