Every state has its little quirks with their state emissions testing standards, and Colorado is no different. In order to pass your emissions testing the first time, it’s important that you know the specifics of the tests being administered to your vehicle so you can better take care of your vehicle for years to come. Keep reading for more information that every Colorado car owner should know about Colorado’s state emissions testing! To begin, all car owners who live in Colorado are expected to bring their cars in for a regular vehicle inspection at the Department of Motor Vehicles (the DMV). Your emissions testing is done as a part of these inspections in certain counties to ensure cars on the road aren’t emitting too much smog into the air. Passing the smog check is mandatory for your vehicle in order to renew your registration, so take it seriously! There are a variety of emissions testing locations throughout Colorado, and each is an official Colorado DMV s ... read more
The holidays can be a hectic time of year, and more likely than not, that means we’re spending more time in our vehicles. From trips to see family and friends to outdoor winter wonderland excursions, it’s important to make sure you set aside the time to have your vehicle checked, or even do it yourself! Your friends at Car Pros Muffler Masters want to help, so keep reading for some at-home tips on how to get your vehicle ready to take on the holidays! Tires: The last thing you need during the holidays is to have your tires give out on the road. Take the time to check each tire for signs of wear or damage and inspect the tread depth of each. If you see any damage like gauges or deep chunks taken out of the walls of your tires, they should be replaced. If not, tires should also be changed out if more than 5 years old, or if the tire tread reaches 2/32 of an inch or less. Pro Tip: An easy way to check your tread depth is by using the penny test! Simply insert a penny upside ... read more
Living and working here in Colorado Springs is a dream come true. We live in a beautiful place. We are surrounded by a wonderful community. We are fortunate to have several critical military/defense installations in our region. Because we live and work in Colorado Springs, we feel that Veterans Day is one of our most important holidays. Here are five reasons why we feel so strongly about taking the time to celebrate our military personnel. Veterans have dedicated their lives to protect our country’s freedom. They sacrifice everything -- including their lives, marriages, time, and comfort -- as active military personnel. They are wonderful human beings. Many active military personnel and active veterans bear scars that are both seen and unseen. All veterans deserve our support. We truly care about Veterans, because they are part of our families, too. Here’s a story that one of our auto repair team members recently shared with us ... read more
What does that mean exactly? Well, the manufacturer who designs and engineers the vehicle that you depend on every day requires certain repair procedures that may involve procedures that may not make sense to most of us. However, here is the bottom line. You will hear us often refer to the repair as per the manufacturers' repair procedure or policy. What does this mean for you, the consumer? Well, that means the vehicle is repaired to the original specifications set by the factory. Many repair shops choose to shortcut or flat rate the repair in the efforts to save time but not you any money. Sure, there are some tricks, and maybe with the proper tooling, you can save time here and there. But, when it comes to the operation of your vehicle, we will not take those chances. Modern vehicles now have numerous vehicle technologies. An important one is Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which helps to increase safety through advanced situational ... read more
Does your vehicle have ADAS? (Hint: No, it’s not a medical condition.) ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. These systems use sensors and cameras on your vehicle to automate, adapt or enhance safety and better driving. In 2019, there is a record number of modern vehicles built with some form of ADAS technology. Not all ADAS vehicles drive themselves. Some cars alert you when another vehicle is in your blind spot, or display a message asking you to pull over and rest if you appear fatigued. Other cars will park themselves. All this Advanced Driver Assistance System technology is quite fascinating, and there is so much the average car owner is unaware of. That is why we want to address the key to proper ADAS repair. Any vehicle with ADAS technology uses sensors and cameras to operate. However, the sensors and cameras need to be properly aligned in order to prevent a front-end collision. When your ADAS cameras and sensors get knocked around in a car wash, in ... read more
Is your vehicle ready for that road trip or vacation you may have planned this summer? Summers heat and weather is a large factor in vehicle breakdowns according to AAA tow statistics. The heat can be brutal to the cars overall performance. let us do a courtesy inspection we check items like the cooling system and drive belts, the battery, tire tread depth and the braking system. Have you had your oil changed lately using the correct viscosity oil and the correct type? Transmission failure are very common in the summer due to heat build up especially if you are towing even a small pop up style camper. The fluid temperature rapidly decreases the life of the fluid and its capabilities to do its job, and lets not forget the obvious afternoon rain showers, can you actually see where your going and are all of your lights working ? is your ac performing the way it was suppose to? Safety and reliability are our main focus as it should be yours also. Please stop in or ... read more
Here at Car Pros Muffler Masters we want to show respect and gratitude to all of the men and women of our armed forces and first responders by saying THANK YOU! for all you sacrifice for our safety and well being as a country and a nation. It is often forgotten to many times the freedoms and privileges we have because of all who have served in the past and present. THANK YOU!!! and may GOD BLESS! So please thank a veteran or member of the armed services and first responders on this holiday or any day or every day !!!!
Well its that time again when we can count on a few things for sure in this great state we live in, road construction, allergies and of course the POTHOLES! If your car has not encountered one as of yet consider yourself very luck as it looks like a war zone out there. Our extreme weather patterns make the earth shift with freezing and thawing temperatures causing the asphalt to move and then break. As moisture gets in these holes the asphalt just seems to disappear and then we have a depression and after thousand of vehicles drive over it they continue to make it bigger and bigger. Well the damage that can happen can be very serious and expensive to your vehicle. This can cause tire and rim failure and very expensive suspension damage and of course misalignment to your vehicles steering system which will cause premature tire wear. You are almost guaranteed to encounter on of these craters, please give us a call (636-1087) and let us inspect your vehicle and make sure t ... read more