Kansas City Auto Repair

Yearly Archives: 2022

What Is a Transfer Case?

What Is a Transfer Case?

If you own a vehicle with an AWD/4x4 system, you’ve probably heard of the transfer case before. The easiest way to explain what a transfer case is that it transfers the power from the engine and through the transmission to the vehicle’s axles in the rear and front shafts. It allows all four of your wheels to perform wonderfully, especially in offroading conditions. All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles have gained popularity over the last decade or two. In fact, over half of the vehicles on the road today have these capabilities. If you want to take care of your investment, the transfer case should go unmissed. The maintenance required is normally a gear oil or transmission fluid. Since this liquid is exposed to high pressures and temperatures constantly, the fluid loses its effectiveness over time. When this happens, it is important to change or flush the fluid to prevent a breakdown. Another form of maintenance that the transfer case requires is general inspectio ... read more

Why Did My Steering Wheel Lock Up?

Why Did My Steering Wheel Lock Up?

One of the scariest situations a driver can encounter is a locked up steering wheel. While this problem is less likely to occur in newer cards, it can still happen to anyone. A hard steering wheel can be due to various problems associated with the power steering system, suspension, or even ignition.    Here are some problems that can cause your steering wheel to lock up: Power steering system issue: The power steering pump is one major component of the system that can get stuck or jammed with debris over time. Another possible explanation why your wheel seized up is due to a power steering fluid leak (if you have a hydraulic system). Either way, these problems are very difficult to deal with so please bring your vehicle to I-70 Auto Service for repairs. Steering rack or suspension issue: In rare instances, a failure in your vehicle’s suspension, or in the steering rack or column, will cause your steering wheel to stiffen up. Faulty ignition: An ignition system can ... read more

April Is National Spring Car Care Month

April Is National Spring Car Care Month

Did you know that April is National Car Care Month? This month, we encourage you all to kick-start your car's spring preventative maintenance routine, especially if you slacked off during the winter. A little refresh can make a world of difference and extend the life of your vehicle. If you have plans to drive far and wide these upcoming months, you should consider getting some maintenance beforehand.   The Ultimate Spring Maintenance ChecklistReplace your oil and filter. An oil change is the most effective way to keep your engine operating smoothly throughout the spring and summer. Always remember to follow your automaker's guidelines for fluid changes. Check your fluid levels. When changing the oil and filter, our technicians will gladly check your other fluid levels. These include your brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, etc. Swap out your wiper blades. If your wiper blades ar ... read more

Should I Self-Diagnose a Check Engine Light?

 Should I Self-Diagnose a Check Engine Light?

Check engine lights can be daunting, especially if you're the average driver with little-to-no automotive knowledge. If this yellow light comes on your dash, you might question whether you should go to the auto repair shop at all. Today, we will answer the question: should you self-diagnose a check engine light?   While some individuals can do it at home, with the help of the internet, you can still have it wrong. The information can be overwhelming, and sometimes you don't know where to look. That is why we recommend taking your car to our Kansas City auto repair shop for check engine light diagnostics. Our facility has top-of-the-line diagnostic and scan tools to ensure the process is accurate and convenient. Also, our technicians are ASE-certified, and they have plenty of knowledge and expertise in reading trouble codes.   5 Common Problems That Can Trigger the Check Engine Light  Below are some of the potential problems we can find that could've caus ... read more

Diesel or Gas: Which Is For Me?

Diesel or Gas: Which Is For Me?

If you're in the market for a new truck, one question you are probably lingering on is diesel or gas. Both have their pros and cons, but they are dependent on the driver's preference. The type of truck most suited for you will depend on your budget and how you want to use the vehicle. The two main differentiators between the two engine types are cost and power. Cost It's no secret diesel-powered trucks cost more than gas-powered trucks. According to Forbes, the difference on average is approximately $5K. Though the initial costs of a diesel vehicle are higher, the maintenance costs are drastically different. It only costs slightly more because diesel engines are less common, requiring specialized skills. However, the additional cost may be justifiable for many diesel drivers because diesel engines last longer than gasoline. Furthermore, they hold a higher resale value.  Power While hauling heavy items can certainly be done with a gasoline-powered truck, a diesel ma ... read more

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