• JASPER
  • 970-278-9119

  • 245 Cleveland Ave
    Loveland, CO 80537

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GENERAL MAINTENANCE

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GENERAL MAINTENANCE

It's Time for the 21st Century Tune-up

Times are changing...cars are changing. One of the biggest changes in today's automotive industry is the perception of a "tune-up." Ask 10 vehicle owners their definition of a tune-up and chances are there'll be 10 different answers. The classic "tune-up" was once the heart of the automotive business and contrary to some beliefs; today's modern vehicles still need tune-ups to keep them performing at the most efficient levels.

The tune-up was historically associated with the routine replacement of key ignition system parts like spark plugs and ignition points, along with some basic adjustments to help "tune" the engine. Mounting pressure for increased fuel economy and lower emissions drove the car manufacturers to adopt electronics and to do away with ignition points in the '70s, along with the carburetor in the middle '80s. This eliminated the need for the replacement and adjustment of a growing number of ignition and fuel system parts.

As the pace of technology quickened, the procedures required to perform a traditional tune-up changed dramatically. Highly sophisticated ignition and fuel systems are now the norm, using one or more onboard computers to control critical engine and transmission management functions. Things that were once handled mechanically are now controlled electronically through the widespread use of onboard computer technology.

Because vehicles have changed so much over the years, the Car Care Council has introduced the 21st Century Tune-up. This program is designed to help re-define and educate motorists as to what a tune-up should consist of on today's modern vehicles.

"There is a misconception that today's modern vehicles don't need tune-ups because they never break down, but that simply is not true," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "If you're at work and your computer goes down, you can't get any more work done. It's the same with your vehicle. If the vehicle isn't being properly maintained, you're not going to get where you want to go."

As part of the 21st Century Tune-up on today's modern vehicles, the following systems should be inspected:

  • Battery, charging and starting
  • Engine mechanical
  • Powertrain control (including onboard diagnostic checks)
  • Fuel
  • Ignition
  • Emissions

Vehicle owners ask for tune-ups for a variety of reasons, including improving performance, maintaining reliability, planning a vacation, preparing for winter/summer or because they're giving the car to a friend or family member.

To help ensure good performance, fuel economy and emissions, the Car Care Council also recommends that motorists take the time necessary to become familiar with their vehicle from every aspect. Study the owner's manual to become thoroughly acquainted with the operation of all systems. Pay special attention to the indicator lights and instruments.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

Mechanical failure—an inconvenience anytime it occurs--can be deadly in the winter. Preventive maintenance is a must. Besides, a well-maintained vehicle is more enjoyable to drive, lasts longer, and could command a higher resale price.

Some of the following tips can be performed by any do-it-yourselfer; others require the skilled hands of a professional auto technician.

  • Engine Performance - Get engine drivability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good repair shop. Cold weather makes existing problems worse. Replace dirty filters-air, fuel, etc.
  • Fuel - Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Note that a full gas tank helps keep moisture from forming.
  • Oil - Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual—more often (every 3,000 miles) if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips.
  • Cooling Systems - The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
  • Windshield Wipers - Replace old blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent-you'll be surprised how much you use. Carry an ice-scraper.
  • Heater/Defroster - The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility. Newer models have a cabin air filter that should be replaced periodically. Check your owner's manual for the location and replacement interval.
  • Battery - The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.
  • Lights - Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
  • Exhaust System - Your vehicle should be placed on a lift and the exhaust system examined for leaks. The trunk and floor boards should be inspected for small holes. Exhaust fumes can be deadly.
  • Tires - Worn tires will be of little use in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressures once a month. Check the tires when they are cold, before driving for any distance. Rotate as recommended. Don't forget your spare, and be sure the jack is in good condition.
  • Carry emergency gear: gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, and a flash light. Put a few "high-energy" snacks in your glove box.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer

Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your vehicle. Add the effects of last winter, and you could be poised for a breakdown. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure through periodic maintenance. . . Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too!

Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician.

  • Air Conditioning - A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner's manual for location and replacement interval.
  • Cooling System - The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
  • Oil - Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual-more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.
  • Engine Performance - Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended-more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
  • Windshield Wipers - A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
  • Lights - Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
  • Tires - Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; check them while they're cold before driving for any distance. Don't forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.
  • Brakes - Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.
  • Battery - Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.
  • Emergencies - Carry some basic tools-ask a technician for suggestions. Also include a first aid kit, flares, and a flashlight. Consider buying a cellular phone.

Keeping Your Vehicle in Tune with the Environment

Car care is definitely a win-win situation. Besides helping the environment, a properly maintained and operated vehicle will run more efficiently, will be safer, and will last longer-up to 50% longer, according to a survey of ASE-certified Master Auto Technicians. The following tips should put you on the road to environmentally conscious car care.

  • Keep your engine tuned. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30%. Follow the service schedules listed in your owner's manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended.
  • Check your tires for proper inflation. Under inflation wastes fuel-your engine has to work harder to push the vehicle. Wheels that are out-of-line (as evidenced by uneven tread wear or vehicle pulling) make the engine work harder, too. Properly maintained tires will last longer, meaning fewer scrap tires have to be disposed.
  • Keep your air conditioner in top condition and have it serviced only by a technician certified competent to handle/recycle refrigerants. Air conditioners contain CFCs-gases that have been implicated in the depletion of the ozone layer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, almost one third of the CFCs released into the atmosphere come from mobile air conditioners; some simply leaks out, but the majority escapes during service and repair-so it's important to choose a qualified technician.
  • Do-it-yourselfers: dispose of used motor oil, anti-freeze/coolant, tires, and old batteries properly. Many repair facilities accept these items. Or call your local municipal or county government for recycling sites. Never dump used oil or anti-freeze on the ground or in open streams.
  • Observe speed limits. Mileage decreases sharply above 55 mph.
  • Drive gently. Avoid sudden accelerations and jerky stop-and-go's. Use cruise-control on open highways to keep your speed as steady as possible.
  • Avoid excessive idling. Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family. Today's vehicles are designed to "warm up" fast, so forget about those five-minute warm ups on cold winter mornings.
  • Remove excess items from the vehicle. Less weight means better mileage. Store luggage/ cargo in the trunk rather than on the roof to reduce air drag.
  • Plan trips. Consolidate your daily errands to eliminate unnecessary driving. Try to travel when traffic is light to avoid stop-and-go conditions. Join a car pool.

Remember, how your car runs, how you drive it, and how its fluids, old parts, and tires are disposed of all have serious consequences on the environment.

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What People Say About Us


  • -Penni B.

    My Jeep wouldn't pass emissions due to a Evap Emissions leak code. Joe and Larry ran a test to find that there was a crack in the gas tank. They were able to fix it quickly and get me back on the road. The customer service here is superior, everyone is friendly and helpful. I completely trust them. This is the 3rd time I've had to bring in my Jeep and every experience has been great. I highly recommend them. Thank you.


  • -George P.

    This place is great. They will go out of their way to help. Honest and when they tell you they are having your car or truck ready it is ..... No excuses.


  • -Margaret D.

    The only shop I can trust with my car. They have never disappointed and deliver good and timely services.


  • -R.M.

    This is the only shop I will allow to work on my vehicle. They do very good work at a reasonable timeline and price. Would never hesitate to recommend them for any work needing done.


  • -William R.

    I have used them for years. I've been able to TRUST.


  • -Lee A.

    My front brakes were shot and I needed them fixed before the weekend. Joe got me in on short notice and his crew did an awesome job fixing the brakes and a front wheel bearing. The cost was reasonable and I always feel confident when these guys work on my vehicles. I recommend them highly!


  • -Hannah N.

    Always amazing service. These guys are prompt, honest and great at what they do. Highly recommend.


  • -Rebecca N.

    Expert 4WD takes care of their customers and stands behind their work. I will without a doubt be coming back here for any future repair needs.


  • -Liza C.

    They're a good honest shop and know what they're doing!


  • -Michael R.

