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Auto Repair Shop in Boulder, CO Since 1983
Auto Repair Shop in Boulder, CO Since 1983

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Boulder's Leading Toyota Repair Gurus (https://goo.gl/SV928c) - Toyota is known as a good brand, and they're always working to make the most advanced, reliable and safe vehicles. However, as with any vehicle, they can have issues once in a while. Common Toyota issues include oil leaks, torn front axle boots, brake vibration from warped rotors, and more.

Avoiding Expensive Engine Trouble with Routine Maintenance (https://goo.gl/5AucVH) - Regular maintenance is essential to help keep your vehicle running well. Items you may need to address are the cooling system, oil changes, air filters, tires, engine, etc.

Why is My Car AC Blowing Hot Air? (https://goo.gl/HX3Bo4) - Typically, a lack of cold air is due to a lack of refrigerant (when it's slowly getting worse). If there's a sudden loss of cool air, it's likely that either the seal or O-ring have given up, or you have a broken circuit.

Contact Independent Motors with any questions regarding your vehicle.

At Independent Motors, we focus on honesty and loyalty and offer a variety of services for your vehicle in the Boulder, CO area. Contact us today (303-449-8949) or visit our website (https://goo.gl/vmnmxn) to learn more.

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When Vehicles Need Service (https://goo.gl/KKdGdH)

While you may understand the importance of vehicle care, you may not know how often service is necessary. The answer is actually fairly simple.

"Follow the factory recommended maintenance schedule in the owner's manual or service booklet for your car."

Maintenance Reminder Systems - If you have a newer vehicle, it may have a reminder system which provides alerts on the dash for oil changes, fluid levels, car maintenance, etc.

Mileage-Based Service - There are often two schedules - one for vehicles driven in "normal" conditions and another for those driven in "severe" operating conditions. Severe could include carrying heavy loads, primarily short trips under five miles, extreme temperatures, etc.

Do you have questions about maintenance for your vehicle? Our Boulder mechanics can help, as we offer repair and service for a variety of brands. We also value community, loyalty, and honesty. We truly are your one-stop shop for all things auto repair - and tires too!

At Independent Motors, we focus on honesty and loyalty and offer a variety of services for your vehicle in the Boulder, CO area. Contact us today (303-449-8949) or visit our website (https://goo.gl/vmnmxn) to learn more.

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Potential Reasons Why Your Vehicle Isn't Handling Like it Used to (https://goo.gl/Q025EH)

At some point, you may feel as though your vehicle is handling differently than normal. If this happens, it's important to bring your car to an expert mechanic in your area, as it could be a sign of a bigger issue.

Our Boulder mechanics can identify the issue and help you understand what your options might be.

"The truth is that different parts of your vehicle could be causing that sensation of your vehicle not handling properly." If this is the case, it's likely time to visit a mechanic anyway.

Possible reasons for poor handling could include:
>< Transmission Issues - While your transmission may only need to be looked at a few times during your vehicle's lifetime; the transmission fluid should be changed periodically.

>< Tire Problem - Make sure your tire pressure isn't too high or too low and ensure your tires are still in good shape.

>< Suspension Is Off - You could also have an issue with the suspension or axle.

Questions? Contact our expert auto technicians for help.

At Independent Motors, we focus on honesty and loyalty and offer a variety of services for your vehicle in the Boulder, CO area. Contact us today (303-449-8949) or visit our website (https://goo.gl/vmnmxn) to learn more.

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Tire Safety Checklist: What to Do Before Your Next Road Trip (https://goo.gl/oMXvHT)

Tire inspections are an important part of vehicle maintenance and could help with your safety and fuel economy.

Whether you're heading out on a long road trip or simply haven't checked your tires lately, it's important to do so.

"A flat tire or other tire problem can be an inconvenience when you're far from home, and the heat that can build up in tires over a long drive at high speeds can exacerbate these problems."

Check Tire Pressure - Underinflated tires can wear out quicker and are less fuel efficient. Refer to your owner's manual for the ideal pressure.

Check Tread Depth and Worn Spots - How worn are your tires? If the grooves are too shallow, for example, it may be time for new tires.

Check Tire Sidewalls - Buldges can happen from hitting potholes or curbs, and tires should be replaced if you see one.

If you have questions about your tires or vehicle maintenance in general, contact us for help.

At Independent Motors, we focus on honesty and loyalty and offer a variety of services for your vehicle in the Boulder, CO area. Contact us today (303-449-8949) or visit our website (https://goo.gl/vmnmxn) to learn more.

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Are Car Wash Extras Worth it? (https://goo.gl/CQXKpu)

Is it worth it to pay more for extra wheel brightening or undercoat? According to Consumer Reports, it won't hurt your vehicle if you choose to skip them, and it could save you some money.

How Often Should I Wash My Car? - Washing your vehicle isn't just for looks - it's important to help protect the finish of your vehicle as well. The dirt that builds up can actually get into the paint film and take away from the gloss. Also, bugs release amino acids that could damage the clear coat, and bird droppings can deteriorate the finish.

"You need to remove that road grit and residue left from rain and birds, or it can lead to damaged paint and corrosion," says John Ibbotson, Consumer Reports' chief mechanic.

A good rule of thumb is to wash your vehicle if you see anything on it.

If you have questions about vehicle repair and maintenance, contact our expert Boulder mechanics for help.

At Independent Motors, we focus on honesty and loyalty and offer a variety of services for your vehicle in the Boulder, CO area. Contact us today (303-449-8949) or visit our website (https://goo.gl/vmnmxn) to learn more.

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Mountain Vehicle Maintenance (https://goo.gl/NKwoi2)

Car maintenance requires some commitment, and putting it off can end up costing you more later on.

