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Most drivers in Denver know that ball joints are an important part of the suspension system. Visualize a ball attached to a spindle, with the ball enclosed in a cup. This allows the joint to move in several directions, kind of like the way your hip works.

Most vehicles have two or four ball joints on the front, depending on the type of suspension system. The joint allows the wheels to move up and down as the tires go over bumps, as well as allowing the wheels to turn as you steer.

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The PCV valve is a small, inexpensive part that does a big job for Denver and our environment here. PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation. The crankcase is the bottom area of the engine that holds the oil. When the engine’s running, fuel is burned to generate power. Most of the exhaust from combustion goes out through the exhaust system. But some exhaust blows by the pistons and goes into the lower engine, or crankcase.

These hot gases hold about 70 percent of the fuel that hasn’t burned. This can dilute and contaminate the oil, leading to damaging engine oil sludge. It can also cause engine corrosion.

Read More: http://denverexpresscare.com/pcv-valve-replacement

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All new cars and light trucks in Denver since 2008 have come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, or TPMS. The tire pressure monitoring system detects when a tire becomes under-inflated and lights up a warning light on the dashboard.

So what’s the big deal for drivers? Well, underinflated tires can be a real safety concern. First of all, they don’t handle properly and that can lead to an accident.

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Express Car Care Tech Question:
My name is Landon. I bought a new minivan and it started smoking out of the tail pipe. My service center said my head gasket went out. What can I do to prevent this from happening again?

Express Car Care Answer:

The head gasket fits between the top of the engine and the cylinder head. Its job is to seal that connection and keep oil and coolant circulating in the right parts of the engine.

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Have you ever been in your local grocery store and had one of those shopping carts? You know, the one with a messed up wheel that wobbles like crazy. Your cart shakes and pulls to one side and if you’re not careful, it’s clean up on aisle nine.

Wheel alignment on your vehicle is a lot like that. One or more of your wheels can get out of alignment and you feel a vibration in your steering wheel, which may also be off-center.

Read More: http://denverexpresscare.com/keep-it-straight-wheel-alignment

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Your suspension system keeps your car up off the road. From there, it’s responsible for a smooth and comfortable ride around Denver. It also keeps your car wheels firmly planted over bumps and through curves on roads and highways.

Your suspension system has many important parts that do a big job. They should be inspected routinely for damage and excessive wear at least once a year. A good time would be when you get an alignment check in Denver.

Read More: http://denverexpresscare.com/need-a-suspension-inspection-at-express-car-care-in-denver

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Myths start with a grain of truth and are then built up and circulated around with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. Unfortunately the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some car bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern descendants to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off.

Let’s examine a couple of the more popular myths going around and look at the truth behind them. The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the drive line.

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Quick lube businesses and their employees have often been accused of recommending “unneeded” oil changes so they can make more money. That may be true for some businesses, but when we service a car, we only recommend services that we believe are necessary to keep your car running at its best. Here are some of the reasons why we encourage an oil change interval of 3,000 miles or every three months.

In recent years, many vehicle manufacturers have extended their recommended oil change intervals to 7,500 or 10,000 miles.

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When you take a corner in your car, the outside wheels have a little bit longer distance to cover than the inside wheels. This means that the outside wheels have to turn slightly faster than the inside wheels. This mechanical magic is made possible by the differential.

The differential is what allows the drive wheels to rotate at different speeds during turns without the wheels sticking or jumping. If your vehicle is a rear-wheel drive, the differential is located on the rear axle. If you’ve noticed a bulge in the middle of the axle when you’re driving behind a truck, that’s the differential.

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Suspension systems should continue to operate effectively for many years and thousands of miles, but eventually components do wear out. How long it takes for them to wear out depends a lot on how you drive.

As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth Colorado highways, your vehicles shock absorbers will last a lot longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy Denver roads or hauling heavy loads.

Read More: http://denverexpresscare.com/suspension-problems-in-denver-2/

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