    Never had a bad experience. Everyone in my family has taken our vehicles (well over a dozen) for the past 10-15 years. I live in Denver now, but still take my vehicle to Expert 4WD. I've been treated with respect, but am always answered with honesty when asking the hard questions. Really cannot thank Joe and Larry enough for the years of service! I have no plans on changing mechanics in the future.


  • -Graceann S.

    These guys were very, very nice and very helpful! Our blower in our car went out in the middle of a snow storm and these guys let us stop by with no appointment, fixed our issue, got us out within 15 mins. Highly recommend!


  • -Nathan B.

    Good people run this place. Rates are good.


  • -S. Swartz

    Expert 4x4 has been the go to place for car care for the family for 15 years or more. They always treat us with respect and are very fair in getting the work done at the best price they can offer. You will never regret letting them repair or simply maintain your vehicle.


  • -Lindsey M.

    My family has taken our vehicles here for years. Very professional and honest! Really just wonderful people all around! I would recommend this place to anyone!


  • -Kaylen S.

    Amazing service. Treat you like family. These people know their stuff and are trustworthy.


  • -Mandi S.

    Wouldn?t trust my car anywhere else. Best service in Northern Colorado!


  • -Kurt R.

    After 30,000 miles on a new engine in my 2011 Jeep Liberty installed by this shop, I feel the need to thank them for a job well done. Not one issue with the install and the service was excellent. Will use again, no question,.


  • -Jenifer L.

    My transmission went out of my SUV...I took it here and the service was excellent! I will trust all of my repairs to my vehicles to this team. I got quality work at a reasonable price in a timely fashion. A+++


  • -Loren V.

    I am fairly selective in giving out positive reviews online but Larry and his team have earned it for repeated positive experiences in fixing my vehicles. All I can say is that this team does everything in its power to make sure you are taken care of in an industry know for the opposite. What else is there to say. They deserve your business.


  • -Adam W.

    Quoted me considerably less than other shops (30-40% less) for a clutch replacement. The turnaround was wasn't the quickest, but were willing work around my schedule and meet me on a day they were closed to get my car back before a holiday weekend. Would highly recommend; great experience working with this shop.


  • -Ben W.

    Expert 4wd provides good customer service, great work and reasonable prices. I work with Joe on a regular basis, and trust him to be straight with me (which is a rare thing the in the automotive industry). -Ben


  • -Erik N.

    My wife and I took our honeymoon in Estes Park, CO and our transmission went out in our suv. We took the truck to Expert 4wd in Loveland, CO and after talking with Joe I knew our truck was in good hands. The transmission we needed was not going to get there before we were heading back so Joe called enterprise and gave us a ride to get a rented car, We enjoyed the rest of our honeymoon and took the rental back to our home state. After the repairs were complete I flew to Denver and to my surprise Joe was willing to pick me up at the airport on a Sat to pick up the suv. The amount of customer service, hospitality and honesty was amazing, I would highly recommend these guys to work on your vehicle. Thank you Joe!!!! I can not say that enough for everything you did for my wife and I


  • -Teri D.

    They have done work on my vehicle twice and have done an awesome job and are very friendly!


  • -Aaron S.

    Great honest service in a timely manner! Greatly appreciated!!


  • -Patrick B.

    Expert 4x4 is the best automotive shop in loveland. These guys take care of you and they do great work! I have bought two vehicles from these guys and have been nothing but satisfied with there honesty and quality of work. I will be a life long customer


  • -Derek P.

    I have had all my cars worked on by expert4x4 he might be a bit pricey but they do the best job on your car and you don't have To take it back in for the same reason twice like other shops that rip and screw you I know the main guy and he is great to work with!


  • -Camilla W.

    We got great service, fast turnaround, and all at a reasonable price. We were very pleased with the results & now we know where to go for repairs. Our experience was terrific. If someone asked me where to go in town for repairs, this place would be my first mention.


  • -Penni B.

    My Jeep wouldn't pass emissions due to a Evap Emissions leak code. Joe and Larry ran a test to find that there was a crack in the gas tank. They were able to fix it quickly and get me back on the road. The customer service here is superior, everyone is friendly and helpful. I completely trust them. This is the 3rd time I've had to bring in my Jeep and every experience has been great. I highly recommend them. Thank you.

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