Saul's Automotive provide basic oil changes and brake pads, to major overhauling of engines and transmissions. Diagnostics of all kinds, including electrical. Off road, race performance, fleet service. Blog author Saul Reisman keeps you updated by uploading video of repairing various vehicles in his shop.
Hi there. I’m Saul Reisman here at Saul’s AutoTEK and today we’re going to talk about a few ways that you can look out for your Denver mechanic and see if the person you’re going to is really up to snuff and the quality mechanic that you want or maybe a place you should be steering away from.
Now here at Saul’s AutoTEK and we take pride in our inspections, we take pride in the fact that we look over every vehicle that comes through the door and we want to make sure that you know everything about your vehicle from the very start. So that before you make any financial decisions, especially while we do our free Denver auto repair diagnostic, that you can make an informed decision about how you spend your dollar. One of the ways that we can guarantee that is by the way we do our inspections.
We do a 60 point inspection on every vehicle that comes into our door, whether it’s for an oil change or for an engine, we digitize them.
We actually use the iPads so that we can take pictures of them, of every note and every detail along the way. And we upload those directly to our Greenwood Village Auto Repair service writer so that you, the owner, can review those before you actually authorize any repairs on your vehicle. Part of the reason we do this is for consistency and for your own peace of mind. You may have a mechanic call you one day and say,
“Ah, there’s a leak from here and we want to fix it and it costs this much money.”
Well, you should be asking that mechanic what that leak is and can they show you a picture of it and how they determine that. You’ll never have to ask those questions at Saul’s Auto Tech because those pictures will be provided in every estimate report for any leak or any seal issue of any kind.
When you go to a mechanic and they can’t show you any evidence of what’s going on or they don’t have sound testing procedures to show you how they got the results and why they believe that’s the current failure, you should be skeptical.
If you’re concerned about the mechanic you’re at or you just want a second opinion, call us here at Saul’s Autotek. We’re here seven days a week at (303) 919-7769 to answer your questions and help keep you on the road.
Now, you’ve seen we’ve made a few videos about brakes and the reason is they’re one of the most important parts of your car. One of the most common sales that you’ll hear from local auto repair facilities is about just brakes because that’s what that they to focus on, is just brakes. Or, maybe they might do brakes and a few other things, so they think it’s like brakes plus something else. But we like to think of ourselves as being able to service every and all parts of the car and brakes are just one of those systems. The reason that some of those shops focus on them is there’s a huge profit center for shops if they market to only those.
Those types of local Denver Brake repair facilities are driven by that profit margin and that’s why they focus there.
That makes us skeptical of some of the repairs and some of the reasoning behind some of those repairs. As a result, we want to teach you a little bit more about yours. Now, most of the time when somebody says, “I need brakes,” what they’re thinking of is the actual brake pad itself, which, just like an eraser and you rub back and forth on paper and the eraser eventually wears down and there’s nothing left, the brake pad that sits right up in here into the caliper itself will eventually burn up and become very thin. When it does, several different things can happen. Luckily, if the brake isn’t that hot of a design, let’s say, a large brake on a smaller vehicle, this pad can be replaced, we can retract this caliper and lubricate these slide pins and allow it to get a good surface with just replacing the pad.
However, some motor vehicles weren’t factory equipped with a high-performance brake or were equipped with a brake that was designed to run hot and therefore burn into that rotor. Any Volkswagen or Audi product, and this goes all the way up to the line of Porsches, Lamborghinis, Bentley and accordingly, all utilized what we call a hot pad, by that we mean they use a carbon-carbon or a carbon-ceramic pad. Those burn extremely hot and as a result will actually eat into the edge of this rotor and leave a lip along the edge of this rotor, even in regular, normal everyday use. Now, most motor vehicles will be able to replace the pads at least once before the rotor itself gets eaten into. Volkswagen motor vehicles, this isn’t the case. Some Toyota vehicles fall into the same category.
So here at Saul’s Autotek, we inspect the brakes thoroughly to see what damage has been done, has it done any damage to that rotor, can that rotor be saved and resurfaced and if it does need to be replaced, why does it need to be replaced? Were the brake pads worn evenly on both sides? Were they uneven or cockeyed? Is there a problem with the slide pins or with the caliper pistons themselves? Or what actually caused the brake to wear out? If you’re just looking at the bent parts of broken pieces and you’re trying to replace them all, you can do that, but it won’t necessarily get to the root cause of the problem. If you have a vehicle come in and it keep getting brake pads every six months and somebody just keeps putting brake padsonto it, the problem’s probably a caliper that’s either not aligned properly, not squeezing properly or has a slide pin problem.
