Protecting Your SUV From Theft In Castle Rock, Colorado

Every car in Castle Rock, Colorado is at risk for theft. So it’s up to us Castle Rock drivers to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles:

  1. Common sense
  2. Visible and audible devices
  3. Immobilizing devices
  4. Tracking devices

Let’s review each of these. First, common sense: you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in Colorado where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it’s against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.

And don’t leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. Castle Rock motorists would be wise to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park near the end of a row and near a light. Back your car into a parking space or your driveway to make your car more visible to passersby and harder for a thief to work under the hood without being seen.

Castle Rock car owners should know that it’s essential to roll up their windows completely and avoid leaving their car in public lots for a long time. If you park in a lot that has an attendant, only give them the ignition key.

Keep valuables out of sight: purses, wallets, cell phones, clothes and even change are attractive “smash-and-grab” targets. And pay to have your Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, etched into your windows – it makes your car less attractive to a thief who wants to send your car to a chop shop.

There are lots of vital visible and audible devices available for Castle Rock drivers. A steering wheel lock is highly visible and will deter some thieves. Loud alarms can alert you and others that your vehicle is being tampered with. But if your alarm does go off, be careful. Observe what’s going on; get descriptions of suspicious people and vehicles, including license plate numbers.

Now, if you catch a thief in the act, call 911 but don’t approach the person. Your safety is more important than the car.

And here’s a great one – immobilizing devices. They actually shut off your car’s electrical or fuel supply. So without a key, or knowing where the hidden switch is located, a thief can’t drive your car away.

Finally, Castle Rock car owners can also get a tracking device that allows Castle Rock police to track their car down and recover it quickly.

Remember, where you live, work and drive around Castle Rock, Colorado has a great impact on your decisions. If you’re in an area with high theft rates, you may want to spend more money on security systems. And check with your Castle Rock, Colorado auto insurance company to see if they offer discounts for adding any of these items.

Of course, the common sense suggestions from Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. don’t cost anything and go a long way toward keeping your car safe from thieves. Take a look at the attached video auto tip from AutoNetTV.

Come see us at Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. in Castle Rock for practical advice on keeping your SUV safe.

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Charge It In Castle Rock For Extended Battery Life

Here’s an interesting statistic for our motorists in Castle Rock, Colorado: Only thirty percent of car batteries make it to forty-eight months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from fifty-one months in extremely cold areas to just thirty months in extremely hot climates.

Why is that? It turns out that it’s our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs, and entertainment computers are keeping SUV batteries from maintaining a full charge. The longer a battery goes with a low charge, the sooner it’ll die.

It’s clear that you Castle Rock drivers need to recharge your batteries. This is the job of the alternator. The problem comes when the car’s demand for electricity is high and we are driving in stop and go conditions or short trips around Castle Rock or Sedalia. The alternator just can’t keep up.

The result is shortened battery life. So what can we Castle Rock drivers do to improve our battery’s health?

We need to keep the battery as close to a full charge as possible. That can be hard because sitting for just twenty-four hours in hot weather between charges can be too long. When the weather’s cold in Castle Rock, sitting for several days will cause discharge.

So some highway driving between Castle Rock or Denver will help keep a full charge if the battery has not been deeply depleted. Car batteries are not designed to be run down really low, or deep cycled, as it’s called. So using your headlights or other power accessories when the car is off can deeply deplete your battery. Using the alternator to recharge from a deeply depleted state is also very harmful to your battery because it charges too fast. In fact, on average, your battery would only last for ten recharges like that.

If you do find yourself with a dead battery or very low battery, use a good quality battery charger to slowly bring the battery up to full charge. Follow the instructions on the charger or talk to your Honest Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. technician.

Because our batteries are so often at less than a full charge, the experts at Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. suggest that we use a battery charger from time to time to keep the charge up. They recommend once a month during hot weather and once every three months during colder times.

Now, a vital word on safety for Castle Rock motorists. Batteries contain sulfuric acid that can severely burn your skin and could blind you. If you find yourself with a dead battery, carefully inspect it before you jump start it. If the case is bulging, cracked or leaking, do not jump start it. Damaged batteries can explode or catch fire. Deeply discharged batteries can freeze. Do not jump start a frozen battery.

At Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc., we provide quality automotive service including Filters, Brakes and Headlight Restoration .

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Bouncy Bouncy

When Castle Rock car owners think about preventive maintenance, what usually comes to mind is oil, fluids and brakes. We don’t generally think about our shocks or struts, but these essential auto parts keep our tires on the road.

Castle Rock car owners don’t think about shocks as often as oil changes because shocks and struts last a long time and wear out slowly. They don’t need to be checked as often as our brake pads or air filters. By the time your shocks have fifty thousand miles on them, their performance will have noticeable degraded. If you want to restore the handling and ride designed for your SUV, examine replacing your shocks and struts.

