Englewood Heading in the Right Direction: Power Steering

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Power steering is pretty standard now on every car, truck and SUV in the South Denver Colorado areas these days.  Now there are even some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the heart of the power steering system is a pump.  This pump is driven by a belt that is powered by the engine.

The power steering pump generates boost that helps you as you steer your pick up truck around Englewood, CO.  Power steering systems all use hoses to move pressurized fluid back and forth.  Hoses can develop leaks.  It’s always a good idea to inspect them every time you have your oil changed.  This inspection is always included with an oil change at Aspen Auto Clinic.  Our ASE Certified Technicians perform a courtesy visual inspection with every oil change!

The power steering fluid level is also checked during an oil change service at Aspen Auto Clinic along with other fluid levels.  Low power steering fluid can damage the power steering pump.  The fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so you need to use the correct type of fluid.  Just ask your Service Advisor at Aspen Auto Clinic and he or she will be happy to give you detailed information about your specific vehicle.

In addition to providing boost, the power steering fluid cleans, cools, and lubricates the power steering system.  The lubricants and detergents are depleted over time so you will need to replace your old fluid with clean, fresh fluid periodically.

Moisture can collect in the power steering fluid as well and can result in rust and corrosion as well as reduce the effectiveness of the fluid.  Many manufacturers recommend power steering service intervals in your owner’s manual.  This important service is sometimes unfortunately left off the maintenance schedule.  If you are not sure when to have this service performed, every two years is a good rule to follow.

Your local south Denver area Aspen Auto Clinic will use a detergent to clean the system, flush out the old fluid and replace it with clean, fresh fluid.

If you are experiencing difficulty steering, erratic power assist, loud whining coming from the pump, you may have a power steering problem.  Another symptom of a power steering issue is if you have to frequently top of the fluid.

Holding the steering wheel to the far right or left for more than a few seconds at a time can wear your pump out real fast.  Aspen Auto Clinic wants you to be sure to have your power steering system serviced regularly to keep you headed in the right direction in Colorado.

ASE Certified Technicians At Aspen Auto Repair Clinic

ASE Certified Technicians are at Aspen Auto Repair Clinic Englewood!

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When your SUV or car breaks down or just needs maintenance, you might get a little nervous.  Your vehicle is important to your life in Englewood and you need to be back on the road as soon as possible with the issue fixed right the first time.  At Aspen Auto Repair Clinic, we know this and only hire the “Best of the Best”!

All of the technicians at Aspen Auto Repair Clinic are certified by the National Institute of  Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

If you check into the technician training at Aspen Auto Repair Clinic Englewood, you may be surprised at how much knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a vehicle today.  Let’s get some perspective.  Today’s four cylinder engines make more power than V-8’s in luxury cars twenty years ago.  Here’s an example:  a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket’s Ferrari in a race to sixty!

Engines today are more powerful yet at the same time their fuel economy keeps moving up – even with steep Denver gas prices.  And they are very reliable.  This is all due to the engineering.  All these advances come at the price of simplicity.  The new cars driving around Englewood and Denver streets are so much more complex from a mechanical standpoint that it can make your head spin!  Then there’s the electronics!

Modern vehicles have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions as well as other functions on the car.   All this sophistication is taken for granted by Denver area motorists.  It’s a big challenge for Aspen Auto Repair Clinic technicians to keep up, but we work hard to stay ahead of the latest technology.  It requires a high level of commitment on the part of the technician and Aspen Auto Repair Clinic’s service center as well.

Over and above the training, there’s the financial commitment to purchase the latest diagnostic and repair tools.  The Aspen Auto Repair Clinic technicians receive training through a combination of formal classroom training, training provided directly to Aspen Auto Repair Clinic by parts and equipment manufacturers, on-line courses, and home study courses.  School is never out for these professionals.

There are many independent certifications available at Aspen Auto Clinic, all the way to Master Technician.  The ability to repair your SUV requires a strong combination of resources and training.  No one can know “it all”, so at Aspen Auto Repair Clinic we subscribe to data services, technical libraries, and also on-line communities that can assist the technician when they run into a complicated problem.

It’s kind of 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 it is a science.  At Aspen Auto Repair Clinic, we want everything to be straightforward, simple, and inexpensive – but sometimes it just isn’t.

Because we have such highly trained technicians on staff that stay up on the latest in technology to serve you with your vehicle needs, we can and DO offer the very BEST warranty in the industry.  We not only warranty the parts, we warranty the work of these excellent ASE certified technicians at Aspen Auto Repair Clinic Englewood for 3 years/36,000 miles!  You can’t beat that!