Kansas City Auto Repair

Yearly Archives: 2021

Must-Have Car Accessories that Everyone Needs

Must-Have Car Accessories that Everyone Needs

Your car is a long-term investment that will last you for many years. With such an expensive purchase, you should customize your vehicle to meet your needs best and express your personality. There is nothing better than enhancing your driving experience with nifty car gadgets and other accessories.    Car Mount This item is a must-have if you often use your navigation apps. It requires no installation and attaches to your phone with a strong magnet. You can conveniently view it by clipping one of these mounts to your air vent. Most of them are flexible, so you can view the screen from whatever angle you please.    Anti-Slip Grip Pad These silicone grip pads also do not require any installation. You simply place it on your dashboard, and you can throw your little essentials (sunglasses, keys, phone, wallet, etc.) on it without having to worry about it flying everywhere.   Bluetooth Key Finder If you are the forgetful type and find yourself searching for ... read more

Protect Your Car from Road Work and Potholes

Protect Your Car from Road Work and Potholes

It seems as though the summertime is upon us again! As more of us are leaving our houses, you may be noticing many streets and roads flooded with the familiar orange signs. Whether it’s detours, potholes, construction workers wandering about, or anything in between, it’s important to stay knowledgeable about what you might encounter. How does construction affect your car anyway?   Tires and Suspension Roads in construction areas are often left bumpy, affecting parts of your car that are already sensitive to damage - one of those areas includes your wheels. It is always a good idea to check that your tires are in good shape before going for a drive. A moderate leak can suddenly become a flat tire, especially if you hit a piece of machinery or debris. You should also regularly check that your tire suspension is intact. With misaligned tires, every bump in the road can throw your car’s balance and suspension off. If your tires are fighting to mai ... read more

Reasons Behind a Faulty Car Heater

Reasons Behind a Faulty Car Heater

Whenever we have a car issue, it can make us scratch our heads in frustration. There is good reason to do so, especially if you are not a mechanic. So, if your automobile's heater begins blowing out cold air in the middle of a freezing and unbearable winter, you will most certainly want to know why. Here are some reasons why the heater may be blowing cold on you. 1. Not Enough Coolant in the Engine During the summertime, the job of the coolant may be obvious--to keep the engine cool. In the winter months, though, it still has a job to do. The engine will bring the coolant through the heater core and it will then blow warm air into the cabin of the car. 2. There is a Problem with the Heater Core The job of the heater core is to mainly take the heated coolant and disperse it into the cabin. There are many other things a heater core does as well. The main function, though, is to keep the defrosting and heating going on in the vehicle. Here are signs the heater core is going in you ... read more

What is Brake Fade?

What is Brake Fade?

What is brake fade? In layman's terms, brake fade is when the brakes of a car suddenly decrease in performance. For instance, when you need to make an emergency stop and slam your brakes, only to see that your wheels do not slow the car down as much as you'd hoped. Of course, one of the biggest culprits in the breakdown of your vehicle's braking system is the tires. Tires worn too low are difficult to grip and control and often have to rely on the suspension system to slow the car down. This leads to brake problems with the shock absorbers, which then translate to misalignment, brake fade, and misalignment of the wheels. If the tires are worn too low, and you do not get your brake pads changed, you are headed for trouble. Additionally, brake fade can happen because of worn or old brakes, faulty brake pads, or faulty suspension systems. Regardless of the cause, damage to the rotors and/or pads is what causes the problem most of the time. Damage can also result from road de ... read more