Here at Saul’s Autotek, we’re going to lube those slides. We’re going to retract those caliper pistons and make sure every single time that every brake job is done perfectly no matter what. We value your safety and we want you to understand the components, how they work, how they support you and how you can make good decisions. When it comes to brakes, there’s a lot of cost differences that are substantial. For most motor vehicles, a standard brake of replacing the pads, cleaning things up and getting those rotors to a better surface is typically a $300 to $400 repair. However, if that same vehicle needed to replace all four of those brake rotors, that repair might jump to anywhere from $800 to $1200 depending on the vehicle accordingly.
Some of the ways that we can avoid that are by properly taking care of our brakes, getting those brake pads changed as soon as you hear that high pitched squeak noise from that squeaker so that you don’t burn through that brake pad all the way into that rotor and you don’t cause damage to it. However, if you do, there’s a few things we can do to help you budget in mind. Let’s take a look. Now, the piece of equipment we’re working at is a brake lathe. Now, the term lathe, L-A-T-H-E, originated in England when they would spin wooden rods on a dowel and use them to make banisters and they would carve away at the wood at its spinning in order to perfectly shave around an object. Now, 190 years later, we use a similar type lathe to spin a brake rotor and then use a jaw to actually cut the brake rotor’s surface itself and bring it back to a smooth surface.
So, if that brake rotor has developed an edge on the bottom of it, we can actually run this along it while it’s spinning to cut that edge perfectly smooth again and allow a smooth surface for that brake pad to engage. We want that brake pad to get the perfect surface to surface contact with that rotor because the more surfaced area adhesion we get the more friction we can transfer because the more traction we have between the two. So, the goal is to get that smooth as glass feel of one of the other and not have a brake rotor that looks like a record or has that kind of warped feel to it. However, sometimes this machine can’t save us, and we do end up having to replace the rotor. In the new case of rotors on the market, a lot of new rotors are actually being produced fairly cheaply and are not the highest quality product.
So, one service that we offer here at Saul’s Autotek is if we replace the pads on your vehicle, we’ll always check to see if they need to be machined on that rotor and we’ll make sure those are true and straight. If they need machining, we use state of the art equipment with a diamond tipped bit to ensure the smoothest, straightest surface. If they need replacing, some of the new after-market rotors and even new factory rotors that we’ve seen on the market have a minor standard deviation up to 5000th of an inch. Now, while that might not seem like much, that could translate to a shimmy, a wobble or an uneven feel in the braking, even with a brand-new brake rotor. As a result, every rotor that we replace we then machine that surface edge off of so that we know that we’ve taken that down to a perfectly true surface every time and you have the best braking system possible on your motor vehicle.
This also allows that rotor to be the thickest possible, maintaining the most mass and that mass will be used to transfer that kinetic energy into thermal and allow that mass to hold that heat. I hope this gives you a good idea about how your brakes work in your vehicle and a little bit better insight of what your mechanic might be talking to you about yours. So, if you’re concerned about your brakes, you need a little something extra, a little plus service or just those brakes taken care of, come see us Saul’s Autotek. We’d be happy to get you taken care of.
Hi there folks. I’m Saul Reisman here at Saul’s AutoTek and today we’re going to talk a little bit about auto and truck repair estimates in Denver and why they are so important in the auto repair industry.
One of the most common complaints we hear in the automotive repair industry is it costs too much or it was more than the original estimate. Now, there are a few different factors that play here, but the reality is we’re all in the same boat. We all want your car to work the best way possible and we want you to know that you’re getting the best service and having the most reliable motor vehicle. First and foremost, here in Colorado, the motor vehicle repair act in 1992 protects you, the consumer, and guarantees that you receive an itemized estimate of parts and laborseparately along with a timeframe estimate for the repair and a note of who is doing the work on your vehicle.
