Yearly Archives: 2015

How to prepare your classic car for winter storage

How to prepare your classic car for winter storage

This year in Overland Park we have been fortunate to have a warm, dry fall and the ability to stretch out the classic car season. However, freezing precipitation came within a few counties of us this week and it’s time to get those special classics tucked away for a long winter’s nap. How do you make sure your classic is stored properly? Here are my top ten tips: 1. Don’t overlook scheduled maintenance, such as changing the oil and filter. Resist the urge to put it off until spring, when you will have a thousand other things to tend to as you bring her out of hibernation. 2. Give her a thorough wash and wax, as well as vacuuming and cleaning of interior surfaces. Use a good conditioner of your choice to seal and protect leather, vinyl and plastic. 3. Add fuel stabilizer (like Sea Foam or Sta-Bil brand) to protect from rust and other issues, then fill the gas tank to the brim. 4. Take her out for one final spin to get it good and warmed up. This will allow the oil a ... read more

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Classic Cars

Car maintenance by the numbers

Car maintenance by the numbers

A recent study conducted by the non-profit Car Care Council confirmed what any car repair technician could have told you – almost every vehicle on the road is need of some sort of maintenance. During last year’s car care events a full 84 percent of vehicles failed at least one aspect of the inspections. For some reason, that number is up five whole percentage points over the same study done the year before.Here are the top culprits when it comes to overdue car maintenance: Low washer fluid Low or dirty motor oil Low, leaky or degraded coolant Low or dirty power steering fluid Low or dirty brake fluid Low or discolored transmission fluid Dirty air filter Worn belts and hoses Corroded battery cables, terminals and clamps Worn out windshield wipers Burned out lights Worn and improperly inflated tires In addition, 13 percent of cars inspected had a “check engine” light on which was being ignored by the owner.W ... read more

How to avoid life-and-death airbag scams

How to avoid life-and-death airbag scams

If you are in the market for a used car, one vital component to ensure is functional is also impossible to inspect with the naked eye—the airbag system. More often than you would believe, people who prep used cars for resale will use all sorts of creative methods to avoid the extra expense of properly replacing a deployed airbag. There have been reports of airbags simply being jammed back into the steering wheel (rendering it useless), and airbag compartments being stuffed with everything from packing peanuts to beer cans. Dozens of deaths occur on our roadways each year because of airbag fraud. So what are the best ways to avoid an injury to yourself or a passenger from such danger on the road? Here are some red flags to watch out for when shopping for a used vehicle: The seller is reluctant to or even refuses to provide a vehicle history report from a reputable source like CARFAX. The seller cannot produce inspection documents verifying (if the vehicle has been i ... read more

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Airbags

Avoid costly repairs by budgeting for car maintenance

Avoid costly repairs by budgeting for car maintenance

One thing which seems to sneak up and ruin many budgets is car repair. While you still have a clean financial slate in front of you for 2015, why not add regular car maintenance as a budget line item. Regular maintenance increases the safety and reliability of your vehicle, as well as prolonging its life. It doesn’t guarantee a lack of problems, but can reduce the likelihood of major repairs. So what items should be on your maintenance schedule and why? Engine oil is as vital to your car’s health as blood is to yours. Conventional engine oil lubricates, removes heat, prevents corrosion and sludge, and keeps the inside of the engine clean. Full synthetic oil does an even better job at all this. However, all oils eventually wear out over time, losing their ability to perform as needed. Regular oil changes help prevent various, and varying degrees, of engine damage. You know it’s time to change your oil either from a lube oil window sticker or your gauges. Fluid ... read more