"The true cost of not maintaining your vehicle can include hefty repair bills for bad brakes, failed emissions tests and maybe even a failed engine," says Margarette Burnette at Bankrate.

Here are some things you should do throughout the year with your mountain vehicle:

Every month - Check your tire pressure, engine light, dash warning lights, windshield washer fluid, oil levels, and the maintenance sticker on your windshield.

Every 3 months - Check all fluids under the hood, your wiper blades, battery, belts, and hoses. It may also be time to replace your conventional oil and filter.

Every 6 months - Replace synthetic oil and filter, rotate tires, inspect air filter, and check your spare tire to ensure it's in good condition and has the right air pressure.

Once/year - About once/year, inspect your brakes, replace the cabin air filter, inspect coolant, and inspect steering and suspension.

If you have questions about your vehicle and necessary maintenance, contact our expert mechanics.

At Independent Motors, we focus on honesty and loyalty and offer a variety of services for your vehicle in the Boulder, CO area. Contact us today (303-449-8949) or visit our website (https://goo.gl/vmnmxn) to learn more.

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Why You Shouldn't Overlook the Condition of Your Tires (https://goo.gl/XFiLTC)

Maintenance and repairs are part of having a vehicle, and certain aspects shouldn't be avoided. "To save money, it's important to know that nearly everything is interconnected when it comes to your vehicle's safety and handling."

When is the last time you had your tires checked? If it was longer than six months ago, you should schedule an appointment with a mechanic.

How Tires Relate to Brake and Steering Safety - "The condition of your tires has a direct effect on how your braking and steering respond." Without the proper grip on the tires, steering can be inaccurate and cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

What to Look for When Evaluating Tires - One thing to check is the tread. This can be done by putting a penny in the tread. If you're still able to see Lincoln's head, it's time for new tires. Tire pressure is important to check regularly as well.

If you have questions about your vehicle or its tires, our expert mechanics can help.

At Independent Motors, we focus on honesty and loyalty and offer a variety of services for your vehicle in the Boulder, CO area. Contact us today (303-449-8949) or visit our website (https://goo.gl/vmnmxn) to learn more.

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Tips for Buying a Used Car (https://goo.gl/hPb4Yr)

Even if you purchase a used vehicle with warranty or you had a complete inspection done, there's still some uncertainty as to how it was taken care of, previous issues that may not have been disclosed, etc. With that being said, there are many benefits to purchasing a used vehicle.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Change Fluids - Unless you have a service record for your new vehicle, consider having the fluids changed right away to ensure it's in good shape.

Don't Forget the Filters - You should change the oil filter, engine filter, and cabin air filter soon after your purchase as well.

Check Out the Tires - Tires that are cleaned and shined can hide defects, so be sure to check the tread, air pressure, signs of wear, etc.

Visit a Mechanic You Trust - At Independent Motors, we focus on quality and customer service. Visit our Boulder mechanics if you're in need of maintenance or repairs.

If you have questions or are in need of service, contact us.

At Independent Motors, we focus on honesty and loyalty and offer a variety of services for your vehicle in the Boulder, CO area. Contact us today (303-449-8949) or visit our website (https://goo.gl/vmnmxn) to learn more.

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Tire Shopping in Boulder Just Got Better (https://goo.gl/9WjPCw)

Boulder Tire is a subsidiary of Independent Motors and has just joined with Tires Inc., making it the largest independent tire shop in the Boulder area.

After 35 years in the business, Tires Inc. closed their doors on August 1.

"I believe Boulder Tire will provide our customers with the same quality service and competitive pricing they've always received from us," says former Tires Inc. owner Nick Hardy. "Bill Bender, the owner of Boulder Tire, has been in the auto repair business for 35 years. We opened the same year. Bill has purchased our top of the line equipment and tire inventory and hired several of our employees. Their expertise will help ensure a seamless transition. I can now close our doors knowing that our customers are in good hands."

Boulder Tire & Independent Motors owner Bill Bender is excited about the new adventure.

"We believe that Tires Inc. clients will appreciate the choice to get car maintenance and repairs done alongside their tire purchases and service," Bill said. _"Customers can schedule free tire rotations with oil changes or other automotive repairs."

If you're in need of tires in the Boulder area, come to Boulder Tire! We offer a variety of high-quality tires at various price points.

At Independent Motors, we focus on honesty and loyalty and offer a variety of services for your vehicle in the Boulder, CO area. Contact us today (303-449-8949) or visit our website (https://goo.gl/vmnmxn) to learn more.

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Creating a Vehicle Maintenance Journal (https://goo.gl/u21S3Q)

Life happens, and it can be tough to remember when you've had work done on your vehicle. While you may have a sticker on your windshield, it still helps to keep a record of when things have been done.

Here are a few methods to consider:
Spiral notebook - If you prefer writing things down, having a notebook small enough to fit in your glove box could be a good idea. "Keep a pen clipped to your pad so you can jot down gas mileage, oil changes, tire rotation and even things like when you got the car washed last and how long it's been since you changed the wiper blades."

File - If you have a file system that works for you, create some organized by date to track maintenance.

Smartphone - Some people prefer to have everything in the palm of their hand, so creating notes on a phone works for some.

Web - There are websites that allow you to track everything you have done with your vehicle online.

If you're in need of maintenance or repairs, come see our Boulder mechanics today.

At Independent Motors, we focus on honesty and loyalty and offer a variety of services for your vehicle in the Boulder, CO area. Contact us today (303-449-8949) or visit our website (https://goo.gl/vmnmxn) to learn more.

#Boulder #Colorado #vehicle #maintenance
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