Of course, if you drive off-road around Castle Rock, carry heavy loads, tow a trailer, or put in a lot of mileage on poor driving surfaces, your shocks or struts will wear out more quickly. You’ll need to replace them more often or upgrade to better shocks.

Your suspension system uses springs and shocks to absorb the “shocks” and vibrations of driving over road surfaces. Springs support the SUV’s weight, suspending it above the axles so the body of the SUV is protected from most of the bumps on the road. Shocks control the bounciness of the springs by moderating rebound. They also push your tires down onto the road’s surface, maximizing traction. Without shocks, your wheels would bounce over bumps and lift against curbs and corners. Shocks are vital to the safe handling of your SUV as well as a comfortable ride. Struts are a combination shock and spring in one unit.

Worn shocks result in lowered vehicle handling performance. If your vehicle “squirms” around corners or gets “floaty” over bumps, then you need to check your shocks. If the rear end of your vehicle squats while accelerating, the front end dips while braking, or one corner sags, you probably need new shocks.

Uneven tire wear may also be an indication of bad shocks. If shocks are damaged or leaking, they definitely need to be replaced.

If one of your shocks needs to be replaced, you need to replace them all. This will maintain an even ride and predictable, safe handling.

If you’re unsure whether you need new shocks, or if you’re considering upgrading to a higher quality shock, then consult with your Honest Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. service specialist. They can give you essential auto advice on the condition of your shocks and how to match your driving needs to the quality of your shocks.

Good car care is essential to the safety, performance and efficiency of your SUV. It can improve the comfort of your ride as well.

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Castle Rock Air Conditioning Service

Working up a sweat is a great thing to do in a gym around Castle Rock, but not in your car. When Castle Rock motorists’ car’s AC System has a problem, they’ll often feel it right away. The question is, how long do you put up with it? You know, the old comfort versus cost dilemma. But a more comfortable drive around Castle Rock has a lot of benefits, and keeping the AC System well maintained can help prevent costly repairs.

A common cause for AC failure is water and air in the system. The system does not work as well with air in it. And water can cause rust that leads to damage of the A/C components. Also refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system, making it work harder to try to cool the air. That is why periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system for Castle Rock drivers so it cools better and lasts longer.

Castle Rock car owners should also run the air conditioner regularly, even in the winter, so that it lubricates itself and keeps the seals from drying out. The seals can crack and that leads to leaks. Your auto manufacturer’s owner’s manual will have recommendations for how often to service your air conditioner. Some service centers also have this information as part of their computer databases. Your Honest Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. technician can give you more information.

Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc.
1235 Caprice Drive
Castle Rock, Colorado 80109
303-688-4510

Of course, if your AC currently isn’t working right, then now is the time to get it checked. Many service centers in Castle Rock such as Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. can inspect and test your air conditioning and offer evacuation and recharge services. This goes a long way to avoiding having to bring your air conditioner in for costly repairs.

Recent environmental laws have stopped the manufacture of Freon, a refrigerant that was common in cars made before 1993. There is a very limited supply of Freon so the price is very pricey in Colorado. It may not be worth its weight in gold, but it probably is worth its weight in silver. If you have an older vehicle that uses Freon, you may want to consider having it retrofitted to use the new EPA-approved R134a refrigerant. It will pay for itself in the long run.

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Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine In Castle Rock, Colorado

 




If the fuel system in your SUV is dirty, you will be hurting your fuel efficiency and losing performance as you drive around Castle Rock, Colorado.

Unless they drive a vintage car, Castle Rock motorists have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your SUV owner’s manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.

Your Honest service advisor at Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. in Castle Rock has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently.

After a professional fuel system cleaning at Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc., you’ll notice more power, improved gas mileage and reduced exhaust emissions. AutoNetTV strongly recommends you follow your car makers fuel system cleaning service recommendations to keep your SUV running strong.

Castle Rock auto owners don’t need the added expense of replacing a fuel injector that’s been damaged by neglect. Check with your Honest Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. tech and see when your car is scheduled for an important fuel system cleaning.

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The Right Fluids for Your Vehicle

Castle Rock auto owners’ current vehicles have over a century of engineering behind them. They have evolved into complex and powerful machines. Developments in their engines, however, have coincided with advances in many other vehicle components, including the fluids.

It’s essential for Castle Rock drivers to always use the right type of fluid for their SUV. Your service advisor and your owner’s manual are resources for auto advice on exactly what types of fluid your vehicle needs. Improper fluids can damage your vehicle and void your warranty.

Some of the fluids that have changed significantly in recent years are cooling system fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid and motor oil. Each of these comes in many varieties now, and it’s vital to know exactly which one your SUV needs.

