What is my car telling me when it makes a knocking noise as I accelerate?

Question: Why does my car engine knock, and should I worry? Answer: As with most auto issues, various noises can indicate multiple possible problems. It’s hard to say for...

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How often should I replace my windshield wipers?

Question: What are the indications that a vehicle’s windshield wipers have reached the end of their lifespan? Answer: As we write this in December, we would agree that the...

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What items should I carry in my car during the winter?

Question: For local driving, do I need to worry about keeping cold-weather provisions in my vehicle? Answer: In the Denver area, the average winter temperature is just under 31...


What can I learn from that stain on the garage floor?

Question: Is it possible to diagnose my car’s problem by checking the color of the liquid that it leaks? Answer: Technically, the answer is no; but it can point...

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What causes my car to make a pinging noise?

Question: Is there a way to eliminate the pinging that I hear in the engine when I accelerate? Answer: There are three likely causes of the kind of engine...


Do I need to check my car’s oil level between changes?

Question: If my mechanic changes the oil every three months, can I assume that the fluid level is adequate? Answer: A quarterly (every three months) oil change is a...

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Is it safe to ignore my car battery in the summer?

Question: Do I need to be aware of possible harm to my vehicle’s battery resulting from summer heat? Answer: Car owners tend to worry most about their batteries in...


My name is Dana TePoel

Lake Arbor Automotive & Truck Owner Dana TePoel talks to the Arvada Press about how he got started in the car maintenance and repair business, and why he finds...

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Is there an easy way to track my tires’ air pressure?

Question: How do I know when my tires are starting to go flat? Answer: In the “good old days,” you had to carry a tire pressure gauge in your...


How do I distinguish between “severe” and “normal” driving?

Question: If my owner’s manual has two different maintenance schedules, how can I figure out where I fit? Answer: You’re right, most manufacturers these days recommend different maintenance schedules...