Follow Us

Our Facebook Our Twitter Our Linked In Our Google Plus Our Instagram Our YouTube Our Feed

Now Accepting NAPA EasyPay!

 

Angie's List Super Service Award

We are extremely honored to be awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award for the fourth year in a row.  We couldn't have done it without our amazing customers!


Online Coupons

  Click below for printable coupons!

Air Conditioning Special:

Spring Special: 

Search Auto News
Our Location

2510 Weslo Avenue
Grand Junction CO

Phone:  970-241-6682

 

Hours:  Monday thru Friday 
           8:00am - 5:30pm

  Closed on major holidays

View Larger Map

Review Us
Review us at AngiesList.com
Go Mobile

Schedule an Appointment
E-Newsletters & Special Offers!

Enter your email address below to subscribe

This form does not yet contain any fields.
    Newsletters & Flyers



    Our Reviews

    I was very pleased with this experience. I called late on a Tuesday afternoon and they were able to put me in the next day. I brought the car to the shop and walked home (they did offer me a ride, but it was a great day outside).

    Throughout the day they let me know the status of the car and got me exact dollar amount quotes. I felt that they were very honest, and did not suggest anything that I did not already know was a concern. Often as a female, I get people trying to sell me stuff I don't need. They definately did not do that. I would definately use them again!

    - Jennifer‘s review on Angie's List

    Our Angie's List review page
    Check our Auto Repair Reviews
    on Angie's List

     

    Click here to read our other reviews!

    What's Happening
    Our Memberships

    Simpson Brothers Garage, Inc. BBB Business Review

    Our AAA page Napa online Our Manta page

    Navigation

    Automotive News

    Thursday
    Apr132017

    Why Synthetic Oil Is Best for Grand Junction Drivers

    Hello Grand Junction! Today's Simpson Brothers Garage vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is slipperier, a pile of pencils or a pile of marbles?

    Synthetic motor oil lubricates better because there's less friction. This results in myriad benefits: better wear protection, cooler operating temperatures, more power and better fuel economy. And synthetic oil doesn't sludge up like conventional oil so it prevents those small oil passages from clogging up. (We see that all the time at Simpson Brothers Garage in Grand Junction.)

    Some manufacturers are extending oil change intervals for many models. The added protection of synthetic oil covers you for these longer intervals. Talk with your Simpson Brothers Garage service advisor about how you drive in Grand Junction and see if he thinks you can benefit from synthetic oil for your vehicle. Also ask about the appropriate oil change interval for synthetic, because it may very well be longer than for conventional oil.

    Most Grand Junction drivers have a busy life and occasionally miss an oil change; go ahead, admit it. Since we're not perfect, doesn't it make sense to use a motor oil that's got your back?

    What about price? Petroleum based oil may appear to win out on this point, but let's consider all the facts. Though synthetic oil costs more in Grand Junction, it lasts longer, protects your vehicle engine better and increases fuel economy. You'll likely save money in the long run. If you're serious about making your vehicle last longer, start using synthetic motor oil right away.

    Give us a call.

    Simpson Brothers Garage
    2510 Weslo Ave
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    970.241.6682
    http://simpsonbrothersgarage.com/

     

    Thursday
    Apr132017

    The Simpson Brothers Garage Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

    The automotive professionals at Simpson Brothers Garage would like to give Grand Junction drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every day.  Fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.

    The Grand Junction do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the wrong type of fluid. That is why so many CO ] owners rely on the advice of their friendly and knowledgeable Simpson Brothers Garage service advisor to not only get the correct family of fluids, but to suggest the formulation that is best for their vehicle and their driving habits in the Grand Junction area.

    Let's start with engine oil. Grand Junction drivers who have been paying attention will have noticed a number of new oil weights on the CO scene in the last several years. Modern engines are built to much tighter tolerances and have very complicated valve trains. The oil must be thin enough to lubricate complicated parts when the engine is cold. The weight of an oil is expressed in terms like 20-W-50 or 5-W-30. The vehicle manufacturers recommend the weight of oil for each vehicle they make. The recommendation is based on engine design. Your Grand Junction service center will know what weight your vehicle manufacturer recommends - and it's important to follow those recommendations. Your service advisor at Simpson Brothers Garage can also offer suggestions for special formulations and can tell you all about conventional and synthetic oils.

    Antifreeze, or engine coolant, is another area that has become more complicated. For a long time, vehicle manufacturers only recommended a couple of different types of coolant. Now, several different formulations are needed because of the high-tech materials that vehicle manufacturers are using to build the cooling system. Using the wrong type of coolant in your vehicle can actually void your warranty, so it's important to get that right.

    Transmission fluid is becoming specialized for Grand Junction vehicles as well. New transmission designs have particular requirements that require specific formulations. Recently, new, somewhat confusing, standards for brake fluid have also been released.

    Not too long ago, there was a good chance that all of the vehicles at your house would use many of the same fluids. However, as automotive technology advances, the array of basic automotive fluids CO drivers need will grow. And, some of the formulations will cost a little more for Grand Junction drivers. Fortunately, Simpson Brothers Garage will continue to update their training to keep pace with technology so that you'll get the right fluids your vehicle needs. It's all part of the commitment we make to your driving peace of mind.