Cooling systems were once made of iron, steel and rubber. One coolant could be used to protect all of these materials. But new cooling systems have components made from a variety of metal alloys and several kinds of plastic, and coolants now contain additives that protect these various materials from corrosion. Since the materials vary among vehicle manufacturers, they require different additives, which means there are now a number of coolants on the market. The type of coolant your SUV needs depends on the materials used in its cooling system.

Most vehicles used to require Dot 3 brake fluid. But now many vehicles need Dot 4 or Dot 5. Some Castle Rock car owners mistakenly think the higher numbers reflect an increase in grade—that Dot 4 is somehow better than Dot 3. But the truth is, the numbers represent variations in formulation. The different formulas have evolved to meet the demands of newer and better brake systems. For a long time, transmission fluid came in two varieties: regular and friction-modified. But transmissions have come a long way recently, and so have the fluids that protect and lubricate them. There are several new types of fluid on the market, but your SUV is designed for just one of them.

Of all the automotive fluids, motor oils have experienced perhaps the greatest advances in engineering and technology. A number of new weights and formulations have recently been developed to meet the needs of modern engines, which have more parts and tighter tolerances than ever before. Engines have become more sophisticated and complicated, but they have also increased in power and fuel efficiency. Despite these changes, Castle Rock motorists still need them to be highly durable.

That’s the job of motor oil. Motor oil still has to perform its original, important function—lubricating and protecting the engine. It is formulated to help clean the engine as well. Modern motor oil also has to be thin enough to penetrate small engine passages yet still be resistant to vaporization.

Specialized motor oils have also been developed for high-mileage vehicles. If your SUV has 75,000 miles or more on it, you might consider switching to one of these motor oils. They contain extra detergents that help clean older engines and important additives that condition seals and gaskets that can become brittle with age. High-mileage motor oils come in weights and types just like regular motor oils, and Castle Rock drivers should match the proper weight and type of high-mileage oil to their vehicle in the same way you would regular motor oil.

Over time, vehicles have developed in complexity and variety, and their fluids have developed as well. Each vehicle is matched to a set of fluids that meet its specific requirements. Colorado vehicle owners should take care to learn their SUV’s fluid requirements before topping off at home. A large part of preventive maintenance for Castle Rock car owners is making sure your vehicle’s fluids are clean and adequate, but they must be the proper type as well. As our SUVs become more sophisticated, car care becomes more sophisticated as well.

Learning about proper fluids for your vehicle will help you maintain its performance and prolong its life. Talk to us at Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. in Castle Rock.

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Castle Rock Tire Repair

Most Castle Rock auto owners have experienced a flat tire. You know it’s inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn’t just a big safety issue for Colorado drivers – it also has a financial impact. With high Castle Rock gas prices, we’ve all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to get the best possible fuel efficiency. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer. 

There’s another danger to under-inflated tires for Castle Rock motorists. Low tire pressure puts added stress on the structure of the tire itself, causing it to break down prematurely. Also, under-inflated tires generate more heat which also reduces tire life. So get those slow leaks fixed quickly – don’t just keep airing them up every few days. You want to avoid expensive tire damage.

Tires can also be damaged by road hazards in and around Castle Rock. Punctures, cuts and unfortunate encounters with curbs or potholes can also cause damage that could lead to tire failure. Sometimes, it’s something that an automotive analysis would reveal. Try to remember to check your tires when you’re pumping fuel. Look for slashes, missing chunks, nails or screws in the tread or just uneven wear. Of course check the air pressure too.

Now tire damage can be on the inside where Castle Rock auto owners can’t see it until it’s removed from the wheel. Such damage could come from a severe impact, driving on a flat around Denver or even just low pressure. Some punctures can cause internal damage that is too extreme to be repaired. You may see our Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. tire professionals take the time to remove your flat from the rim and inspect the inside before repairing it, which means we’re just following best practices.

Of course, some tires just can’t be repaired at your Castle Rock service center or Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc.. A puncture may be too large to plug. Also, the puncture could be in a location that’s not safe to repair like in the sidewall or outer portion of the tread. So called run-flat tires should not be repaired because their design is such that internal damage can’t be detected by a visual inspection by your Honest Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. service professional.

Castle Rock motorists should only hire qualified tire professionals to perform repairs – we have a whole team of them at Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc.. Denver folks can buy self repair kits, but we advise you to save those for emergencies, like when you’re off-roading and need a quick fix so you can hobble back to Castle Rock civilization and get professional help. If you need to use a repair-in-a-can product, remember it’s a temporary measure only and your tire needs to be properly repaired as soon as possible.

Here are some other considerations: A DIY flat repair may void your tire manufacturer’s warranty – just something to keep in mind. Also, if you repair a speed rated tire, you should not use it in any motorsports or operate it above legal speed limits. Your Honest Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. tire specialist will repair your tire whenever it’s safe to do so and he’ll advise you when it’s better to replace it. So watch those curbs and keep the air – on the inside.

Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc.
1235 Caprice Drive
Castle Rock, Colorado 80109
303-688-4510

At Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

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Your Well Trained Technician At Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc.

When your SUV has a problem, or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your car’s so important to your life in Castle Rock, you need to back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.

If you’ve ever checked into some of the technician training Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8’s. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket’s Ferrari in a race to sixty.

Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep Sedalia gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers at the leading auto makers. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. The modern cars Sedalia drivers drive around Colorado interstates are so much more complex from a mechanical standpoint that it makes your head spin – not to mention the electronics.

Some SUVs have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle operations as well. Sedalia motorists take all of this sophistication for granted – but somebody has to fix it when it breaks. It’s a real challenge for Castle Rock Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. technicians to keep up, but we work hard to stay ahead of the technology. It requires a high level of commitment on the part of the technicians and the Sedalia service centers as well.

Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. technicians receive training through a combination of formal classroom training, training provided at Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. by parts and equipment manufacturers, on-line courses and home study courses.

In addition to the expensive training, there’s the financial commitment for Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. to purchase the diagnostic and repair tools.

There are many independent certifications available at Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. all the way up to Master Technician. The ability to repair your SUV requires a strong combination of training and resources. No one can know everything, so Sedalia auto service centers subscribe to data services, technical libraries and even on-line communities that can help them when they run into a difficult problem.

It’s like those medical diagnosis shows on TV. Here are the symptoms – what’s the diagnosis and treatment? Diagnosis is every bit as much an art as a science. At Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc., we want everything to be simple, straightforward and inexpensive – but sometimes it just isn’t.

The next time you bring us your SUV, don’t worry. You’re in good hands at Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc..

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The Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. Guide To Vehicle Diagnosis

Why is my check engine light on?

Modern Castle Rock vehicles have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions – and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle.

Think about that for a minute – things that used to be controlled by simple mechanical connections now have electronic controls that rely on computers, software and sensors. It’s no wonder that when something goes wrong with their SUV it can be pretty complicated for Castle Rock car owners to track down the source of the problem.

To help your Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. tech figure out what’s wrong, your SUV is equipped with on-board diagnostics. The Check Engine Light comes on to tell you there’s a problem and the engine management computer stores a trouble code. Your Honest Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. service advisor connects a scan tool to your vehicle’s diagnostic port and retrieves the trouble codes as well as other important data.

Trouble codes are like clues for the Denver technician to follow as he diagnoses what’s wrong with your SUV. In a way, it’s like going to your Castle Rock doctor with a problem. She’ll run some additional tests and gather the information she needs to make a diagnosis and form a treatment plan. How much a vehicle diagnosis costs at Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. in Castle Rock depends on how much time it takes to sort out the symptoms and find the underlying problem.

Give us a call

Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc.
303-688-4510
1235 Caprice Drive
Castle Rock, Colorado 80109
http://ddautorepair.com

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Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc.

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the Colorado news. Castle Rock people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better MPG and receive a government rebate.

A lot of Castle Rock motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They’re good commuters, Castle Rock 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 SUVs for 200,000 miles or more – as long as it’s economical to do so.

There are plenty of Castle Rock drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles. We can learn from what they’re doing to keep our own SUVs on the road in Colorado.

The brilliant Castle Rock auto owners of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change.

That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it’s really not. First off, oil is the life blood of your SUV’s engine and it needs to be clean to properly lubricate. Skipping oil changes leads to clogged oil filters and sludge that is dangerous for your engine.

There’s another essential reason why the scheduled oil change is so important for Castle Rock car owners. It’s simple – a Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. professional is going to be looking at your car. All of your fluid levels will be inspected and topped off so they won’t get so low that damage can be done. If there is a significant fluid loss, let’s use brake fluid as an example, your Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. technician can look for the cause of the loss and find the problem before it leads to an accident or pricey repair.

Your Honest Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. service advisor will also visually inspect your SUV for worn belts and hoses, uneven tire wear, leaking shock absorbers and more. Problems get addressed before they lead to repairs that cost more than the car’s worth.

And your Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. advisor will be able to remind you of other critical services that the factory recommends you get done. Just think of that oil change the same way as you do about going to your Castle Rock dentist for your six month cleaning and checkup. Don’t skip it.

Realistically, things are going to wear out as your SUV gets older. On the way to 200,000 miles you’ll go through several batteries, probably a couple of alternators and water pumps, a set of shocks and likely some brake rotors.

Of course, these things cost some bucks, but they are less costly than new SUV payments in Castle Rock. With proper service at Double “D” Auto Repair, Inc. in Castle Rock and regular inspections, you’ll keep surprise repairs to a minimum and more cash in your wallet.

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