Now, there are several reasons this is important. The most common reason that this is important is for reliability and the guarantee that you’re getting the most consistency every time. If you want to make sure that you’re getting responsibility from your shop, they better be following the rules because those are the law for a reason. Now, the way we provide an estimate here at Saul’s AutoTek, we offer the first 30 minutes of our diagnostic free of charge because most diagnostics are able to be completed in that time. We’re also going to perform a 60-point inspection of your vehicle every single time so that you know that we’re looking at the whole picture and while you may have come in with a specific concern, that we’re going to look at what that concern is, what that symptom really is and how we got there in the bigger picture so that we make sure we’re not just putting a bandaid on a broken leg and that you don’t get that call later that we thought it was X, but it really needs Y and Z as well.
Now, there are some times where there are not things we can predict. In the case of this 2006 Lexus IS 250 that’s sitting behind me, this vehicle came in for an alignment today and should only need an hour on the rack to get it aligned, to get it tuned where it needs to be and get it out the door. However, when we got it up in the air, some of the adjustments that need to be made, the actual links that are bolted together that are adjustable on either ends, so we can make the tires go in, out, up, down, camber, caster or tow in a way weren’t able to move. In this case, on the rear right corner of the vehicle, the toe link that takes the rear tire on the right side and points it towards center or away from center is physically seized. Now, despite the technician’s best efforts and best skill level to be able to get that toe link to break free and allow us to perform the alignment, we weren’t able to do such.
Even heating it up with a torch to see if we could get just enough leverage to get that thing free, it simply wasn’t possible. So in this case, even though the owner requested a basic alignment, which would typically be approximately a $100 service, we had to stop work and call that owner and let them know that three out of the four corners are aligned perfectly but that fourth corner won’t align. This toe link is physically seized and it’ll take this to be replaced in order for this vehicle to be able to realign on properly. Well, we don’t like having to make that phone call any more than you’d like to receive it. We understand that we want it to work perfectly, and while we very well could say, “You know what? It’s pretty close. Let’s just send it out.” That’s not the right answer. That’s not the safe answer and that’s not the most reliable and trustworthy answer. It’s also not going to keep us responsible if something like that happened.
So from our end, so we can guarantee that we’re being responsible at every motor vehicle, we’re going to guarantee to you that we’re going to stop labor if we find anything out of the ordinary and we’re going to let you know about any abnormalities so that you can make the decision on your own if you want to opt for that repair or if you’d like to stop at that point. The reason for this is it’s your wallet and it’s your car, and we want you happy with the result. So if you’ve got concerns about your vehicle, you feel that you’ve been mistreated in other places in terms of your estimates or your repairs, come and see us here at Saul’s AutoTeK.
We’ll provide a thorough inspection of your vehicle. We’re going to guarantee our Denver Auto Repair estimate and we’re going to support our repair with a three-year parts and labor warranty. We’ve got your back, 303-919-7769.
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Hey there folks. I’m Saul Reisman with Saul’s AUTOTEK and today I’m here with this Buick SUV to talk a little bit about the regular basic services. Now, this vehicle is as straight middle of the road as we can get in terms of the most common vehicles and the most common repairs and maintenance. However, the reason this vehicle is here today isn’t for repair. This owner is being proactive and staying ahead of their maintenance schedule, the vehicle from the manufacturer often comes with a maintenance timetable that’ll tell you at five 10, 15, or 30, 60, 70, a hundred thousand miles what services they recommend and the reason they recommend those to keep your vehicle in the best shape possible. We know a lot of owners get scared to go into the dealership about these services because they feel that when they go to the dealership for that service, they’re being upsold something else or they’re being mistreated and told that it’s more expensive than it should be otherwise.
Here at Saul’s AUTOTEK, we provide all of your factory maintenance services for all makes and models. So rather than go to the dealership and feel like you’re spending more money than you should, you’re welcome to come here and see us as an independent facility where we can give you an independence perspective. We’re going to take that manufacturer-suggested timetable and while we can provide every service that they do, we’re also going to inspect your vehicle and make sure that some of those services have not already been performed or if there’s anything otherwise that should be being looked at that’s not. Our goal isn’t to read a manual and tell you to do A, B, and C. Our goal is to take care of your car as if it’s a person and look at it for what it is and provide whatever testing it needs for its exact and specific circumstance so we can take care of you as best as possible.
If you’ve got concerns about your Denver vehicle for its regular maintenance schedule, sign up for our program and we’d be happy to call you, email you, text you or even snail mail you, whatever you decide, so that we can keep you up to date on your vehicle. Rather than get chased down by a dealership or have somebody calling saying that they think it’s X, Y, or Z all the time, we’re going to simply let you know what the manufacturer recommended, what services are typically seen on your vehicle at this time frame and get you in with us for a free diagnostic of those every time so that we can keep your vehicle maintained perfectly for as long as possible. If you’ve got concerns about yours or you want to keep it on the road for as long as you can, come and see us and talk to us about some of the longest cars that we service.
