Thursday, March 24, 2016

The One Who Shut Us Down

Our repair shop in Denver has been closed for different things over the years - being sick, adding babies to the family, but not ever from a blizzard. Blizzard Selene shut us down, not only during the blizzard, but today, too! Usually, we dig out of snowstorms with the rest of the city and we are back at it the next day.

Today, we went to the shop and the roads were pretty clear considering how much we got dumped on!

When we got to the shop, the parking lot was cleared out and we were ready to get to work after resting with our family yesterday. We disarmed the alarm and noticed it wasn't connected to power. We checked the connection and everything was ok.

The fish tank lights turned on, but we didn't have any office lights. The shop lights turned on, but flickered and were dim. The lift didn't have any power and the air compressor wouldn't even turn on! We had phone service, but the modem showed no internet service.

We decided to call Xcel Energy to see how quickly we would have power back up and running. The customer service rep said she didn't know, but they had 800 people working on it. We decided to close the shop for the day, since we wouldn't be able to get any work completed. We put a note on the door and forwarded the phone.

We got a text message from Xcel in the afternoon and contacted our neighbors to see if power was indeed completely back up. Good news! We just heard that power is back - yay! We will be back in the shop tomorrow! Thank you, Xcel Energy, and all the crews working through the storm! We appreciate it!

Friday, March 18, 2016

When it's time for a new truck

Even our own vehicles reach the point where they are no longer economically repairable. We often recommend to our customers that they get a newer vehicle instead of repairing their current one. Most people appreciate the advice, some people are insulted. The fact of the matter is that no matter how well taken care of your vehicle is, eventually it will reach the point where it needs more money invested into it than it would cost to replace it. Norm's been driving the same truck, a 1995 F150, for 10 years! It has almost a quarter of a million miles and has been very faithful to our family. Norm's new truck is beautiful with a recent new motor.

We looked high and low for the perfect truck for him. Most Ford trucks are diesels with as many miles as his old truck, while others are taken off-road or used as work trucks. Good thing, Heidi is good at searching the internet. She found this babied gem weeks ago, but Norm wasn't sure about the color blue. Luckily, the truck was waiting for him.

Norm said he didn't want a new truck and would keep driving his F150 until it died. This week the exhaust broke in his old truck. The exhaust fell down and was dragging the ground while he was driving. Norm had to pull over and tie up his exhaust on the way to the shop. This was the final straw for him. He told Heidi to start looking for a truck and she kept coming across this F250. The rest is history.

This truck will be getting a 4" lift, new tires and wheels, performance tuner, high performance cams, intake, ignition, and exhaust. Stay tuned!

‪Happy‬ ‪Friday‬!

P.S. If you're in the market for a newer vehicle, we offer pre-purchase inspections for only $95 in Denver.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Ford Truck Repair in Denver

Today we're working on a 2005 Ford F250 with the 5.4 engine. We're replacing the cam sensors and the famous spark plugs. This truck has 166K on it with the original spark plugs! Here is one of the broken spark plugs and the tip of the spark plug that stayed in the engine still on the extraction tool. When removing these plugs, they often break leaving part of the plug inside the cylinder head. Then, a special extraction tool is needed to remove the broken off piece. If you need Ford auto repair in Denver, call us today at 303-297-2886 or email us!

Happy Friday! 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Chrysler Conquest with Ford Mustang Engine

This is one of our favorite projects we have ever done - a 1988 ‪‎Chrysler‬ ‪Conquest‬ TSI (otherwise known as a ‪Mitsubishi‬ ‪Starion‬). We purchased a rolled over a 1993 ‪‎Ford Mustang‬ Cobra for the drivetrain.

We used the Mustang transmission and converted it to a hydraulic clutch. The motor was bored balanced, blueprinted, studded, and girdled. The entire top end of the motor was done with the Trick Flow street heat package including heads, intake, cam, etc. We installed 24 lb. injectors, a bigger throttle body and mass air, along with a fresh air intake. It took us 4 years to build. It was not the fastest car we ever built, but it would lay down low 11's all day long. We sold it when Heidi needed a surgery that insurance would not cover at the last minute. The last we saw of this car was when it was being loaded onto a car hauler headed to the East Coast. If you see this post and own this car now or know who does, please contact us. We would love to see it again!

