Thursday, May 14, 2020

Smoke ‘Em if you Got ‘Em.

Not these days, my friend, but your car does not understand that and now and then it needs a smoke test.  Leaks can present troubles for vehicle owners, but not all leaks are fluid leaks.  Some leaks can be gas or air leaks.  If the unmeasured air flow through your engine throws off the fuel to air ratio the result can be poor engine performance.

A smoke leak test is a series of tests that will provide information on possible leaks present under the hood of your KC area vehicle in the vacuum systems.  The vacuum systems will be tested using a smoke leak test.  This test can determine if any piping in the vacuum system in your engine has a leak.  The result this time…peace of mind!

Where can you get a smoke test on your car in the Kansas City area?  Why, at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS., of course.  The A-Team is always ready, willing, and able to conduct a smoke test on your vehicle.  Think of it as a spirometry (look it up) for your car.  Would you like an appointment?  Just call (913) 321-1030.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Bumpity, Bump, Bump.

That’s what happens to your car now and then when it hits a big bump in the road.  It’s called the suspension system.  Your suspension soaks up the bumps in the road, keeping you comfortable and safe by allowing your brakes and tires to work as designed.  Let’s look at what could possibly go wrong.

Here are some of the components of your vehicle’s suspension system –

1.  The springs allow your car to absorb the energy of a pothole.
2.  The shocks work to dampen the springs natural tendency to oscillate.
3.  The struts comprise a unit that combines the spring and shock in to one package.

Shocks and struts need to be dealt with ASAP!  If you ignore a “bouncy” car, it will probably lead to more expensive problems.  Trust the A-Team in Kansas City to take that bounce out of your vehicle’s step.  They are the mechanics that you have come to trust at Able Auto Service located at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS.  Call ahead at (913) 321-1030…or bounce on in.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Wheel Alignment = Suspension Alignment.

Did you think that those were two different things?  Well, a wheel alignment is actually a suspension alignment which involves fine-tuning the angles of the suspension system so the wheels are literally pointed in the right direction.  It’s always beneficial to have your car’s wheels pointed in the right direction!

A wheel alignment isn’t usually listed as a regular maintenance item, but there are a few times it should be checked: when suspension parts are replaced, if there are obvious signs of misalignment (such as the steering wheel being cocked to one side when the vehicle is going straight), or if the vehicle consistently pulls to one side.

Wheel alignments may not be as vital as say, oil changes, but now and again they are absolutely necessary.  Where can you get a reliable wheel alignment in Kansas City without going to a tire store?  Well, how about Able Auto Service at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS.  The A-Team is always standing by to help.  Call for an appointment at (913) 321-1030.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Smoke Gets in your Eyes.

For an older generation this may be one of their favorite songs (maybe our boss, Rob listened to it when he was a kid!).  Leaks can present troubles for vehicle owners, but not all leaks are fluid leaks.  Some leaks can be gas or air leaks.  Unmeasured air flow through your engine throws off the fuel to air ratio.

A smoke leak test is a series of tests that will provide information on possible leaks present under the hood of your car in the vacuum systems.  The vacuum systems will be tested using a smoke leak test.  This test can determine if any piping in the vacuum system in your engine has a leak…enough said!

Well, not exactly, because we didn’t tell you yet where to get this done.  In the Kansas City area the answer is easy…Able Auto Service.  Yes, that’s the home of the A-Team who takes care of any and all of the vehicles on the roads around KC.  Able Auto Service is located at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS.  Call ahead and reserve a spot at (913) 321-1030.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Alternators Gone Bad.

It happens if you own your vehicle long enough.  You turn the key, and instead of firing up the engine, all you hear are rapid clicks.  Is your battery dead?  Maybe, but the same situation could happen again with a new battery, if you miss signs of a failing alternator.  An alternator charges the battery while the vehicle is running.  


Here are some symptoms of a failing alternator –

1.  Dimming or flickering lights
2.  Odd noises…usually coming from the serpentine belt
3.  The engine stalls
4.  The dreaded “check engine light” goes on and STAYS on

Alternator or battery, whatever the problem there is always one sure solution in the Kansas City area.  That’s Able Auto Service.  The A-Team is standing by to get you back on the road better than ever.  Trust Able Auto Service located at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS for all your auto repair needs.  Call ahead for an appointment at (913) 321-1030.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Free Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

(Click the link above for more information)

Irish spirit fills Kansas City again on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 during the 48th annual Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Westport and Midtown.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Hey Mom, it’s a Bouncy Castle!

Wonderful words to hear from your children, aren’t they?  They are not so wonderful when referring to your car.  There’s nothing scarier than feeling like you can’t control your vehicle while you’re driving it around Kansas City.  A vehicle that sways and bounces excessively while in motion is disturbing for the driver, and also very dangerous!

Here are some causes for the bouncing –

1.  Your car’s wheels are not aligned.
2.  The tires are worn at different intervals.
3.  The rack bushings are either too tight or too loose (you don’t want loose rack bushings!)
4.  The struts have simply worn out.

Here is an idea.  Visit ableautoservice.net on the web.  Then click on the shocks/struts tab on the website.  See?  The best people in the Kansas City area to visit when you are bouncing about are members of the A-Team at Able Auto Service.  They are conveniently located at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS.  Call for an appointment at (913) 321-1030.