Today, we got to see a 1996 Toyota 4Runner with 369,000 miles. The owner has been coming here for 15 years for the regular maintenance and service, and today when they brought it in and said they’re getting ready to sell it, we looked through everything. We only found two minor services. It’s due for an oil change and it’s got a dirty air filter. This vehicle is in such good care, we know it’s going to go another hundred thousand plus and so does that owner. If you’ve got concerns about yours, come and see us and let us keep you on the road for another 15 years.
I’m Saul Reisman here at Saul’s Autotek, and today we’re going to talk about the most basic preventative maintenance that your vehicle needs and how you can make sure you stay on top of it.
Oil changes, what we’ve come to know as the most common Denver auto repair service and what many owners will steer away from mechanical repair facilities and try and go to quick lube-type facilities to save cost on, is actually one of the most important services you could ever do to a motor vehicle, guarantees the longevity and the livelihood of your vehicle, and is often times, at lesser facilities, done at a discounted rate by unskilled laborers where it could have the most financial effect on our car. These things are really worrisome to us, and that’s why, here at Saul’s Autotek, we offer competitive rates on oil changes on all motor vehicles, whether it’s a late model, a classic, an antique, or an exotic we stock all fluids in-house, so that we can take care of your needs, so that you don’t end up being the car that’s gone forever without an oil change. We’ve all heard the horror stories of the car that never got its oil changed, and unfortunately, here, we’ve actually seen a couple.
I’m standing in front of the oil drums today because these are actually important to your Denver Oil Change.
What we think of as such a basic item, draining the oil from these vehicles, putting a new filter in it, and getting it filled back up is literally the lifeblood of your vehicle. Just as you eat and drink daily to keep things moving and fluid through your body, to keep you fueled and keep you lubricated, your body needs the exact same things as what your vehicle does in this respect. We’ve had vehicles come in that said the manufacturer recommended oil changes is at 10, 12, or even 15,000 miles. Regardless of manufacturer recommendations, we actually err on the side of caution, seeing that oil change is literally the cheapest insurance policy you could ever buy.
Some of these vehicles, that request the longest oil change intervals, are some of the ones that have the most expensive repairs if there’s a problem, like BMW, or Volkswagen, Audi motor vehicles, that currently recommend a 10,000 mile service interval, will actually starve the engine of oil very easily if run even more than a quart low. So, if there’s any leaks or any problems in that long an interval, you might not find them until it’s too late. We’ve seen vehicles come into our shop that has been 5, 10, even 50,000 miles without ever having their oil changes. We run our Denver auto repair service 365 days a year and we have two dedicated oil change pits so that we can get yours taken care of no matter what. We know a lot of owners will steer away from an auto repair facility and instead go to a quick lube-type facility to save cost. The reality is, you want a skilled mechanic doing the oil changes on your vehicle because you don’t want to deal with the effects of somebody who isn’t does and makes a mistake.
If you’ve got concerns about yours, or you’d just like to make sure that the best hands possible are doing even the most basic services on your vehicle, come see us at Saul’s Autotek. We’d be happy to have an ASE certified technician do the oil change on your vehicle, and not somebody making minimum wage who’s unskilled. Not that we don’t support where their labor’s at, but we want your labor to be the best possible because your car is the best possible.
Hi there, I’m Saul Reisman here at Saul’s Autotek, and today we’re going to talk to you a little bit about overheating concerns, and the number one reason that we see them come into our leading Denver auto repair shop in Greenwood Village.
In Colorado, we see very strong heating and cooling cycles with vehicles. As a result, overheats are a very, very common issue. Even in the wintertime when we might not think they’re a big deal, driving in the mountains can easily put enough strain on it for a vehicle to show its weakest points. Most Toyota vehicles, unfortunately, will see water pump failure during their life. We don’t know what the correlation is, but all Toyota vehicles that we service here have commonality for water pump failures, whether it’s the 1ZZ-FE, the 2ZZ-FE or even the more modern V6s and V8s, we seem to see a pretty common problem with these Toyota water pumps.
Now, a water pump’s a pretty basic design, so we kept this last one off this Toyota Sienna, ( We are the top Denver experts in repairing the Toyota Sienna) we just serviced so we can figure out what the most common issue is, why they fail and how we can best prepare you for it. What we found is that the water pump, which in this case is belt-driven, uses an external drive from the belt in order to actually rotate the pulley inside it. On the front of the pump itself, there would be mounted these four bolts a pulley, which is driven by the rubber serpentine belt for the vehicle, and that allows this to rotate. When this rotates, it, in turn, spins the impeller inside the water pump housing, which then allows it to circulate water through the coolant jackets.
Unfortunately, the most common issue that we’ve seen is that the water pumps themselves actually don’t lose efficiency or degrade, but the bearing in the middle of this pump where it rotates, begins to fail. In the case of this water pump, it gave us a pretty fantastic failure, and we’re happy to be able to show it to you. Most of these water pumps when they come in, are perfectly vein-driven, and the speed of one side matches the other. This one was completely sheared apart. It had actually corroded the center of it and had broken off the center of the bearing itself, so even though this bearing was spinning externally being driven by the belt, and everything from the outside of it looked perfectly normal, this impeller was not spinning whatsoever, and can just freewheel with no rotation. So even though the outside of this pump could be spinning to it, the inside wasn’t actually circulating coolant through the vehicle.
Now, the downside of this failure is there’s nothing visible from the outside of the vehicle. So, if it’s something that you just saw your temp gauge going up, or you saw the steam under the hood so you know it’s overheating, and you look through it, you might not see the problem. It’s even possible that a mechanic that’s just doing a quick visual once-over might not see this issue at all, might see that the vehicle’s full of coolant, everything looks good, the pump’s spinning, and not see the problem.
At Saul’s Autotek, we try and go above and beyond from the diagnostic standpoint, to make sure you get the right diagnostic every time, the first time.
In this case, we use an infrared temperature thermometer to measure the temperature going into and out of the pump, through these coolant jackets, while the engine’s running. That way, we can measure the temperature differential across that drop, do a volumetric efficiency integral with calculus to determine is it actually dropping the temperature the amount that it should for the volume of coolant and the speed of this impeller turning in. We were able to see immediately that the temperature drop was minimal. There’s no way this impeller was doing its job, and the vehicle had a failed water pump. So without ripping it apart, without tearing it to pieces, and with simply two or three basic tools, we were able to confirm this water pump failure, diagnose it accurately, get the repair done and get the owner on their way.
Hi there. I’m Saul Reisman at Saul’s AUTOTEK and today we’re going to talk to you a little bit about the summer season, the way the heat affects your car, what you can do about it, and what we can do help you stay on top of it.
First and foremost, living in Colorado, we have very strong heating and cooling cycles. In the summer, we can have 100-degree days with 10% humidity, every day for 30 days. In the winter, we might see temperatures of 15 below zero. As a result, the cooling and heating system in your car needs some attention and some love.
In the case of this MINI Cooper that came into us yesterday, it actually had no cooling in the system and we had to fill it up just to find out where the leaks were going because it had so many of them. That’s something you definitely want to stay on top of with you and your motor vehicle.
Part of the reason we offer a free diagnostic service, is we want to make sure that you don’t run into these issues when it’s too late. If your vehicles heating up on you on the highway, if you see that temp gauge getting more than halfway up that gauge, you need to turn it off. This is a time where, it’s not I’m going to give it 15 minutes to work and then let it cool, or I’m going to go another five miles in traffic then I’ll pull over. It’s if I pull over now, I might be saving myself an engine that could cost thousands of dollars when all I need is a hose or a water pump that’s $100 or maybe a couple of hundred dollars at most.
So by all means, overheating cars are something you want to be very proactive about. Just as if your body was overheating because you were running too hard on a hot day, once you hit that wall and you hit that limit, your motor vehicle feels the same pain and once you hit that point and damage occurs to your body, the same thing occurs with your motor vehicle.
So, if you’ve got concerns about yours, if you’ve got overheating issues, or you just want to be preventative and make sure you don’t end up with any issues throughout the summer, come and see us because we’ll not only go through the heating and cooling system to make sure that everything’s working appropriately, we’ll be checking the filters, the efficiencies of all different parts of the vehicle, the exhaust system for clearance, and additionally for any leaks that might be flammability or other concerns.
We want to make sure that your vehicle lasts not only through the summer but through many summers to come.
Come and see us here at Saul’s AUTOTEK. 303-919-7769 and we’ll get you ready for the hot summer ahead.
