Thursday, October 1, 2020

Get to Know EVAP.

Say what? What in the world is EVAP? In automobile parlance it is the closed system that captures fuel tank vapors and prevents them from escaping into the atmosphere. Here is the crazy part…when your engine light comes on because of a weakness or failure in this system, it is very likely you won't even notice the car driving any differently!

Here are some possible causes for getting an EVAP code –

1.  Often it is simply a loose fuel cap.

2.  There is a leak in the fuel tank.

3.  The hose has sprung a leak.

4.  The purge or vent valve could also be leaking.

At Able Auto Service we want you to be educated about your vehicle’s performance. You could even check point one listed above yourself. If you need emission system repair in the Kansas City area, count on the A-Team to provide fast, friendly, and fairly-priced answers ASAP! You’ll find us at and at 537 Osage Ave. Call ahead at (913) 321-1030.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Hello Tire…Hello Road.

Where the rubber meets the road. It is one of the most well-known slogans in the history of tires. What about all of the things that can (and probably will) happen to your treads BEFORE you actually get new ones? Things to consider such as rotation, inspection, balancing, plugging and even just patching.

If you are in our repair facility The A-Team will gladly do all of the above and more! They will even determine the correct size and kind of tire that best fits your needs for driving around the Kansas City area. We are not only your full-service mechanic, but your tire experts as well. Now, that is the kind of confidence you are looking for!

You know us better as Able Auto Service the mechanics you can trust located at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City, KS. You can always trust your Kansas City vehicle repairs to the A-Team. That is Able Auto Service. Drive in to our shop, or better yet, why not call ahead for your personal appointment at (913) 321-1030.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Driving Around in a Fog.

This is not about DUI’s or anything related to physically impaired driving. What may be throwing you a curve ball, is your vehicle’s windows that fog up at the drop of a hat. Indeed, poor vision from fogged up windows can make driving downright dangerous. And still we have all seen fellow drivers in cars that look like a sauna!

Fogging is caused by warm, humid air inside your car forming condensation on the cooler windows. It’s the reverse of the water droplets that form outside of an ice-cold can of drink on a warm, humid summer’s day. Modern cars are especially susceptible to fogging. The tightly sealed cabins that keep us free from noise and drafts can also trap unwanted moisture.

Clean glass reduces the amount of area where these tiny droplets thrive, meaning your car’s glass will take longer to steam up in the first place, and be quicker to clear once they fog up. Let us check your car’s heating and defrosting system as the seasons change. We are Able Auto Service of Kansas City…The A-Team serving the area’s automotive maintenance needs from our location at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS. Call (913) 321-1030.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Stay Cool…All the Way Down to your Treads.

Not threads…TREADS. The treads of your vehicle’s tires that is. As the Kansas City area struggles to retain its cool when heat takes its toll on people and electric bills, it also impacts car reliability and safety. By some accounts, tire blowouts are on the rise, creating dangers for travelers. But you can reduce this risk if you follow some simple maintenance tips.

Follow these simple steps –

  1. Check the inflation pressure…even the spare.
  2. Always have your car’s tires inflated to the recommended setting.
  3. Have a good tire gauge for the job.
  4. Examine them closely for punctures and deformities.

If you do all of that and your tires still are slowly flattening, then maybe it is time to consider replacing them at a quality auto mechanic shop such as Able Auto Service. That is the home of the A-Team of car repair professionals in the Kansas City area…yes, even for tires! They are located at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS. Call for an appointment (913) 321-1030.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

To Change or not to Change. That is the Question.

For years it has been a belief that a car’s oil needs to be changed automatically when the weather gets hotter. Motor oil is the lifeblood of your car. It must be allowed to flow freely over all the moving parts of your engine. Traditionally, the temperature of the oil changed how easily it flowed through the engine.

This particular property is known as viscosity. It is the physical measurement for how “thick” a liquid is. Motor oil in low temperatures could turn into something more like molasses, which could prevent it from properly coating the engine in a cold start. Conversely, as the heat rises, the oil becomes too thin. Motor oil uses the term weight to describe its viscosity

The good news is that motor oil has come a long way. You no longer really need to change your motor oil every season.  That’s the good news. The other (more important) news is that your car won’t run smoothly forever without maintenance. That is what the A-Team is for. They are the mechanics of Able Auto Service at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City KS. Call (913) 321-1030.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Exhausted? It’s Okay, We’re Here.

What makes one vehicle louder than another?  How are cars able to reduce emissions?  It’s all about the exhaust system.  The exhaust system works through several components that collect exhaust fumes from the engine cylinders and removes harmful substances while reducing noises and releasing those nasty exhaust gases away from your vehicle.

The exhaust system is made up of several different components that work together to reduce exhaust noise and provide a conduit for exhaust gases to exit the engine by exiting beneath the vehicle.  This pathway is used to keep harmful gases from entering the vehicle and making occupants sick…good idea, don’t you think?

When to repair or replace the exhaust system in your vehicle is one of a myriad of automotive repair services offered at Able Auto Service.  Yes, that is the home of the A-Team…it’s a group of mechanics that know Kansas City area cars and what makes them tick.  Visit Able Auto Service located at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City Kansas or call ahead (913) 321-1030.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Heat Can Make You Stall in your Tracks.

The same is true of your vehicle this summer on the roadways of Kansas City.  Is cold weather or hot weather worse for your car’s battery?  Experts say that the answer is summertime!  It's true that battery failures do occur in cold weather, but that's not usually what has caused the problem. The drain on the battery's resources most likely occurred during the summer's hot weather.

Here are some of the warning signs –

1.  How old is that old battery anyway?
2.  Frequent on/off cycles wear it down faster.
3.  Check the electric system periodically to make sure it is charging properly.
4.  Look for corrosion on the cables.

No one wants to be stranded on the road on a hot summer day!  Before that can occur, drive into Able Auto Service at 837 Osage Ave. in Kansas City Kansas.  The A-Team is standing by to get you on the road safely with a new battery.  Able Auto Service serves all your vehicle’s mechanical needs.  Call for an appointment (913) 321-1030.