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Welcome to the ACE Fall Monthly .Com Car Clinic. 
Many believe that nitrogen in car tires provides wonderful fuel and safety benefits.  However, according to an article published by Consumer Reports (CR), the common belief that nitrogen-filled tire will reduce air loss, boost your fuel economy, reduce rolling resistance, and improve safety is more theoretical than practical. Check out the rest of the CR article here.

Source:  Consumer Reports


Welcome to the ACE Spring Monthly .Com Car Clinic.
With every passing season, drivers in the know, 'know' that seasonal maintenance is key to safely operating their cars.  Angie's List has a wonderfully informational web page, detailing the top 5 Spring Car Maintenance Tips.  Everything from checking tire inflation to removing winter salt, the article from Angie's List covers the top 5 things every driver should know.  We suggest you check out the entire article here for safe spring motoring.


Source:  Angie's List


Welcome to the ACE Winter Monthly .Com Car Clinic. 
Checking tire tread throughout the year, not just at the start of winter driving, is needed to ensure safe vehicle operation all-year-round. The Vail Daily publication recently published a wonderful article regarding a new state-wide safe driving campaign, centering on one simple yet significant hashtag, #baldtiressuck.  ;-). We have included a link to the article below.  As a general rule, you can use a common quarter to check the safety of your tire tread.  All you need do is stick the quarter in your tire tread, head down. If the tread covers any part of Washington's head, the tires are legally safe. For more info, please see the Vail Daily story, 'Can A Hashtag Make Driving Vail Pass More Safe During The Winter Months?'

Source:  The Vail Daily


Welcome to the ACE Summer Monthly .Com Car Clinic.
Did you know that car theft is on the rise in the state of Colorado?  KOAA NBC 5 reported on July 11, 2018, that 19,488 vehicles were stolen in Colorado in 2017, an average of 375 stolen per week and an 8% increase from 2016.  Colorado Springs and Pueblo are the hardest hit regions in the state with more car theft than any other part of Colorado.  A new statewide effort is underway to reduce the number of cars stolen in Colorado.  It's called, LOCKDOWN: COLORADAN'S AGAINST AUTO THEFT.  For more info, read the full story on the KOAA NBC 5 website

  Source:  KOAA NBC 5


Welcome to the ACE Spring Monthly .Com Car Clinic.
If you've recently gone tire-kicking, taking a few new cars for a test drive, you've encountered the Auto Start/Stop feature.  Automotive manufacturers tout this as a fuel efficiency bonus with new cars with claims of 5%-to-12% fuel savings.  Industry experts have discussed the pros and cons of the Auto Stop/Start feature.  To give you scoop on this praised and problematic feature, we turned to Auto Week.  You can find their article, 'What Is Auto Stop/Start? Auto Week Explains' here 

 Source:  Auto Week


Welcome to the ACE Fall Monthly .Com Car Clinic.
Did you know ... that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) provides seasonal driving conditions on their CO Trip website?  That's right!  The CDOT website provides a wealth of information for Colorado drivers related to seasonal driving conditions and more.  You can find the CDOT CO Trip website here.



Welcome to the ACE Summer Monthly .Com Car Clinic.
Summer can be a brutal season on your vehicle.  Proper maintenance at the beginning, middle, and end of the summer will ensure the safety of you and your family.  Don't hit the road this summer without reading these 10 Simple Summer Car Care Tips, courtesy of Auto Trader. 

1.  Coolant System.  Keeping cool is paramount, not just for ourselves but also for our cars. In addition to checking the level of coolant fluid in your car, go the extra mile and inspect the state of the hoses and the coolant reservoir. Keep an eye out for leaks, especially at joints and connection points, such as where a hose connects to the engine block. Also, squeeze the hoses (when the engine is cool) every once in a while to make sure they feel firm and not excessively squishy or soft.

2.  Engine Belts.  There is usually a serpentine belt that runs between the alternator, the fan, and several other components. It can deteriorate, become loose, start to squeal, and sometimes just break for no apparent reason. It needs to be in good condition and at the right amount of tension. If you see cracks in the belt or small pieces missing, it's time to replace the belt.

3.  Wipers.  Yes, it's summer, but it's probably going to rain at some point. Worn wipers create nasty streaks across the windshield and can affect your vision while driving. Replacing them doesn't cost much, but it can be a fiddly operation. If you're in the habit of taking your car in for oil changes, ask them about the wipers, too. Sometimes a dealership will sell you the wipers and install them for free.

