Monthly Archives: July 2012

No shortcuts to diagnosing shorts

No radio makes for tough day at the beach – logically. I have a dear friend named Kurt that I have known for many years. Kurt is a mechanical engineer like me and we have spent much time discussing at length the whys and what-fors of most anything mechanical or electrical. How do you think this works? Why did someone design this so poorly? How much does this weigh? I love to engage in these logic-centered conversations and he is the perfect friend to share them with. Anyhow, Kurt’s wife and three young boys were planning a trip to the South Carolina beach near their home on Sunday and the radio quit working in the minivan Saturday morning. Kurt called me around noon Saturday to discuss the scenario. He found the radio fuse under the dash was blown. With a few simple tools, he logically disconnected the radio, replaced the fuse, but it blew again when he switched on the key. He called when I was sitting at my Overland Park shop with access to the factory wiring diagr ... read more

Celebrating collector cars

Celebrating collector cars

…“the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.” – Senate Resolution 452 Today, collector car lovers all across the country are celebrating the third annual national Collector Car Appreciation Day! What a great way to bring out the classics—people are being encouraged to drive their collector cars to work and gather to recognize our nation’s automotive heritage. SEMA and other industry organizations have worked hard to bring attention to the “high-skilled jobs which are supported through vehicle restoration and customization.” In case you haven’t noticed, automotive restoration is at an all-time high! The Baby Boomers and younger enthusiasts are connecting with their roots by searching out their first cars and making them new again. At New Concept Auto Service we have done a ton of electrical and mechanical restoration work in recent years and there is no ... read more

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Insider secrets for hot-weather driving

Summer has definitely arrived! The Weather Channel is actually reporting more than 4,000 daily record highs have been smashed in the last month. Last weekend here in Overland Park, Kansas, we hit 107, with no relief in sight. If we’ve ever needed hot-weather driving wisdom, it’s now! Here are a few tips you may have never heard of to keep you on the road safely and efficiently: Recirculate your air. Most air conditioning systems have a mode for fresh air and one called recirc (or max). In fresh air mode, the system takes 100 degree outside air and tries to cool it down to 40 degrees. Recirc keeps recycling the cold air inside your vehicle, and is easier on your air conditioning system. So, periodically cycle to fresh air (especially when travelling with smelly relative) but mostly leave it on recirc. In the spring and fall, I always use fresh mode. Fill your tank. Your fuel pump is an electric motor that runs constantly, and tends to heat up just like any motor ... read more

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