Friday, October 21, 2016

$130,000 Plug-In Hybrid Isn’t New at All

$130,000 Plug-In Hybrid Isn’t New at All
Our auto team at All Around Auto Care in Westminster is always interested in new cars, the new innovations they bring, as well as the opportunity to help owners of these new cars keep them in great shape. A new plug-in hybrid car called the Revero recently debuted in California. But the $130,000 plug-in hybrid isn’t new at all.

According to Road and Track, The Revero is a plug-in hybrid with a high-efficiency drivetrain and sleek design. It’s the first offering of Karma Automotive, an upstart car company that was created by China’s Wanxiang Group after it bought Fisker in a 2014 bankruptcy auction.

Unlike the company, this $130,000 plug-in hybrid isn’t new at all. The Revero is just the new version of the Fisker Karma that first went to market in 2011. One key difference, which could be good for the American economy, is that while the original Fisker was built in Finland, the Revero will be built in a new factory in Southern California.

Karma recently hired Kip Ewing, formerly a member of the engineering team of the new Ford GT, to take on the role of chief engineer. Ewing confirmed the new” Revero wasn’t expected to be that different from the original Fisker, but have improvements in quality and reliability.

Digging a little deeper, we found a Popular Mechanics article with some interesting specs for the Revero. According to the website, its 21.4 kWh battery-mounted, low in the floor pan is bolstered by a 235-horsepower, four-cylinder gasoline engine that serves as a power generator. It also has two electric motors delivering 403 horsepower and up to 981 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels. It’s good for a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds in its sport mode. Stealth mode offers 6.9-second 0-60 sprints on battery power. Sustain mode, which runs the gasoline motor to keep the battery at a constant charge, offers 7.2-second 0-60s. Revero’s top speed is 125 mph.

More interesting snippets from Popular Mechanics…

Karma announced the Revero was the first model sold in the U.S. with a solar roof that will power the vehicle. The Revero’s built-in solar panel in the roof slowly charges the car. However, the vehicle can’t drive on free solar energy just yet.  

Revero’s all-electric cruising range is up to 50 miles, increasing to 300 miles when the gasoline engine kicks in. The Revero will get 20 MPG on gasoline and 54 MPGe using its full hybrid capabilities.

Karma Automotive recently released the first official video and pictures of the Revero on its website. But the only noticeable mechanical updates Karma highlighted are a new infotainment system, an improved solar roof, and hand-painted badges.


Like many other auto enthusiasts, our auto team at All Around Auto Care in Westminster always keeps an eye out for the latest car news. We know interest is high for new cars and while the $130,000 plug-in hybrid isn’t new at all, we’re excited to see how it performs in the market and on the road. And if you happen to have the money to invest in one, be sure to bring it by the shop for help keeping it in tip top condition. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Why is My Brake Light On?

Why is My Brake Light On?
Our technicians at All Around Auto Care in Westminster get asked this question a lot, why is my brake light on?” Your vehicle’s computer is telling you something is wrong with your braking system. It’s not likely that your brakes are on the verge of giving out. As you’ll see below, there are a lot of non-critical issues that could be causing the light to come on.

However, because brakes are your most important safety mechanism, you should never ignore that light. Bring it to All Around Auto Care, and we’ll provide the answer to the question – why is my brake light on? The four most common problems include: 

1. Your brake light may be on because your parking brake isn't fully released.
Your car may have a sensor telling you when the parking brake is on. This is a built-in warning system designed to prevent you from driving with your parking brake on and wearing down the lining of your brake shoes.

If you didn’t release the parking brake all the way, your car will still think the brake is on. A light will come on to warn you. To fix this make sure your parking brake is fully released.

Some newer cars have one warning light for the parking brake and another one for the rest of your braking system. Your car manual or a quick search online will show you what the light looks like for each of these possibilities.

2. Your brake light may be on because you’re low on brake fluid.
Sometimes your brake light will go on if your brake fluid is low. A sensor inside the master cylinder can detect when the fluid is getting low. This sensor activates the brake warning light to tell you that something is wrong with the brake system.