Hey, there. I’m Saul Reisman here at Saul’s Autotek, and today, we’re going to talk about something that you may have heard of in the movies or heard about in the past but didn’t think was still going on today, but we’d like to let you know it’s still something that’s very much alive and well. While we normally don’t see malicious attempts on vehicles to stop them from working, our job is to make sure that we keep them working.
In the case of a recent Honda motor vehicle that came into our facility, we pulled out these large chunks from its fuel system. The vehicle wouldn’t run. There was no fuel getting up to the engine, and we couldn’t figure out what the cause was. These solidified chunks are pure 100% sugar. Long gone might we have thought of the days of somebody, quote-unquote, “sugaring a gas tank.” In this case, it didn’t do any serious damage to the vehicle. It simply clogged the filler neck where the fuel goes in, clogged the filter into the tank, and did not do any damage to the fuel pump. The filter did its job. It filtered all this and stopped it from getting in the engine and stopped it from getting through those fuel lines. Unfortunately, we still had to remove the tank from the vehicle. We had to empty it, clean out the inside of the tank, replace the filter and replace the hoses that allow the fuel into and out of that tank.
If you’ve ever seen or heard of something like this happen in the movies, you might think it’s a cool trick because it’ll hurt the car and do damage to it, that reality is, it’s not an expensive repair. It doesn’t damage anything seriously costly. It just clogs the filter that says, “I need to get replaced regularly,” and maybe jams up a couple of hoses. Save yourself the grief and get more creative if you’re going to try and stop somebody’s car from running. Ideas like this, put sugar in the gas tank, don’t help anybody, don’t actually do any major damage to the car, and really are just an embarrassment for a lot of those involved.
Here at Saul’s Autotek, we look for every detail in every car. This is something that no one’s seen or heard from in 20 years, yet we still saw it and had it come into our doors here just last week. If you’ve ever thought something might’ve gone on in that nature, you think somebody’s done something malicious or you’re just worried and have a concern about it, come and see us. We’d be happy to address any concerns you have, whether it’s a sugar gas tank or a loose radiator hose. 303-919-7769. We’re here to keep you running and build that peace of mind.
Hi there. I’m Saul Reisman here at Saul’s AUTOTEK, and I’m going to talk to you today about mobile mechanics.
One of the most common phone calls and the most common Google search that we receive is for those looking for a mobile mechanic, somebody to come to them at the side of the road, at their place of work or business, or maybe even at home, to service their Denver automobile. There are a few different concerns we have about this, and we’d like to share them with you so that you know how to best be prepared and make sure you get the best treatment and don’t get taken advantage of.
Here in the state of Colorado, in 1992, the state invoked the Motor Vehicle Repair Act. The Motor Vehicle Repair Act was designed to protect you, the consumer. It gives you lots of rights and it sets the standard for how you’re supposed to be treated in the auto industry. It sets very basic principles of how services should be performed, how they should be billed, how they should be explained to you, the process for which approvals happen, and some really important nomenclature so that you’re properly taken care of every time. We hear complaints from other facilities about a repair being performed without being authorized or things of this nature. Those are all parts of the Motor Vehicle Repair Act.
One big factor in the Motor Vehicle Repair Act though comes to mobile mechanics. In the state of Colorado, property insurance follows the property. If you own a motor vehicle and you insure it in your name and you let a friend use it, your insurance covers that car no matter what happens because it’s your property that was being insured. If you’re a homeowner and something fails with your house or it’s damaged in a storm, that piece of property, the home, it’s insured, and the policy that follows that home takes care of whatever happens on that home. That’s a really big, important factor.
The reason why is if you hire a mobile mechanic and he comes out to your home or your place of business, he’s operating on that insurance, not yours. If you have a mobile mechanic come out to your home and he’s working on vehicle in your driveway and it falls off the jack stands and crushes him and injures him severely, your homeowner’s insurance is the first person to pay that claim, regardless of whether or not that mobile mechanic was actually bonded or insured by the state. The state’s own laws dictate that where it happened on that property is whose liability it is. Here, too, if that mechanic gets hurt on your property, your property insurance as a homeowner could be paying for it.
If you’re a renter and you’re in an apartment, or you’re at work and they come to do it in your driveway or at your place of business, your owner’s insurance for your motor vehicle could be held liable, should that person be injured, or killed, or worse, while operating on your motor vehicle.