4.  Other Essential Fluids.  Check oil, brake, power steering and windshield washer fluids regularly. These liquids never stop being used and consumed. Speaking of brake fluid, how do the brakes on your car feel in general? Are they feeling a bit spongy? If so, new pads and a system bleed might be required. This is the kind of maintenance you should have your mechanic or dealership take care of.

For more information and additional tips, check out the full article at Auto Trader.

Source:  (Auto Trader).

Summer Maintenance Tips


Welcome to the ACE Spring Monthly .Com Car Clinic.
Spring showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring with them, a host of seasonal driving issues.  Check out these great spring driving tips, courtesy of the Travelers Insurance Company.  

Per the Travelers Insurance Company 'Spring Driving Tips' checklist ...

1.  Keep an eye out for pedestrians, especially with warmer days ahead.  The number of people walking and biking along and on the roadways increases as temperatures rise.

2.  Spring heralds road construction season.  While driving, be vigilant, be on the lookout for an increased number of construction vehicles and personnel on the road. 

3.  Weather is often a factor while driving, especially in the spring.  Heavy rainfall and even hail can create hazardous driving conditions.  Download your favorite weather app and listen for weather alerts prior to getting in the car.

For more information and additional tips, check out the full article at Travelers Insurance Company.

Source:  (Travelers Insurance Company).


Welcome to the ACE Winter Monthly .Com Car Clinic. Winter driving means black ice.  For more information on this dangerous winter driving topic, we went to the experts at  For your safety and that of your family, please take a moment to review this informative article on ... how to spot black ice.

Black ice forms when the air is at 32 degrees or below at the surface and rain is falling, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Andrew Mussoline. The ground temperature causes the precipitation to freeze upon impact, thus creating ice. Sleet and the refreezing of snow or water can also generate black ice. This type of ice gets its name from its ability to blend in with its surroundings. It's called black ice because it tends to look like the rest of the pavement on the road, but it's actually clear. The complexion of black ice makes it extremely difficult to spot, but using a car thermometer as an initial gauge can be helpful in determining the road conditions. A car thermometer, like any digital thermometer, tries to find the air's ambient temperature. So, if a vehicle's thermometer is close to freezing, the car driver should be cautious on the roads. While the sensors themselves are usually very accurate, their placement on a vehicle can make them less reliable. Located outside the car, behind the front bumper, these sensors sometimes pick up heat from the car's engine, resulting in a higher temperature reading, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Frank Strait. In addition, these thermometers can also read lower if rainwater hits the sensors and evaporates while the car is at a higher speed. Overall, car thermometers give relatively accurate readings, but for various reasons they can be incorrect, so they should not be used as the absolute authority. 

Due to the restrictions of a car's thermometers, the best way to know if roads are icy before heading out the door is to be aware of when, where and how black ice forms. The prime times for the development of this ice are around dawn and in the late evening when temperatures are typically the lowest. During the day, the best thing to do before getting in a vehicle is to take a look at the pavement. Before getting on the roads at night, drivers should be informed of the area's weather conditions, as black ice is hardest to see in the dark, according to Lee. The most common locations for the emergence of black ice are shaded or tree-covered parts of driveways and roadways due to the lack of sunlight and bridges and overpasses because of their ability to freeze quickly. While driving on black ice is similar in some regards to driving on snow, the biggest difference between the two is the amount of traction the vehicle retains.

For more information on each topic shown above, check out the full article at  

Source:  (


Welcome to the ACE Fall Monthly .Com Car Clinic.   While driving through areas with beautiful fall foliage can be a seasonal treat, driving during the fall season can be dangerous.  

Driving during the fall season creates hazards most of us are unaware of.  As the summer season bids farewell to COLORful COLORado, we thought it a good idea to provide drivers in our great state with some practical fall driving tips, courtesy of our friends at  

1.  Avoid braking on fall leaves.   

2.  Be aware of the danger of seasonal sun glare.

3.  Be smart while driving on wet pavement during seasonal and more frequent showers. 

4.  Be careful on bridges during the early morning hours.

5.  Give your eyes time to adjust from light to dark as our days get shorter.

6.  Schedule a seasonal vehicle check-up.

7.  Be aware of wildlife during the start of deer breeding season.

For more information on each topic shown above, check out the full article at  

Source:  (

Photo credit: The Season of Fallen Leaves via photopin (license)


Welcome to the ACE Spring/Summer Monthly .Com Car Clinic.   Did you know that teen drivers are more at risk during the spring and summer seasons?

