Reliable auto repair in Thornton, co

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


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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Time To Take Another Look at Diesels

If you haven’t looked into diesel engines lately, you may be interested in today’s post. Why should you care about modern diesel engines? Fuel efficiency, for starters. Because diesel fuel has a higher compression rate than gasoline, it generates more power per barrel. This is especially advantageous for drivers who pull heavy loads with powerful…
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New battery installed by Mountain View Automotive

Mountain View Automotive Tech Question On Your Battery

Question My name is David.  For the last year and a half, I’ve had some battery problems.  I had trouble starting my car, so I bought a new battery.  At first everything was fine, then about six months later I had problems starting my car again, so I got a new battery.  Again, everything was…
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Reliable auto repair in Thornton, co

4 Ways to Help Your Vehicle Service Go Well

Let’s face it, vehicles are complex machines, and hats off to the NAPA AutoCare technicians who can diagnose and repair them when things go wrong.  Here are four tips to follow when you take your vehicle in, according to service advisors and technicians. Describe the problem thoroughly and accurately.  When you tell friends how your…
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Fleet service available at Mountain View Automotive

Why Do They Call it a Dashboard? (Instrumental Panel Warning Lights)

Ever wonder where they came up with the term “dashboard” for that part of your vehicle that sits behind the steering wheel? That name began back before cars were even invented.  People used to travel by horse and buggy, and streets weren’t as well built as they are today.  On a muddy road (which was…
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Factory scheduled service at Mountain View Automotive

Mountain View Automotive Tech Question On Your Fuel Pump

Mountain View Automotive Tech Question: I was driving on a local Thornton road and my vehicle started sputtering and stalled. And then the engine finally quit, and I couldn’t get it started. I was towed to a shop in Thornton and found out I had to replace my fuel pump. What could I have done…
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How high altitudes effect your car

A Few “Key” Facts (Ignition Key Issues)

You expect your key to turn in your vehicle’s ignition.  But sometimes it won’t, and that’s a problem, whether you’re trying to start your vehicle or trying to leave it. Several things can cause this.  One of the most common is that the steering column locking mechanism is stuck.  Locking steering columns are an anti-theft…
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Tips on TPS (The Throttle Position Sensor)

When you step on the accelerator, you expect your vehicle to speed up, not slow down.  But, what if it doesn’t?  That can be a big problem. The answer may be a problem with the sensor that helps your vehicle determine that the proper mix of air and fuel for your engine.  It’s called the…
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Trusted Auto care in Thornton, CO

Engine Air Filter Basics for Thornton

Today in the Mountain View Automotive car care blog, we want to talk about your engine air filter. That’s the filter that cleans the air before it’s burned in your engine. Thornton residents wonder how often they should change their engine air filter. The simple answer is: when it’s dirty. That’s a function of how…
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