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Debunking five synthetic oil myths

When an engine “burns a little oil,” you can usually trace that result to poor oil change services over its life. The opposite is also true. I took an old Honda apart one time to adjust the valves. The engine had always used full synthetic oil. At 150,000 miles, I...

Taking recycling seriously

It’s been great to see Overland Park and surrounding communities get serious about recycling over the last few years. Besides the handy curbside pickup, you can’t help but notice the bins for glass and paper recycling popping up in many parking lots. There are even...

A shameless plug (Part II)

When assessing the need for an oil plug or pan repair, we often offer to show the customer the situation in the shop. One time the customer wanted to pop the plug loose himself as he cussed a little. We let him, and he got a big grin on his face as it popped loose. At...

A shameless plug (Part I)

Our AAA regional representative recently engaged New Concept Auto Service and some other local shops in a conversation about policies regarding cross-threaded oil pan drain plugs. A cross-threaded drain plug is when the threads on the plug and pan are not aligned,...

Overland Park oil change Q&A

I received this Honda oil change question via email last week and thought others might be interested in the discussion: “I just did the first oil change on my new 2012 Honda CRV.  OEM recommends 0W-20 oil.  All I could find in this grade at O’Reilly was synthetic.  I...