It's true.  AAA reports, 'the average number of deaths from crashes involving teen drivers ages 16-19 increased by 16% per day compared to other days of the year.'  As the article states, one of the primary risks to your teen is distracted driving.  Another is the complexity of navigating the roads with an increased volume of vehicles.  To help keep your teen driver safe, please see this article from the Deseret News published June 3, 2016.  The Deseret News article is full of tips to keep your teen driver safe during the upcoming summer season.  

For more information, check out the Deseret News story here.

Source:  (Deseret News).


Welcome to the ACE Winter Monthly .Com Car Clinic.   Are you familiar with the dangers of Puffing during the winter season?  If not, please take a moment to review the following information, courtesy of 9News.  

When it comes to protecting the public as it pertains to the dangers of puffing, NoCo residents are fortunate due to the efforts of two local groups; Coloradans Against Auto Theft and Colorado Auto Theft Investigators. Just last week, at the end of January 2015, these two organizations teamed up to create 'Puffer Week', a week-long event to create awareness for this risky seasonal activity. Per a recent article from 9News, 'the week-long statewide awareness and enforcement push aims to educate the public about the risks, dangers and heightened crime associated with auto theft, specifically "puffers" - cars left running unattended.'  Facts about puffing disclosed in the 9News article include:  

  • Puffers accounted for nearly 15 percent of all auto thefts in 2013.
  • The average number of vehicles stolen per day, 7.
  • Peak month for risk of theft, January.

For more information on the recent Puffer Week, check out the 9News story here.

Source:  (KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation).


Welcome to the ACE Summer Monthly .Com Car Clinic.   While unfortunate, one word continues to creep into news headlines all too often. That word is RECALL.  Because of this, we wanted to make Recall Resources the focus of the Summer Car Clinic. For your safety and that of your family, please take a moment to review or even bookmark the following Recall Resources.  

Source:  Automotive News. Interactive Graphic Created by and . View the full interactive graphic here.

Recall Path


Welcome to the ACE Spring Monthly .Com Car Clinic.   Spring is here and that can mean rough roads and dangerous driving.  Many drivers experience issues with their vehicle after only a few week of spring driving.  The primary symptom ... a vehicle that pulls to the left or right while driving.  Issues related to tires, steering, and suspension can be serious and need to be checked out and resolved ASAP!  To help identify an issue with your vehicle, please see the following checklist of potential trouble areas.  When a car pulls to the left or right while driving:

  • Check your tires.  Low or uneven tire pressure or uneven tire wear can be the cause.
  • Check your wheel alignment.
  • Check your steering components; tie rods or steering rack.  

Source:  About Autos


Welcome to the ACE Winter Monthly .Com Car Clinic.   The official start to Winter is nearly upon us and Coloradans need to begin thinking about outfitting their cars for winter safety. Whether driving solo or with a family, if your car were to break down in the dead of Winter, your chance of survival increase substantially with a fully stocked Winter Survival Kit on-board. This life-saving kit could mean the difference between life and death.  We've prepared a list of some Winter Survival Kit essentials for you to review.  To get the entire survival kit list, tips and to view a video on how to set up your own Winter Survival Kit, please check out the Ready Wisconsin website.

  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper and small broom
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Water
  • Snack food including energy bars
  • Raisins and mini candy bars
  • Matches and small candles
  • Extra hats, socks, and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • Blankets or sleeping bag
  • Tow chain or rope

Source:  Ready Wisconsin

Winter Survival Kit


Welcome to the ACE Summer Monthly .Com Car Clinic.   The Summer is here and so are severe storms.  In recent weeks and days, the NOCO and SOCO regions have been ravaged by severe storms bringing with them, dangerous lightning, torrential rain and ... HAIL. We thought we would take this time to go over some of the finer points of the most common vehicle hail repair process, Paintless Dent Repair (PDR). Please see the following article "How Paintless Dent Removal Works".  

Source:  How Stuff Works


Welcome to the ACE Spring Monthly .Com Car Clinic.   With the Spring season fully underway, all drivers should take a moment to take stock in their vehicle after the long cold Winter.  The Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) organization has some great "Springtime Auto Tips" for drivers young and old.  Here are a few.

  • Read the owner's manual and follow any recommended seasonal service schedules.
  • Have hard starts, rough idling, stalling, etc. corrected before hot weather sets in.
  • Flush and refill the cooling systems (radiator) according to the service manual's recommendations.  

