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How Your Check Engine Light Works

Have you ever had an experience like this in Centennial, Colorado? You drive through the one of those automatic car washes. When you get to the end, where the dryer is blowing, your Check Engine light starts flashing!You fear the worst, but within a block or two, the light stops flashing, but stays on. By the next day, the light is off.You wonder; "What was going on?" Well, it's actually a good lesson in how the Check Engine light works.Your air intake system has a sensor that measures how much air is coming through it. When you went under the high-speed dryer, all that air was blasting past the sensor. Your engine computer was saying, there shouldn't be that much air when the engine is just idling. Something's wrong. Whatever's wrong could cause some serious engine damage.Warning, warning! It flashes the Check Engine light to alert you to take immediate action.It stopped flashing because once you were out from under the dryer, the airflow returned to normal. Now ... read more

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in Centennial

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to bring in the air and fuel. And there are valves that open to let out the exhaust after the fuel has been burned. Call Davis Automotive Repair at 303-790-4789 for answers about your timing belt, or drop by our Centennial, Colorado, service center on 6867 South Emporia Street. It's critical that the values be timed to open and close at precisely the right time in the combustion cycle, or the engine will run poorly or not at all.The timing belt is responsible for ... read more

Fuel Filter Replacement

Hello Centennial resident! You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your vehicle feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good fuel economy. The fuel filter's job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that it won't start or run. Some fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows fuel to go around the clogged filter so your vehicle will still run. But, then the contaminated fuel can clog your fuel injectors and allow particles into your engine.A vehicle with a partially clogged fuel filter might run well around Centennial, but sputter and strain on the because it's starving for gas. There are two things that affect how often you need to replace the filter. They are: where you drive in Colorado and the gas you buy. If you drive a lot on dirt or gravel roads in rural Co ... read more

Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Centennial residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all Centennial residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Centennial service center. To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call: Davis Automotive Repair6867 South Emporia StreetCentennial, Colorado 80112303-790-4789 These recalls always affect safety, so Centennial residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of these sites have free recall searches.Recalls are pretty seri ... read more

Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At Davis Automotive Repair we get a lot of Centennial drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around Colorado, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart Centennial drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around Centennial to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to Davis Automotive Repair for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.6867 South Emporia Street Centennial, Colorado 80112 303-790-4789 The next thing is a full service oil change to make sure all of yo ... read more

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Davis Automotive Repair

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the Colorado news. Centennial people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of Centennial motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so. There are plenty of Centennial drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in Colorado.The Centennial drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. That may sound a bit uns ... read more

Fuel Injection Basics for Centennial

All modern Centennial vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it's a topic Centennial drivers need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount at the right timeto be mixed with air and burned in the engine.So how many fuel injectors does your vehicle have? There's one for each cylinder. So four, six or eight for most folks in Centennial, Colorado. Some vehicles have 10 or 12 cylinders. The engine control computer makes adjustments to the fuel injector as it monitors the engine and other sensors. Fuel injectors are a pretty high-tech.Davis Automotive Repair can help Centennial drivers with a fuel injector cleaning service. What's the benefit? In order to work right, the fuel injectors have to deliver the fuel at a precise pressure at a very precise time. It's important that the fuel is sprayed in a particular pattern as determined by the engine design.Over tim ... read more

Keep Your Centennial Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey Centennial - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in Colorado affects when your filter needs to be changed.Dusty conditions around Centennial or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at Davis Automotive Repair can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.When you think about it, a clogged ... read more

Davis Automotive Repair Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Davis Automotive Repair automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet Centennial conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.That's called hydroplaning. If it's really bad, Centennial drivers can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won't stop as fast. So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your vehicle tire and you'll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They're designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better.And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new Davis Automotive Repair tire has very deep channels and can easily move a ... read more

What to Do In Case of an Accident

If you've ever been in a vehicle accident around Centennial, Colorado, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what you should do in case of an accident in Centennial, Colorado:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime in Colorado, even if it's not your fault. And hit-and-run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your driver's license or even jail time in our local Centennial lockup.Most places, including Colorado, require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able.Warn other Centennial motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood.Call 911 as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.Always file a police report ... read more

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