Monthly Archives: May 2013

Easy ways to avoid a highway breakdown

Looks like weather in Overland Park, Kansas will be great for the holiday weekend! If you’re packing your bags to go on a road trip there are a few things you can do to help ensure your safe arrival. Don’t ignore warning lights! If your engine maintenance light or any of your preventive maintenance auto dash lights are on, now is not the time to hit the highway. The stress of a long-distance drive at high summer temperatures may be what pushes the reminder to a full-blown auto repair emergency. Check your tires. Really—when was the last time you took a good look at your tire wear? Or checked the pressure in your spare tire? Check your fluid levels. The proper amount of oil, transmission fluid, coolant, or washer fluid could be the difference between a great weekend and a day at the auto repair shop. Pack an emergency kit. Nothing is more miserable than a car full of hungry/thirsty passengers who are wishing to be anywhere but on the side of the highway. At the v ... read more

Perfect gift for the motoring mom

If you’re reading this a day or two before Mother’s Day, I’m pretty sure you’re desperate for something quick and/or cheap for a special mom. I have an idea that is guaranteed to fit and probably won’t cost a thing: a vehicle safety check. If you don’t even know how to lift the hood of a car you can still do this. Start by checking her tire pressure. Even the most un-mechanical mom has a tire pressure gauge in the glove compartment. If she does not, you can pick one up at any local discount store or drugstore. The tire pressure the engineers designed the car for can be found on the sticker on the driver’s doorjamb. If it’s low, run to a gas station and fill it up—but be careful not to overfill, especially with the hot days we have in the forecast next week. Check her wiper blades for wear. If they are faded, splitting or tearing find an auto parts store and get the best pair you can afford. Quality does matter here and you want to be sure she can see in any blinding Overla ... read more

Four easy ways to avoid pothole damage

Four easy ways to avoid pothole damage

When you’re tooling down the highway (or even an Overland Park thruway like 87th Street near New Concept Auto Service) and suddenly see a pothole looming up ahead, what do you do? Do you hit the brakes? Do you swerve? Do you brace yourself? Do you curse? Do you pray? Here are four easy ways to avoid hitting those dastardly holes and creating a need for costly repairs to your vehicle. Be an eagle eye. The best way to spot a pothole is to watch the cars in front of you (like you are supposed to be doing). Cars will dip, swerve, and/or brake. In spring in Kansas City, if you see cars hitting their brake lights, or everyone is making the same move at the same spot, there’s likely a pothole ahead. Go full speed ahead. If the impact is inevitable, resist the urge to hit your brakes. When you apply your brakes the front of your car will dip and the car experiences what’s called weight transfer. This means if your car weighs 4,000 pounds when you are driving at a steady spee ... read more

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