For more great Springtime Automotive Tips, check out the entire checklist on the ASE web page.  Happy Spring NOCO!  


ASE Certified

Welcome to the ACE Winter Monthly .Com Car Clinic.   As we post this clinic info we find ourselves in late February 2014. As Winter transitions to Spring, we inevitably experience the annual difficult driving period known as pothole season!  With Winter temps fluctuating, NOCO roads take a beating. During these massive fluctuations of hot and cold, our highways and by-ways open up creating potholes that can make for treacherous driving.  Here are a few tips for keeping your car safe during pothole season.

  • Drive cautiously.  Slow down and don't tailgate so you have a clear view of the road and potholes.
  • Avoid driving through puddles as some may contain deep potholes.
  • Entering a pothole, hold the wheel tightly to avoid losing control of the vehicle.
  • Don't brake. Braking compresses suspension which can create more damage.
  • After pothole season has passed, it's a good idea to get your car checked for an alignment.    

Source:  The Weather Channel "Don't Brake Into a Pothole".



Welcome to the ACE Fall Monthly .Com Car Clinic.   As Summer turns to Fall, we take a look at seasonal maintenance for your car. Check out this great list of Fall car maintenance items.  And remember ... If You Need Help Getting Your Car Ready For Fall, Give ACE a Call ... and schedule an appointment!  

  • Check for worn wiper-blades.
  • Check your battery.  The extreme heat of summer can reduce the life of a battery.
  • Check your brakes.
  • Check your belts and hoses.  Look for thin or cracked spots.
  • Check your tires.  Extreme temperature changes can alter your tire pressure.
  • Check/top off all vehicle fluids.
  • Check your air filter.
  • Check your lights/lamps front and back. 

Fall maintenance


Welcome to the ACE Summer Monthly .Com Car Clinic.  As the seasons change, we thought it would be a great idea to address a few 'seasonal' car safety and repair tips.  We do our best to scour the Web looking for content courtesy of industry experts and savvy content providers.

Car Emergency/Preparedness Kit Items.  Many of the following items should already be in your car emergency/preparedness kit.

  • Bottled water.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Hand/foot warmers.
  • Extra sox, gloves, hats.
  • Blankets.
  • First aid kit.
  • Took kit.
  • Shovel.
  • Bag of sand or kitty litter (useful when stuck in the snow).
  • Spare tire w/ tire changing tools and instructions.
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Roadside flares/reflective triangles.
  • Flashlight (LED preferred).
  • Tow strap.
  • Nonperishable snacks.
  • Tire gauge.
  • Spare gas can.

Before you hit the road for vacation, please check out these helpful pre-trip checklist items. Be safe.

a.)  Vehicle Fluids - Check all vehicle fluids including; coolant, motor oil, transmission, brake, power steering and windshield fluid levels.

b.)  Tires - Check pressure, tread and general condition of tires.  If necessary, have your tires rotated and vehicle aligned.  Also, check the condition of your spare tire and ensure all tire-changing tools are in good working order.

c.)  Windshield - check for any cracks or chips.

d.)  Emergency Kit - Pack an emergency kit with the following items; flashlight with fresh batteries, cell phone charger, first-aid kit, jumper cables, blankets, snacks, flares/road reflectors, drinking water, aerosol tire-inflating product, etc.

e.)  Road-Side Assistance - Be sure that your road-side assistance vehicle policy (if applicable) is current and that the proper phone numbers/contact info is in the vehicle.

f.)  GPS - Be sure that your GPS device is functioning properly and that you have the necessary charging cables.

g.)  Insurance - Be sure to have your proof of insurance in the vehicle at all times in case of an accident.

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Dangers of Spring Driving Tips.  Spring is here and so are the hazards of Spring Driving.  We searched the web and found this great article from Esurance.  Hope you enjoy the information and be safe out there Northern Colorado!  The top reasons why Spring Driving is so dangerous:

a.)  Rainy days and flooding.

b.)  Hail season.

c.)  Wear and tear on the road due to the Winter season.

d.)  Animal activity on the increase.

e.)  More bicycles on the road.

To see all the details on the items listed above and for some great Spring Driving Tips, check out the full article here.


