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.


Oil change services in Thornton colorado

A Pan You Don’t Cook In (Oil Pan Gasket Replacement)

You probably have a cabinet in your kitchen filled with pots and pans. Your vehicle has one very important pan in it as well. It’s the pan that holds oil for your engine called, naturally, an oil pan. The oil pan is a very important, though simple, component of your engine’s lubrication system.  The oil…
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Exhaust system repair by Mountain View Automotive

The Test Your Vehicle Can Fail (Emissions Tests)

Clean air quality is something that helps all of us thrive here on Planet Earth.  And considering that motor vehicles are a contributor to air pollution, emissions tests in the U.S. and Canada are in place to keep vehicles from needlessly spewing dangerous gases into the air. While laws vary from place to place, the…
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Timing belt repair in thornton colorado

Timing Belt

Let’s address a very important maintenance item – timing belt replacement.  It’s important because letting this one slide can lead to very expensive engine damage. Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process.  Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder.  Intake valves open at the right time to let in air…
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Tire and wheel repair by Mountain View Automotive

Simple Answers from Mountain View Automotive in Thornton: Winter Tires

Simple Answers Service Intervals Question: What is the benefit of winter tires? Mountain View Automotive Answer: This is a really good question. Most new vehicles in Thornton come with all-season tires that work pretty well in the Denver winter conditions drivers many encounter. First, let’s talk about the things that dedicated winter tires do really…
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Trusted Auto care in Thornton, CO

To Turbo or Not To Turbo? (Turbocharged Engine Maintenance)

Nobody loves wasting money.  Gasoline costs money, so using less saves money.  One of the ways vehicle manufacturers are helping you save gasoline (and money) is with smaller, turbocharged engines. You might have heard of turbos associated with race cars, but more and more everyday street vehicles are getting into the turbo game.  The big…
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Fuel System

I’d like to give you a quick overview of the fuel system.  It starts with the fuel tank.  The fuel pump is located inside the tank and pumps fuel out to the engine.  Somewhere along the way is a fuel filter whose job is to filter out dirt before it hits the engine.  Then there’s…
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Winter driving safety checks

Simple Answers from Mountain View Automotive in Thornton: Winter Tires

Question What is the benefit of winter tires? Answer This is a good question.  Most new vehicles come with all-season tires that work pretty well in the winter conditions many people encounter.  First, let’s talk about the things that dedicated winter tires do really well, touch on all-seasons and then you should have some information…
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Replace car air filter

MAF Filter

Air and fuel are mixed together to be burned in your engine. You request how much of each you need by how hard you press on the accelerator, by going up or down a hill or by how much you are carrying in your vehicle as your drive around Thornton. Based on how much air…
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New brake pads installed by Mountain View Automotive

Disc Brakes

Question: What are the signs that I need a brake job? Answer: Signs of brake problems often fall into one of two categories for Thornton: making noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal. Let’s start with the noise. Most brake pads have an audible brake wear indicator. This is a small piece of metal…
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Air tire pressure warning repair by Mountain View Automotive

Tire Pressure Confusion (Tire Pressure Monitors)

All cars and trucks manufactured since 2006 are equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems – or TPMS.  TPMS alerts you when your tires aren’t properly inflated with a warning light that looks like a cross section of a tire with an exclamation point in it.  Some vehicles may also have a digital readout showing tire…
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The 3 Vehicle Service Items You Shouldn’t Put Off

When it comes to vehicle service, a lot of people procrastinate.  The reasons? Don’t want to spend the money, don’t have time to get it done, it’s not urgent.  Sound familiar? Here are the three service items you shouldn’t put off, no matter what. Oil Change.  Oil is one of those things that just quietly…
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