Tuesday, January 14, 2020

When Should I Change My Car’s Oil?

It’s a question that has evolved over the years thanks to modern automotive technology.  Older cars typically have oil change intervals based on mileage, and have two maintenance schedules, one for cars driven in "normal" operation and another for those used in "severe service.”  That means lots of short trips and stop and go driving.

Most newer cars are equipped with something known as oil-life monitoring systems.  They automatically determine when an oil change is needed and notify you with an alert on the instrument panel.  Whenever you have your vehicle's oil changed, make sure that the service technician resets the oil-life monitoring system.

Changing your car’s oil on a regular interval is the first line of defense in keeping your car on the road for many years.  The A-Team certainly knows that and the technicians at Able Auto Service can get you in and out of the shop in minutes with many other checks and balances along the way.  Visit Able Auto Service at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS or call (913) 321-1030.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Dead of Winter.

There is a reason why some saddle this time of year with that moniker.  Few things are more frustrating than climbing into a cold, snow-covered car or truck in the Kansas City area only to hear the dreaded “click-click" of a dead battery.  It happens to the best of us.  But why does a car battery's life seem to end more frequently in winter?

Here are some signs of a failing battery –

1.  The headlights start to look yellow instead of white.
2.  The dome light inside your car begins to dim.
3.  The engine cranks more slowly.
4.  You smell something akin to rotten eggs.
5.  Your dashboard warning light is on…that’s what it’s there for.

If you own your vehicle long enough your battery will fail…usually more than once in your car’s lifetime.  Kansas City winters are cold…period.  Let the A-Team check your battery and make recommendations if it has not been checked for more than 6 months.  The A-Team is found at Able Auto Service located at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS.  Call (913) 321-1030.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Getting to the Heart of the Matter.

Your car’s engine…your heart.  In many ways, your vehicle depends on a smooth-running engine as much as you need a healthy ticker.  Just as most of us get a warning when our heart is about to go bad, your vehicle has a mechanism to alert you when its vital engine is just about to go bad.  It’s the check engine light.

To get to the “heart” of the matter before that occurs consider these preventative measures –

1.  Have the engine fully diagnosed.
2.  The computer may need to be reprogrammed.
3.  Air suspension is a matter to be considered.
4.  Have the source of that menacing light investigated.

The A-Team knows all about the potential future dangers that your car may face.  That is why they offer a myriad of engine checks to keep you on the roadways of the Kansas City area.  Able Auto Service has plenty of engine experts.  Drive into Able Auto Service at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS…or call ahead (913) 321-1030.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Kansas City Holiday Events & Activities 2019

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Here’s a list of 2019 Kansas City holiday events and activities.
Some of these events are fun for kids; others are for adults or all ages.
 
 


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

What’s That…I Can’t Hear you Over the Muffler.

There aren’t many sounds more annoying than this one.  While proactive vehicle maintenance is always a plus, there are few components where this is truer than with your vehicle’s muffler.  Waiting too long to get your muffler serviced will almost always mean costly repair bills in your immediate future.

Here are a few warning signs that it is time –

1.  Loud noises emanating from your muffler
2.  Your MPG keeps going down and down
3.  Bad smells…this is usually the sign of some really bad things coming

A good auto mechanic should be your next call.  One of the very best shops in the Kansas City area is Able Auto Service.  The A-Team will take care of all your vehicle repair and maintenance needs this KC winter.  Just drive in to 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS or give them a call for an appointment at (913) 321-1030.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em.

It’s an old phrase from a bygone era and when it applies to your car’s engine it is always an antiquated pronouncement.  What is a smoke leak test for your vehicle?  Leaks can present troubles for vehicle owners.  Some leaks can be gas or air leaks.  Unmeasured air flow through your engine throws off the fuel to air ratio.  This can lead to 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 car in the vacuum systems. The vacuum system will be tested using a smoke leak test.  This test can determine if any piping in the system of your engine has a leak. A vacuum system controls the airflow in and out of the engine of your car.

It is an important piece of the puzzle as you prepare your vehicle for the challenges of winter driving.  The A-Team is standing by to help you through the next six months of driving around the roads of Kansas City.  The A-Team are the professional mechanics at Able Auto Service located at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS.  Call ahead if you wish at (913) 321-1030.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

It’s Not Warming up any Time Soon.

No one experiences that more than your vehicle’s battery.  It is one of the most important parts of your car.  Without it, you won’t go anywhere!  Your battery will eventually let you down and leave you stranded if you don’t take care of it.  There are a lot of things that can cause your battery to fail, and many of them are so gradual and so easy to miss.

Most battery manufacturers will tell you that you should get your car’s battery checked twice a year.  Just before the onset of another tough winter in Kansas City is an excellent time to do just that.  Almost everyone knows that extreme hot or cold weather are the most common things that wear your car battery down.

When was the last time that you had your vehicle’s battery checked to see if it is ready for winter?  What better time and better place to have it done in Kansas City than Able Auto Service?  The A-Team will quickly check your battery and anything else if you wish.  Just call (913) 321-1030 and make an appointment or drive in to 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS.