Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Tighten Your Belt.

That’s good advice for dieters and managers of money.  It is GREAT advice for car owners!  This is no small point.  A belt or hose failure can cause an overheated engine, loss of power steering, and loss of the electrical charging system.  If a hose leaks coolant or the belt turning the water pump snaps, the cooling system becomes inoperable. 

Here are some basic maintenance tips –

1.  Check the white coolant-recovery tank to ensure proper levels.
2.  Squeeze the hoses to feel if it’s mushy…make sure it’s cool!
3.  Inspect for cracks and nicks while the engine is hot.
4.  Flush and replace the coolant in conjunction with your owner’s manual.

Experts recommend that that all hoses be replaced at least every four years or, obviously when one fails.  Have your hoses and belts checked professionally by the A-Team.  That’s the team of auto mechanics at Able Auto Service.  The Kansas City area has counted on their expertise for many, many years.  Call (913) 321-1030 or stop in at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City, KS.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

On the Road Again.

Drivers of the Kansas City area are celebrating summer by heading out on traditional family summer vacations by car.  And, let’s face it, because we are smack-dab in the middle of America almost every road trip this summer is a multi-day excursion.  Is your vehicle ready for extended summer travel?

Here are some tips before you head out –

1.  Have all of the fluids checked and topped off before heading out.
2.  Make sure all of your car’s lights are fully functional.
3.  Are your wipers in tip-top shape?
4.  How are the brake pads?
5.  Your tires…duh!

At Able Auto Service they check all of the boxes that are important to extended summer vacation driving.  Whatever type of vehicle you drive, make sure it is fully checked and serviced by the A-Team.  That’s Able Auto Service.  KC’s last stop before hitting the road.  Call (913) 321-1030 to make an appointment at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A Ding Becomes a Spider.

It sounds like a line from a Dr. Seuss book, but if you are driving the highways of the Kansas City area this summer it can be all too real.  When that stray pebble hits your windshield, it may start out as a tiny hole.  Before you know it, your vision may be obscured by a growing “spider” expanding its way across the glass.

Can a cracked windshield shatter?  The short answer is YES!  Windshields are held in place with strong urethane adhesives, which prevent leaks, noise and movement of the glass.  Because the glass is laminated, the entire windshield generally won’t separate from the frame.  That does not mean it is safe.  Your windshield’s structural integrity has been compromised.

Don’t tempt fate!  Make an appointment to have your car’s windshield replaced by the A-Team.  That’s the team of auto care professionals at Able Auto Service.  They are one of the top places in the KC Metro for car repair, etc.  Able Auto Service is located at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS.  Call ahead for a convenient appointment at (913) 321-1030.

Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog

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Transport yourself to the world of Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all the residents of Birdwell Island in this exciting, interactive and FREE exhibit.  
June 8 - Sept 22nd

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Reprogramming your Engine Computer.

Flashing — or erasing and reprogramming — your engine’s computer is a legitimate and legal way to keep a car’s engine control modules (ECMs) up to date.  If your vehicle is from 1996 or newer this will ensure that the microprocessors in such areas as the power train and fuel injectors are regulating their systems properly.

How exactly does the process work?  When reprogramming an engine computer, a scanner is attached to the diagnostic port in a car, which is typically inside the car, beneath the steering wheel.  Then, old programming is erased and replaced with the most up-to-date software provided by the auto manufacturer.  With progress comes responsibility.

To stay on track, call the A-Team for an appointment to have your car’s engine computer reprogrammed.  They are the auto repair and maintenance professionals at Able Auto Service.  You simply can’t do better for auto care in the Kansas City area.  Able Auto Service is located at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS.  Call for an appointment at (913) 321-1030.   

Father's Day at the Kansas City Zoo!

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Celebrate the king of your jungle with a relaxing day at the Kansas City Zoo!

 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mounting and Balancing Tires.

What does that really mean?  We hear the term all the time, but what does it mean to mount and balance?  It might be a little easier to understand if you were a gymnast!  The mounting part seems pretty simple, but the balancing is a bit more complicated.  And just like the proverbial chicken and the egg…you can’t have one without the other.

A wheel is considered to be in balance when the center of gravity is identical to the axis of rotation – in other words, when the mass of the wheel and the tire are evenly distributed around the axle, so there’s absolutely no vibration when the tire spins.  Our installers use special equipment to analyze the tires and wheels and find any heavy spots that could cause them to vibrate when spinning.

It is all about attention to detail.  That is why we hope you will trust us to provide not only the tires themselves, but the important parts of mounting and balancing as well.  We are the A-Team…a team of auto mechanics at Able Auto Service located at 837 Osage Ave in Kansas City, KS.  Make an appointment for tire mounting and balancing by calling (913) 321-1030.