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The Importance of Cooling System Maintenance

Posted on 01/25/2013

An engine’s lifespan is severely dependant on a car’s cooling system. When a car overheats, the resulting damage is often severe enough to require an engine overhaul. It is important to make sure the cooling system is always in good working order.  Taking a few preventative measures may increase the life of your engine significantly.

 There are a number of components that make up a cooling system. Many of these components are rubber hoses and seals which are susceptible to wear and corrosion, and if broken, can quickly lead to engine failure.

 There are several signs that indicate a damaged or corroded coolant hose. Brittle and inflexible rubber hoses should be replaced as soon as possible. Hoses with bulges or kinks are also reaching the end of their life. If a hose is already leaking, it may be accompanied by steam and a sweet smell. An ASE Certified Technician at your reliable auto repair shop in Olathe will be able to correctly diagnose any issues with your coolant system that you discover.

 Many of today’s cars use coolant hoses that are specially shaped to navigate around different engine components.  Some parts of the cooling system may not be visible, and some may not be easily accessible.  A general rule is that a car’s coolant hoses should be replaced every four years, though some may last significantly longer.

 Replacing damaged or deteriorating hoses will prevent overheating and wear on major engine components.  A modern engine’s moving parts are built with tight tolerances and may be especially susceptible to heat damage.  These components expand beyond their tolerances when overheated and the engine begins to break down from friction.

 It is imperative to stop any coolant leaks as soon as they happen.  It may be a good idea to keep some duct tape and a few sections of spare coolant hose in your car’s emergency kit.

 If your hoses are showing signs of wear, it may be time to see an ASE certified mechanic. Other cooling-related maintenance may be needed, such as a cooling system flush or a new thermostat. A good mechanic may offer other preventative suggestions that will help keep your car on the road for many years.

Protect Yourself From Being Hoodwinked

Posted on 01/24/2013

These car tips, along with a relationship with the right repair shop will protect you from being ripped-off on auto repairs.

 

3 Main Ways of Being Ripped-Off

 

1) They sell you something you don’t need. This is the worst rip-off.  This occurs regularly in shady repair shops. 

 

How to Protect Yourself: Before you agree to the repairs, be sure you understand what’s being done. A professional shop will take the time to teach you everything you need to know to make an informed decision. Have the shop show you each needed item before and after the repair. If you feel uncomfortable about anything, remember: you can take your car anywhere for your repairs. Always ask as many questions as you can so that you are sure of your decision. Afterwards, verify that the repairs were done, and ask the shop to give you back your old parts.

 

2) They don’t know what they are doing. Due to a general shortage of technicians nationwide, many unskilled techs are now in the field. You are paying for their incompetence in wasted diagnosis time, mistakes, and in parts that weren’t needed.

 

How to Protect Yourself: Select a shop that is accredited by AAA, ASE, ASA, BBB, etc.  Technicians can be specially certified for different car systems, so whenever possible, make sure your tech is ASE certified in the specialty he’s working in. Just because a tech is certified in one specialty, doesn’t mean they are in all areas.

 

3) They promote an unrealistic price. We all see commercials advertising cheap four-wheel brake jobs for $99 and a lot of us are tricked into getting a $200-$300 service. Scheduled maintenance, tune-ups, and many other services can have a misleading price tag.

 

How to Protect Yourself: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Have an honest auto repair shop in Olathe give you a correct estimate or get ready to open your wallet much wider than you thought!

The Importance of Tire Maintenance

Posted on 01/02/2013

Many modern cars have tire pressure meters that will notify you when the tire pressure is low. Without these meters, it is possible that a pressure drop will go unnoticed until your tires are ruined, or worse, blown out.

When tires are properly inflated, they will wear evenly and the tires will last longer. If a tire is used while under-inflated, the sidewalls will take most of the pressure and the tire will wear on the outside. If a tire is over-inflated, the tire will bulge in the middle and the car will run on the center part of the tire.

If damage occurs on the road, your tires may deflate quickly. A good indication your tires are dangerously low is if the car feels wobbly when cornering. This is because the car is sliding out on the tire's sidewall. At this point it is very important to replace the tire immediately. Check tire pressure after every other gas fill up.

Be sure to also check the tread depth. Most tires have raised bars inside sections of the tread. Once the tread wears close to these bars, it is time to replace the tires. Visit your professional and reliable auto repair shop in Olathe to help keep you safely on the road.

It is recommended that all four tires are replaced at once, especially if your car is all-wheel drive. If your car is two-wheel drive, it may be more economical to replace the two most worn tires. The new tires should be on the drive wheels. If tires are developing pits or abnormal wear, your suspension parts may be misaligned. It is important to take your vehicle to an ASE certified technician, who will be able to diagnose the problem and check the safety of your tires in Olathe.

Olathe Auto Repair: Preventive Maintenance

Posted on 12/31/2012

We talk a lot about how you should visit our shop in Olathe so your vehicle can get an oil change every 3 months or 3,000 miles. We tell you this because it's all a part of a preventive maintenance plan. Watch the clip below for a detailed definition of preventive maintenance and why it's so important for your vehicle:

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