Of course, your brake fluid is important. If it gets too low, that means there is probably a leak in your braking system, and if you don’t pay attention all the brake fluid will leak out. And if all of the brake fluid leaks out, well, then your brakes will no longer work.

Again if you’re wondering, “why is my brake light on?”, bring it to the shop and let’s make sure a fixable leak is repaired before there’s a serious issue.

3. Your brake light may be on because your ABS is having issues.
If both your anti-lock braking system and brake warning lights are on, you will want to have the codes read. Bring it into All Around Auto Care and our certified technicians will read the codes set in your car’s computer to begin diagnosing the issue. We’ll then pinpoint what needs to be fixed and take care of everything for you.

4. Your brake light may be on because of a faulty light or sensor.
It’s not out of the question for the parts and systems that warn you of other problems to have a problem themselves. If there’s no issue with your parking brake, your fluids look good and no codes come up indicating an ABS issue, our technicians at All Around Auto Care in Westminster will take a look at these items as a possible culprit.


At All Around Auto Care in Westminster, we can answer your question, why is my brake light on?” More importantly, we can find out what the problem is, repair it, and then get you and your car safely on the road again. Call or contact us to schedule an appointment, or visit our shop.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Car Repair Downloads? Coming Soon to a Vehicle Near You.

Car Repair Downloads? Coming Soon to a Vehicle Near You.
Have you ever heard of car repair downloads? They’re coming soon to a vehicle near you. Our technicians at All Around Auto Care in Westminster are interested to see how this technology develops and use it to provide better service for you.

According to a USA Today article, a report from ABI Research says 200 million vehicles will have the software download capability by 2022. It is anticipated that the software updates will make recall repairs easier to track and hopefully eliminate some repair work. These new software updates for your car are expected to help improve performance, fix problems and possibly add new features. According to the USA Today story, more car manufacturers are likely to follow in the path of Tesla Motors by offering over-the-air software updates.

Streaming Updates to Cars will Soon be a Reality
Almost one-third of the defects that lead to recalls could be fixed with an over-the-air software update. This would resolve problems without the huge recall that involves a trip to the repair shop, and it could save automakers up to $6 billion a year.

You might be surprised by the number of features that will be affected by the software updates. These downloads will begin by connecting to the cloud for entertainment and security functions, and later expand to include almost every aspect of how your vehicle operates.

Today, many updates require you to take your car in for a software flash, but new technology would allow directly sending new software to the vehicle. Hyundai’s addition of Apple CarPlay is one such example. In addition, software-only recalls affected 3.3 million vehicles in the U.S. last year and are only like to increase with better software and electronic technology. This could soon be taken care of by download.

Instant Fixes, Real-Time Data and Better Service are Coming
Down the road, these updates would include a variety of quick fixes, including instant security updates to keep up with the ever-present threat of hackers, improving performance, and adding new features. Possible uses include new transmission programming to increase fuel economy, updated navigation information, and new infotainment apps.

Advances in technology will also make new levels of service and repairs possible by offering data and analytics through the cloud. This is an exciting idea to us because if your tire gets a nail in it, the car can send a warning message that you’re losing tire pressure. It can find us and make an appointment, so we will be ready and waiting to provide you with a faster repair.

If you haven’t ever heard of car repair downloads, get ready, because it will be coming soon to a vehicle near you. According to the article, cars with this capability should be available in as little as four years. And the technicians at All Around Auto Care in Westminster are ready to use this innovation to provide you with better service and keep you safely on the road.

Monday, September 5, 2016

In Race to Get Driverless Cars on the Road, Ford Speeds Ahead

In Race to Get Driverless Cars on the Road, Ford Speeds Ahead
The future is almost here, and in the race to get driverless cars on the road, Ford speeds ahead. At All Around Auto Care in Westminster, we think this idea is very exciting and Ford Motor Company says it’s coming soon.

The LA Times reports that Ford revealed recently it has a strategy to make fully autonomous cars available for sale by 2021. The first driverless cars will be used for ride sharing and taxis. This is a huge step forward for people who need to navigate independently through very busy cities around the world, but don’t want or can’t afford their own cars, or are physically unable to drive them on their own. This will also allow consumers time to build trust and confidence in the vehicles.

