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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:

Olathe Auto Repair: Winter Driving Tips

Posted on 12/14/2012

Inevitably, we’re going to have a string of days this winter where it’s colder than should be allowed in this universe. You know the type—those mornings where you go out to start the car and it feels like your eyes are going to freeze over.

Keep in mind that in extreme cold, you might have a hard time managing your vehicle. As an auto repair shop in the Olathe area, we feel we have some good tips to keep your vehicle ready to go at any time. Here are a few things to look out for this winter:

Winter Wipers

There are some good choices for winter wiper blades out there that won’t break the bank. Believe us, spending $15--$20 on a decent pair of blades to ensure you can see clearly this winter is well worth it. Your windshield will clear off faster, and you’ll see better during adverse conditions at any time of day. Any auto repair shop near Olathe will help you pick out the right kind of wipers for your car.

Gas Line Anti-Freeze

For less than $10, you can pick up a bottle of gas line anti-freeze, a fuel additive that treats either gas or diesel engines. It works by absorbing the condensation that forms in your gas tank on cold days so fuel can reach the gas line, allowing your engine to start.

Emergency Kit

An emergency kit for the winter is an inexpensive way to ensure you’re fully prepared for anything Jack Frost might throw out at you on the road. A good kit with a flashlight, candles, survival blanket and first aid pieces will hardly take up any space in the back seat. You might not EVER use it, but having it in the back seat is worth the peace of mind.

Engine Block Heater

These especially helpful if you don’t have the luxury of parking your vehicle in a climate-controlled garage every night. These might cost around $40 (plus labor) but they’ll have your vehicle starting with the push of a button. An engine block heater pre-warms your vehicle by hooking the engine up to an electrical outlet. The result is an easy, snappy start even in cold weather.

If you have more questions about how you can winterize your car, don’t hesitate to stop by an Olathe Auto Repair shop like us at Anderson Automotive or give us a call at (913) 393-0083!

Olathe Auto Repair Tips: Don't Text and Drive!

Posted on 10/15/2012

A 2011 poll indicated 1 out of 3 teens texted while driving at some point throughout the year. As an Auto Repair shop, we hope teens in the Olathe area are practicing safe driving habits this fall. Take a look at this light-hearted clip imagining how tough it would be to HAVE to text and drive to get your license:

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