Kiplinger 9 Winter Car Maintenance Tips.  No matter what the Colorado Winter throws at you and your car, by adhering to these tips will help you stay one step ahead of season maintenance issues.

a.)  Clear the air plenum near the windshield and/or sunroof of any falling debris that could be clogging or stopping-up the area.

b.)  Consider winter tires as opposed to always relying on "all-season" tires.

c.)  Replace your wipers for maximum visibility.

d.)  Check your battery for maximum starting power.

e.)  Check your antifreeze levels.  Flush the coolant system if necessary.

f.)  Check your tire pressure on a regular basis.

g.)  Put together a Winter survival kit and keep it in the car in case you get stranded due to weather delays or mechanical failure.

h.)  Wax your lights for maximum illumination.

i.)  Check the underside of your car for items that may create an issue when driving through a snowdrift.

For all the details, please see the Kiplinger web page here.


Best Ways/Tips to Keep Your Car Running.  With a little help from and Tom and Ray Magliozzi (NPR's Car Talk Guys), please find this help list to keep your car running now and well into the future.

a.)  Take Other Forms of Transportation When You Can.

b.)  Make Fewer Short Trips.

c.)  Drive Gently.

d.)  Watch For Engine Warning Signs.

e.)  Unload Extra Weight.

f.)  Complete Regularly Scheduled Maintenance.

g.)  Change Oil and Other Vital Fluids.

h.)  Get Problems Checked Out Sooner Rather Than Later.

i.)  Find a Mechanic You Can Trust.

For all the details of each tip, please see the web page here.


Great Links to Help You While Driving This Winter on The Colorado Highways and Byways.  We found some great Winter Driving online resources from our very own Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).  You might want to bookmark these and keep them close when driving conditions get dangerous.


Prepping Your Car For Winter Driving.  Snowflakes are already flying in Northern Colorado.  Best to begin prepping your pride and joy for the upcoming Winter season.  Here are a few tips to get your car ready for Winter Driving.  Source/Content Courtesy of

  • Take your car to a mechanic and check out the following: battery, antifreeze level, thermostat, heater, brakes, and defroster.
  • Check to make sure your tires have adequate tread. If the treads are worn, replace them. Better yet, exchange them for a set of snow tires such as Bridgestone Blizzaks, which have treads that provide better traction and are equipped to handle extreme winter driving conditions.
  • Make a visual inspection of your vehicle's lights. Make sure the front and rear lights are operational, especially the car's flashing hazard lights.
  • Often in the winter, the windshield wiper fluid may freeze. Instead of toughing it out until spring, exchange the fluid with one made especially to spray in freezing conditions.
  • Similarly, purchase winter wiper blades to cut through snow and ice instead of using regular ones throughout the year.
  • Check the spray nozzles of your windshield-washer system. Sometimes, they get blocked by wax or debris. Use a needle or pin to clear blocked nozzles.
  • Road salt commonly used during winter can damage your car's paint. Rinsing it off every once in a while can help, but a good wash and coat of fresh wax will go a long way in preventing corrosion and keep your vehicle looking like new.

For the first bulleted item, "Take your car to a mechanic ...", please be sure to call Auto Collision Experts today to set up an appointment.  We now offer a comprehensive list of Auto Repair & Services to keep your car running as it should.  ON A RELATED NOTE:  CHECK OUT OUR WINTER COOLING SYSTEM FLUSH SPECIAL.


Summer Driving Tips.  As the hectic Summer driving season approaches, we thought it a good idea to dole out some wonderful Seasonal Summer driving safety wisdom, courtesy of who else?  The 'Guys' at Car Talk!  At your convenience, please take a look at the following compilation from Click and Clack.  Whether you're planning on packing up the family/family car to drive cross-country or just across town, these great Summer driving tips from two of our favorite Car Guys will help keep you and your family safe.


Spring Pothole Watch.  It's that time of year again and Potholes are popping up all around us.  Fort Collins CO is no exception.  It's true, Potholes are the scourge of the season.  But don't despair!  ACE is here with some helpful tips and info to assist regional drivers recognize if they do in fact have Pothole damage.  Info courtesy of Angie's List.


Tire Maintenance & Safety.  Checking your tire inflation and tread are two very important basic maintenance items you can perform each and every time you set off in your car.  For the protection and safety of yourself and your family, please review the following Tire Maintenance & Safety tips.


Winter Driving Tips.  While we are still in the grip of Winter snow, winds, sleet, and ice, the team at ACE want you to know how to stay safe with these Winter Driving tips.  As you know, Colorado Winters can be brutal.  Take a moment to review the following Winter Driving Tips to keep you and your family safe.  You can also check out our blog for more Winter related car care and safety tips.

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