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How Often Do I Need A Wheel Alignment?

Proper wheel alignment is very important when it comes to how well you are able to handle your vehicle. The correct alignment allows your vehicle to travel straight and not veer off to one side while on the road. How often you need a wheel alignment actually depends upon a number of factors.  The make and model of your vehicle and your driving habits can affect how often your vehicle needs a wheel alignment. The typical time frame is around every 2 years or so, or around every 20,000 miles. However, there are certain situations that can force your wheels out of alignment quicker.  Wheels can be forced out of alignment by a few different occurrences, including driving fast over speed bumps, potholes, hitting curbs, car collisions, and more. If you suspect that you need a wheel alignment, we suggest getting your vehicle into our shop at your earliest convenience. The sooner you get your wheel alignment taken care of, the better off you'll be. This is because driving with ... read more

New Concept Auto Service's Response to COVID-19

New Concept Auto Service's Response to COVID-19

As a valued customer of NCAS, we appreciate the trust you place in us and our employees to take care of your vehicle.  With the current COVID-19 spread we need to stay calm and be smart about how we handle our daily tasks. That is why we want to update you with the steps we are taking to ensure your health and safety when your vehicle is in our care or when you walk through our lobby.  There is no higher priority to NCAS than the Safety of our Customers and Employees. We stay updated with the very latest information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), medical professionals, and government agencies.  We are closely following the CDC's guidelines and recommendations on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. We have shared specific instructions with our employees on the importance of washing their hands and staying home if they feel sick. We are taking extra precautions by sanitizing ... read more

When Do My Brake Calipers Need to Be Replaced?

Depending on the model of your car, you will have disc brakes installed in the front of your vehicle and possibly in the back of your vehicle, as well. When you press down on the brake pedal, brake fluid is pushed through the master cylinder to your brake calipers. The brake fluid uses hydraulic pressure to press the piston inside the caliper, which will in turn press your brake pads against the rotors, slowing down or stopping your vehicle.  Over time, brake calipers can become rusty and contaminated, and begin to leak brake fluid - a vital part of your brake system. This is because the brake calipers actually absorb a ton of heat generated from the brake system, which can cause the seals inside the calipers to wear down. So, when do your brake calipers need to be replaced? Typically, it is recommended that they are replaced during a major brake service. However, your vehicle's owner's manual will also provide a recommendation for how often this service should be perform ... read more

5 Vehicle Noises You Should Never Ignore

After driving your vehicle day after day, you get accustomed to the way your vehicle runs and sounds. If you get into your car and start hearing strange or unusual noises, this is your vehicle's way of telling you that something isn't right. Depending on the noise and when you hear it, the issue could be big or small. The best way to determine the cause is by bringing your vehicle into the experts here at New Concept Auto Service.  While any unusual car noise can be a cause for concern, here are the top 5 car noise that you should never turn a blind eye to:  Chirping or squealing sound from a tire - this can indicate a wheel bearing or axle problem. This can be dangerous because these issues can cause your wheel to come loose or lock up on the road.  Scraping or grinding noise while braking - this indicates that your brake pads are worn out. Never ignore a brake problem! Hissing sound coming from the engine - this points to a possible leak from the cooling sy ... read more

The Main Causes of Car Breakdowns in the Winter

We know that winter driving can be stressful, especially when you try to stay off the roads in times of winter storms and snow. The best thing you can do to be as prepared as possible when hitting the road in the winter is by ensuring that your vehicle is ready to handle the cold weather.  An inspection at our shop can help guarantee that your vehicle is in the best condition to stay reliable through the winter weather, and if not, we can help make the repairs necessary to get your vehicle where it needs to be.  Here are some of the top causes of winter vehicle breakdowns:  Engine overheating - Motor oil runs thicker in cold temperatures, making it harder for it to circulate and keep your car running smoothly—and prevent it from overheating. A dead battery - It’s harder for car batteries to produce a charge in winter — meaning it might not be able to produce enough energy to start your car when you turn the key. Radiator failure - You left your veh ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from New Concept Auto Service!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at New Concept Auto Service! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at New Concept Auto Service before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phon ... read more

What is a Tune-up?

Unlike an oil service, tune-ups are a larger service that are typically required every 30,000 miles or so, depending on the age of your vehicle and your driving habits. Just think of a tune-up as a makeover for your vehicle - it checks major components for signs of wear and tear and determines if anything needs to be repaired or replaced to avoid major breakdowns and keep your vehicle running at its best.  If you are wondering when your vehicle will be due for a tune-up, the best thing to do is to refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will lay out when a tune-up is due for your vehicle and what services are included. You can also bring your vehicle into the experts here at New Concept Auto Service and we can determine if your vehicle needs a tune-up and what may be included for your make and model.  Even though tune-ups are usually needed on an interval basis, they can sometimes be needed prior to the recommended mileage due to excessi ... read more

Never Do These Four Things to Your Car

Never Do These Four Things to Your Car

Ignore the fluids. Fluids—oil, transmission fluid, engine coolant—are the lifeblood of your car. Regularly monitoring of fluid levels and condition will help keep your car’s innards properly lubricated and cooled. No matter how tempting it is, never skip an oil change. We recommend changing your oil every 4,000 miles for synthetic blend, and every 8,000 miles for full synthetic oil. Familiarize yourself with the various warning lights on your dash. If your oil warning light comes on, take it very seriously. Pull over as soon as possible and when safe to do so and turn off the engine, or you risk catastrophic engine failure and the expensive repair bill which comes with it. One other thing to keep an eye on is corrosive buildup on your battery terminals. If you notice any foreign substances on your battery, don’t try to clean it yourself as it can be very corrosive and even dangerous without proper protection. Ignore tire warnings. Thousands of a ... read more

A great day at our Overland Park auto service

A great day at our Overland Park auto service

We just hosted our very first open house at New Concept Auto Service on October 13. The event was a fun success for both our visitors and employees. We invited customers, Overland Park AAA members in the area, folks from my BNI networking group, and our church. My wife Polly did a masterful job of planning this first-time event, with help from our social media right arm, Traci Matt. Newton Graves showed up with his 1988 Mustang GT convertible that we have been servicing since 1997. Dennis Engel brought his high visibility orange 1970 VW Super Beetle. We literally rolled out the red carpet. As people arrived, they saw the new, colorful, full-size shop scenes which filled the front windows. They were greeted by Service Advisor Phil Perez, who gave them nametags and entered them for door prizes. He also gave each person a “Name That Part!” game form to win a prize if they correctly identified a specific car part, along with a New Concept pink pen in honor of National Breast ... read more

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Classic Cars

Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire! (Part I)

Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire! (Part I)

Recently a customer brought in a 1990 VW Jetta, which was experiencing complications from a cobbled-together aftermarket electrical wiring harness. These complications included dangerous arching and burning. The very week we rewired the vehicle properly, the customer encountered a scene which reinforced the life-and-death importance of proper vehicle wiring. He agreed to let us share it here: Paul, Thanks very much for your tenacity, endurance, diagnostic skills, and long-suffering stick-to-it strengths. It has brought great success. The little VW runs very, very well. Cold or warm starts are perfect. Engine runs without any hesitation, stuttering, sputtering, backfiring, exploding, fire-balling, etc. That is all good. Absence of fireballs is especially good! Three days ago, we were out driving around in that automobile and were eastbound on Blackfish Parkway, approaching Pflumm. Ahead we saw smoke, flames, and a Shawnee FD pumper truck. The Shawnee police had the stre ... read more

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