     Simpson Brothers Garage
    2510 Weslo Ave
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    970.241.6682
    http://simpsonbrothersgarage.com/

    Thursday
    Apr132017

    Go Big or Go Home: Upsize Your Wheels at Simpson Brothers Garage

    A lot of us Grand Junction drivers like our vehicles to reflect our personalities. We're picky about color and body style. We'll customize anything from floor mats to window tints to license plates. One popular way for CO motorists to customize a vehicle is to get new wheels.

    Wheels come in thousands of designs. Custom wheels can add personality, style or sass to a vehicle. Many of these customizations involve getting a bigger wheel.

    Fifteen or 16-inch wheels used to be the factory standard, but today, because a lot of Grand Junction drivers like the look of larger wheels, many vehicles are available with 17 or 18-inch wheels. Optional wheel packages of 20 inches or more are also available in Grand Junction.

    If you want to upsize the wheels on your current vehicle, however, you should know it's not a do-it-yourself project. There are factors involved in ensuring your wheel change doesn't jeopardize the safety of your vehicle.

    First of all, you need to understand rolling diameter. The rolling diameter is the overall height of a tire. If you increase the rolling diameter of your tires when you upsize your wheels, you may have to modify your suspension to make sure the larger tires fit in the space and don't rub in turns or over bumps. If that's more work than you're willing to do or pay for, then you need to maintain rolling diameter when you change your wheels.

    It's not as hard as it sounds. Imagine a doughnut. That doughnut represents rolling diameter, so you can't make the doughnut bigger. However, you can increase the size of the doughnut hole. That gives you a bigger wheel. Tires with reduced sidewall on larger wheels will preserve your rolling diameter.

    Rolling diameter is important because your wheels and tires still need to fit inside the wheel well. Also, your speedometer, odometer and anti-lock brakes are all programmed to work with a specific rolling diameter. You'll throw off the readings on your speedometer and odometer if you change your rolling diameter. And for your anti-lock brakes to work properly, your rolling diameter has to be within 3% of factory recommendations. While some Grand Junction drivers who upsize may not be concerned about meter readings, throwing off the brake system is a serious safety hazard.

    Further, many vehicles in Grand Junction are now equipped with electronically controlled suspensions. Changing the rolling diameter will negatively affect this system as well, which can lead to a less smooth ride and lower handling performance as well as safety concerns.

    Your friendly and knowledgeable Simpson Brothers Garage tire professional may be able to reprogram your vehicle's computer to adjust for a larger (or smaller) rolling diameter.

    So to maintain rolling diameter, you'll need tires with a shorter sidewall. These tires will be designed to give the sidewalls the strength they need to maintain ride quality. Consider that doughnut again. As the wheel (the doughnut hole) gets bigger, the sidewall of the tire (the width of remaining doughnut) gets shorter. That means the tire holds less air. The sidewalls have to be made stiffer to compensate for the decreased air capacity.

    To improve their strength, the shorter tires will also be slightly wider than your previous tires. But this means you'll have a larger contact patch, or, in other words, a larger area of tire making contact with the road. This can actually increase your handling performance and decrease braking distances. Many CO auto buffs customize their wheels just for this reason—they want the improved performance rather than looks or style. If you drive a truck or an SUV around Grand Junction, you might be interested in the extra control an upsized wheel can provide.

    Now, that larger contact patch still has to fit inside your wheel well without rubbing when cornering or when bouncing over bumps or potholes on Grand Junction roads. This is termed fitment, and you may need a few adjustments so your new wheels will fit properly. You may need spacers so that your brakes will fit inside the new wheels, as well.

    Simpson Brothers Garage tire professionals are experts at mounting, adjusting and customizing wheels. They can give you a lot of good auto advice about wheels and tires and how they affect driving performance and car care. They can help you select wheels and tires that will suit your driving needs and habits.

    For example, if you drive off-road around Grand Junction, you should consider a higher profile tire. This type of tire will protect your rims from damage while you're bouncing over rocks. Or, if you tow a trailer or haul heavy loads around CO, you'll want a tire with a load rating equal to your demands. Your friendly and knowledgeable Simpson Brothers Garage tire professional can help you with these types of concerns.

    Once you've got your new wheels, have your service advisor at Simpson Brothers Garage see if you need an alignment. You don't want those new wheels and your higher performance compromised by poor alignment. Get the most out of your investment by getting the work done right at Simpson Brothers Garage in Grand Junction.

    Last but not least, remember tire pressure. With larger wheels, your new tires will hold less air and they'll need slightly higher pressure. You'll need to stay on top of preventive maintenance and keep them properly inflated. Be sure to check their pressure at least once a week. If you don't keep your tires at their correct pressure, they will wear out really fast. It will also affect your braking and handling performance.

    So smile and show off your vehicle around CO. Make it all yours. Bumper stickers, vanity license plates, custom wheels — strut your stuff!

    Simpson Brothers Garage
    2510 Weslo Ave
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    970.241.6682
    http://simpsonbrothersgarage.com/