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Five reasons to have your car repaired where it was diagnosed

Five reasons to have your car repaired where it was diagnosed

We don’t guess. We diagnose. This New Concept Auto Service motto grew out of the increasing number of customers who come to us because they can’t get an accurate diagnosis of their vehicles’ problems elsewhere. We are proud to be the “go-to” source for diagnosis. It wouldn’t even dawn on most of them to take their car to a place which can quote a cheaper price for repair. After all, they trust us for accurate mechanical or electrical troubleshooting, why not fixing the problems we find? From time to time we do have to deal with this issue. Here are some things we tell those who want to take their car to another shop: Price should only be one factor of your decision.We do not aim to be the cheapest shop in town, we aim to be the best. It’s important to us that we use only the highest-quality parts for your vehicle, because we want you and your family to be as safe as possible. At New Concept Auto Service, we invest heavily in our technicians’ training and test equipm ... read more

Proper a/c system maintenance is critical

Proper a/c system maintenance is critical

Summer is here, and Overland Park temperatures are climbing as they always do. Extreme heat is nothing to ignore when it comes to your car’s interior. Studies have shown that even on a relatively mild day in the lower 70s, interior temperatures can climb more than 40 degrees above the outside air temperature in as little as 60 minutes. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures can easily top out above 130 degrees during a heat wave. Having a properly working air conditioning system not only protects you and your family from heat exhaustion, but it helps maintain the integrity of your vehicle’s interior, and guards against damage to items in your car such as DVDs or food. Besides, a cool car just makes any ride more pleasant. When a customer’s a/c is not working up to par, the first thing we do is inspect the system for leaks. Most of the time this is the problem. This is a serious environmental issue that should not be fixed with the band-aid approach of adding more refr ... read more

It’s pothole season!

Although the Olympics are being held half a world away, here in Overland Park the Olympic sport of pothole avoidance is the main attraction this week. Of course it’s a known scientific fact that things get bigger when heated and smaller when cooled. A highway is a series of slabs of concrete poured in sections and covered in asphalt. In between each section is an expansion joint. As the air temperature changes, so does the temperature of the road. As the sections grow, the expansion joints in between will bloat on a hot day and contract on a cold day. This constant changing allows water in and weakens the concrete, therefore causing it to break or flake away on the surface. The asphalt breaks away with it. You can see this phenomenon by looking at the edges of any driveway or sidewalk. Most highway potholes are depressions in the road surface located near these expansion joints. The edges are always the weakest part of each section. Sometimes the surface underneath w ... read more

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Road Conditions

Debunking five synthetic oil myths

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 could see my reflection in the cam lobe. It was perfectly polished like a mirror. I just smiled to myself and the valves hardly needed adjustment. This sold me on full synthetic. At New Concept Auto Service, we recently announced our new oil change guidelines and a recommendation to most of our customers to switch to synthetic oil. Unfortunately, there are a lot of rumors and untruths floating around about synthetic. Here are my top five myths, with a little explanation: Once you switch to synthetic oil, there’s no going back.That is simply not true. So as long as you use the correct weight and quantity published by the car manufacturer, you can switch back and forth as much as you’d like. As New Concept ... read more

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Oil Change

Time to replace those wiper blades?

Time to replace those wiper blades?

It’s amazing how the smallest and least expensive part of the car can have a tremendous impact on safety. Take windshield wipers, for instance. Most people don’t even think about them as a key auto maintenance factor until they encounter a driving rainstorm or the first slushy mess of the winter. Natural rubber rots, so windshield wiper replacement should be done annually, depending on your climate, whether or not your car is garaged, and how often you drive. Fall is the optimal time for this, especially if you have noticed streaks, wiper “chattering,” scuffing, or any instance where the blade is not clearing the windshield properly. (Never run the wipers on a dry windshield!) The easiest way to determine if you’re due a replacement is to run your fingers along the rubber part of the wiper. If it’s not smooth as butter, it won’t do the job right and you run the risk of not being able to see the road during a storm. If you drive a minivan or SUV be sure to check the rear wi ... read more

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Cold Weather