From that end, we definitely want you to be prepared and know that you’re getting the best Denver automotive repair service by the best mechanic with the best coverage and the best reputation.
The state requires us as an auto repair facility to carry a garage keeper’s umbrella policy. What that means is anything that happens to your car, we are responsible, liable, and take care of because your vehicle is in our care and custody. The wording regarding this is extremely important, and we want you to know that your vehicle is in the perfect hands every time.
If you’ve got a concern about yours, you’re worried and you’ve been thinking about talking to a mobile mechanic, please give us a shout here at Saul’s AUTOTEK. We partner with local tow companies, as the most common battle we face is the cost of the tow versus the cost of the diagnostic. If you’ll take care of getting your car towed to us, we’ll take care of the diagnostic cost, free of charge, because we want you to know you’re getting the best service.
Hey folks, I’m Saul Reisman here at Saul’s Autotek, and today I’m here to talk to you about Interstate 70 going through Colorado.
Now the stretch of I-70 that goes between Glenwood Canyon and the Front Range of Colorado from Exits approximately 120 to 259 is a famous stretch of road.
Not only are motor vehicle manufacturers from around the world using this 130-mile stretch of freeway to test motor vehicles, but a majority of major, major traffic and tourism happens on this stretch of road. Additionally, this stretch is famous for having winter weather 11 out of 12 months of the year and requiring chains and four-wheel drive the majority of the time. There’re actually specific laws regarding truckers carrying equipment through this stretch year-round no matter what.
The reason we’re going to touch about this is I-70 is a great access point to come play in the mountains of Colorado. If you’re here as a tourist and you want an adventure, if you’re a local and you just want to get out and about, or if you’re just looking for better safe driving tips, there are a few different things we can go through.
The first is there are other people there with you. I-70 is a two-lane each way freeway for that entire stretch. As a result, traffic and congestion often builds up on weekend afternoons coming back to the city or on Friday afternoons going up into the mountains. If you find yourself stuck in that congestion, there’s a couple of different things you can do.
First, relax. You’re in traffic, but you’re not in the city. You’re in the mountains looking at some beautiful scenery. It could always be worse. Second, give a little bit more following distance. We actually recommend if you’re in slow traffic downshifting just as you would going down those big hills at high speeds just so you don’t have to hurt your brakes as much coming down. If you’re in traffic coming down the hill, we recommend hanging out in third or second gear at speeds between 20, 40, 45, 50 even, miles an hour so that you can keep control of the vehicle without constantly hitting the brakes to slow you down in that stop-and-go traffic.
At the same time, if you find yourself stopped in traffic going up the hill, which is very common, specifically between Idaho Springs and Georgetown, if you’re in that stretch, rather than sit there and step on the gas and let off and step on the gas and let off every time that car in front of you moves a few feet, give that little bit of following distance. Not only will you be more courteous to the other drivers on the road, be less jerky on the throttle which saves you some fuel economy, but your engine will actually be breathing a little bit cooler air rather than being right behind the tailpipe of that car in front of you. You’ll also help all the folks around you have a better time in traffic as you’ll increase visibility.
Now, when traffic gets really, really bad on that stretch, there’s not a lot you can do. There’s plenty of places you can stop along the way, whether it’s in Summit County, Dillon, Frisco, or even hop off to Breckenridge, or on the other side of the hill coming down, Georgetown, and Idaho Springs are great stop-off points for you to grab a bite, see the local scenery, and see a small town that’s still thriving from its mining days rather than just be sitting there stopped burning up fuel.
The other suggestion that we have for you is playing nice with those around you when driving on the I-70 Corridor.
We’re all here to have fun, and most of the folks next to you on the road are out enjoying the day as well. If you find yourself stuck on I-70 traffic, always remember, at least you’re in beautiful scenery in a beautiful place surrounded by folks looking to have a good time. It could always be worse.
If you’ve got a problem with your vehicle in this stretch, if you find yourself overheating on I-70 in that stretch going up or burning up the brakes coming down, or you’re coming down those hills too quick and you start hearing those high speed rotating noises from the vehicle because the brakes or the bearings are having an issue, Saul’s Automotive is here 365 days a year to keep you on the road. So, if you’re traveling for the holiday weekend, and because it’s Memorial Day, Labor Day, New Year’s, Christmas, maybe even Fourth of July, and your Denver vehicle is stuck out there, we’ll be here to help.