A few years later, the cars will be available to individual drivers, according to Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields. He said he expects the driverless cars to have a huge impact on society, comparing it to the changes brought by Ford’s moving assembly line 100 years ago.

But Ford isn’t the only automaker working on driverless car technology. The parent company of Google, Alphabet, and maybe even Apple, as well as General Motors, are all in the race to develop driverless taxis. But Ford is the first to set it’s target date for the cars.

In this race to bring driverless cars to market, the Department of Transportation and lawmakers will also need to come up with guidelines and safety rules for these new cars. The first cars are expected to be used in crowded urban areas and would require partnerships between car makers like Ford and government leaders on regulations and infrastructure, including providing driverless cars clear lane markings in order for them to operate safely.

At this point in time, automakers are only required to attest that their vehicles meet federal safety standards, but there are not yet any specific standards for autonomous driving features. So, this allows automakers to roll out features when they deem them to be ready to hit the road. Some critics are questioning whether the companies are moving too fast and say regulators need to catch up to the technology.

According to the LA Times, Ford is not expected to put out autonomous cars that would put the driverless system in control of the vehicle, but expect the human driver to take over if need be, like the Tesla. They are waiting to perfect driverless technology in which the passengers have no responsibility at all.They will be expanding the Ford research center in Palo Alto by doubling the staff there, to 260, in order to successful meet their deadline.


As automakers hurry to get driverless cars on the road, Ford speeds ahead. At All Around Auto Care in Westminster, we will be watching as the driverless technology develops and car industry takes this huge leap. Once they debut, we’ll be ready to provide any services they need

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Prius Repair Shop Westminster

Are you a Prius vehicle owner, but you don't know where to take it for good service and maintenance? Bring it to All Around Auto Care, your Prius Repair Shop in Westminster. No matter if it just needs general maintenance or repairs we can do it all!

We work on all types of cars, truck and SUVs. But we are the only certified independent hybrid Prius repair shop in Westminster and the metro area. So if you car is a hybrid or not, we can take care of your car needs.

Our team of ASE certified technicians have extensive experience and expertise in Prius repair and maintenance. From oil changes, battery problems, or engine troubles we can handle it.

All Around Auto Care has been serving the Denver area including Westminster, Arvada, Thornton, Northglenn, Broomfield, Brighton, Wheatridge and Denver for over 17 years.

Owner Skeet Hartmann has been in the automotive business his entire life and has hand-picked his team, from the ASE certified mechanics to his front desk staff. He believes in trustworthiness, customer service, and professional skills for everyone who works for him, so, they can do the best for you when you need a Prius Repair Shop in Westminster.

We want to provide you with quality customer service so we will always be your first choice for your Prius Repair Shop in Westminster. We've been awarded both an A+ rating and Gold Star recognition from the Better Business Bureau.

We put our customers first, that's what we're all about. Come in and see for yourself. 

For more information about All Around Auto Care visit our website at www.allaroundautocare.biz.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Prius Repair Shop Denver

If you're a Prius owner,  bring your car to All Around Auto Care, your Prius Repair Shop in Denver. No matter if it just needs general maintenance or repairs we can do it all!

All Around Auto Care has been serving the Denver area including Westminster, Arvada, Thornton, Northglenn, Broomfield, Brighton, Wheatridge and Denver for over 17 years.

We work on all types of cars, truck and SUVs. But we are the only certified independent hybrid Prius repair shop in Denver and the Denver metro area. So if you car is a hybrid or not, we can take care of your car maintenence and repairs.
  
From oil changes, battery problems, or engine troubles we can handle it. Our team of ASE certified technicians have extensive experience and expertise in Prius vehicles

Owner Skeet Hartmann has been in the automotive business his entire life. He believes in trustworthiness, customer service, and professional skills for everyone who works for him, so, they can do the best for you when you need a Prius Repair Shop in Denver.

We want to provide you with quality customer service so we will always be your first choice for your Prius Repair Shop in Denver. We are proud to have been awarded both an A+ rating and Gold Star recognition from the Better Business Bureau.

If you're a Prius owner, now you know where to take your car for service and repair. Hybrids are safe with us.

For more information about All Around Auto Care visit our website at www.allaroundautocare.biz.