Read more about this car ‪on our family blog‬ at soon!

Happy‬ ‪Throwback Thursday‬!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ford Repair in Denver

Our 2005 Expedition is up and running dependably again - FINALLY!!!

Have you ever heard from a mechanic that your car’s problem will have to get worse to be diagnosed? You may have thought that the mechanic was lying to you. You may have even thought that the mechanic was just not very good. We tell people this all the time and often they get mad at us or even doubt our skills.

The truth of the matter is that cars with intermittent problems are the hardest to diagnose - period. Recently, we encountered a car with an extremely intermittent problem that was very hard to diagnose. That car just happens to be our own 2005 Ford Expedition with the 5.4L V8 engine.

Ford Expedition Hard Starting Fixed!

At first, our Expedition would randomly not start on the first try, but only on cold mornings. It would always start on the second or third try, but we never knew when it would act up. Any day the temperature was over 35˚ the car would start dependably! Every time we were able to get it to act up, it would run perfect as soon as we hooked it up to test equipment. The Expedition would start and run perfect for up to a week, then just not start on the first try when you least expect it to.

Every time we tested the car’s computer system it passed with flying colors! There were no diagnostic codes to work with. We basically had no idea where to start looking for a problem that only happened once in a while. This is when we knew we would have to drive the car until one day it just wouldn’t start at all or the malfunction was at least reproducible.

After about 3 weeks of driving the car and never knowing when it would leave us stranded, it finally totally quit running! Luckily, it decided to no longer run in our driveway, so we had it towed to our shop. With the Expedition no longer running at all, it only took about 30 minutes to determine the cause.

A Simple Fix

This entire nerve racking time of never knowing if it would just die out any second was caused by a simple little relay. Sometimes the relay worked and sometimes it would not. Unfortunately, this one little relay is built into an expensive central junction box. The central junction box is basically the fuse box for the entire car! In the central junction box there are a multitude of relays and fuses, most relays are replaceable, the fuel pump relay is not. The fuel pump relay that was causing our problem had no visual signs of failure, and tested good every single time we checked it! Now after many weeks of frustration, a $400 fuse box fixed the problem and we have our beloved Expedition back on the road again! Most importantly, I have a happy wife again!

At Mastermind Enterprises Auto Care, we understand why you get frustrated when your car is broken down. We are not exempt from frustrating car repairs, either. Please understand when your car is having a frustrating problem, it is not always the mechanic's fault if it cannot be diagnosed.

Be kind to the mechanic. The mechanic is only there to help you get your car back on the road. Honesty is guaranteed at our shop! We do our best to get you back on the road as quickly as possible! If you are in Denver and need auto repair, call us today at 303-297-2886 or email us!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Snow Day in Colorado

Over a foot of snow in Colorado! We braved the roads to come into Mastermind Enterprises Auto Care in Denver! If you have to drive today, be safe out there! Next time, we're taking a snow day!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Quality Auto Repair in Denver

When we read great testimonials like the following, it certainly brightens our day! We give you Legendary Auto Repair Service in Denver, Colorado!

Our mission is to educate our customers about their vehicles when they come to our repair shop. We want you to understand your car, its specific needs, and exactly what you are spending money on and why. Read the Auto Maintenance and Auto Repair pages on our shop's website for more information about our family auto repair shop in Denver. Read more of our 177 customer testimonials (& counting!) on our testimonials page!

No matter what kind of auto service or repair work your vehicle needs, Mastermind Enterprises Auto Care has the knowledge and resources to get the job done right, the first time with faster turnaround. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"My experience with Mastermind Enterprises has been fantastic! I have had my car serviced at this location on two separate occasions and each time I have received service that has exceeded all expectations. My most recent experience dealt with unknown knocking noise coming from the left front tire. Upon dropping off the vehicle, I anticipated the repairs to be extensive and costly. To my surprise the issue turned out to be minor and it was corrected quickly with little expense. If you are searching for honest straight forward diagnosis regarding your vehicle's repair needs, I highly recommend taking your inquires and business to Mastermind Enterprises." - Ali

Blessings from our family to yours!
 Happy Mastermind Monday!

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