Category Archives: I-70 Auto Service Blog

Fun Things To Do In Kansas City for Halloween

Halloween is almost here, which means it is time to start planning your little ones’ Halloween costume, break out the decorations, and figure out what you are going to do as the sun starts to set. The team at I-70 Auto Service has compiled a list of fun things to do in Kansas City for Halloween: Scare-It Halloween 2019 Thu, Oct 31, 5:30pm Kansas City Museum, Kansas City, MO Apex Halloween at Vaile Mansion Fri, Oct 25, 8:00pm Vaile Mansion, Independence, MO Starts at $63.54 The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show - Halloween Show! Sat, Oct 26, 6:00pm Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown, Kansas City, MO Starts at $64.95 Spooktacular Halloween Cookie Decorating For Kids! Sun, Oct 27, 1:00pm Lenexa Public Market, Lenexa, KS Starts at $25.00 Truck-or-Treat Sat, Oct 19, 12:00pm Independence Center, Independence, MO Free J.S.C.O & CoCo Key Trunk or Treat Thu, Oct 31, 5:00pm CoCo Key Water Resort - Kansas City, Kansas City, MO Free Teen Fright Night Fri, Oct 25, 6:00pm Ke ... read more

How To Navigate Having Young Drivers

Vehicular fatalities are the leading cause of death for teenagers. This statistic is startlingly. If you have a teen driver, you may find yourself starting to worry. However, the team at I-70 Auto Service is here to ease your worries. Here is how to navigate having young drivers out on the roads in Kansas City:  Have a heart to heart with your teen driver; explain to them the guidelines of driving a car and what it means to be a responsible driver.  Practice what you preach! Set a good example for your young drivers by displaying the behavior you want them to follow while driving.  Discuss a zero-tolerance drinking policy. We may think this goes without saying, but it is good to remind our young drivers of the risks.  Encourage good grades. Many insurance companies offer discounts for good grades, which can be especially important if your child is having to pitch in for the costs of driving a vehicle.  Talk about the importance of keeping a pristine drivin ... read more

Your Brake’s Cries for Help

Sometimes, your car can be trying to tell you something. If you are hearing an unusual noise, smelling a funky smell, or feeling something out of the ordinary when driving, it may be a sign that your vehicle needs a little extra TLC. When it comes to your vehicle’s brakes, you should never ignore the warning signs:  You notice that your brake light is flashing on your dashboard. Your brake light is on.  When you are driving, you either a squealing sound, grinding noise, or both. These sounds are usually indicators of metal against metal.  When you step on your brakes, you feel wobbling or vibration.  Your brakes are leaking fluid.  Your brakes feel spongy or soft when you use them.  You smell a burning noise while driving, which is a symptom of an overheated brake or clutch.  When driving, your car is pulling to one side of the road, which can indicate a damaged brake hose or caliper.  If you are pulling to one side of the road whil ... read more

Problems with Family Vehicles

At I-70 Auto Service, we do our best to ensure your vehicle is reliable, dependable, and practically invincible. However, without proper preventative maintenance, we see vehicles being brought into our shop, afflicted with the same problems. Here are the issues we commonly see on family cars that are driven locally:  Worn Brake Pads: Brakes wear down naturally over time, which is why preventative maintenance is a must, especially before you are faced with an expensive or dangerous problem.  Alignment: If your tires are wearing unevenly, or you feel a vibration in your steering wheel, you may need an alignment.  Radiator Leaks: Corrosion is usually the culprit if your coolant is leaking. A leaky radiator can lead to your vehicle overheating or even a fire within your engine.  Malfunctioning Sensors: Modern cars are equipped with an array of high-tech sensors, and even though they have tons of benefits, they also have their downfalls, like when they malfunction.&n ... read more

Brake Health: Warning Signs You Won’t Want To Miss

When it comes to the safety of you, your family, and your vehicle, your brakes are something you don’t want to mess with. Your brake system is practically synonymous with safety, so if you are experiencing any of these warning signs, contact the team of technicians at I-70 Auto Service in Kansas City right away.  If you can answer yes any of these questions, your brake’s health may be in jeopardy:  Has your brake light been flashing on your dashboard?  Do you hear squealing, squeaking, or grinding noises originating from your brakes?  When you brake, do you feel wobbling, vibrating, or scraping?  Are your brakes leaking any fluid?  When you step on the brakes, does the pedal feel spongy or soft?  Is your vehicle pulling to one side when braking?  Are you smelling something burning?  Does your vehicle bounce up and down when you stop short?  You don’t need to answer yes to all of these questions for it to mean ... read more

Fluid Checks Your Car Needs Now

The term “spring cleaning” doesn’t just apply to our homes, but it also can be applied to our cars. Winter has taken a toll on our vehicles, so with spring just around the corner; it is the perfect time to spring clean your car, starting with the fluids.  If you are unsure about the last time a technician examined your vehicle’s fluids, we encourage you contacting us today to set up an appointment, regardless of the season. Our technicians are here to help ensure you start spring off right. Here are six fluids ready for a little spring cleaning: Hands down, oil is your most vital fluid. There are various components in your engine that are spinning constantly and quickly, and your engine oil keeps everything running smoothly.  Coolant, as the name indicates, keeps your engine cool. Maintaining your coolant levels keep your vehicle from overheating.  Before power steering, when you turned your steering wheel, it would feel incredibly heavy. Howev ... read more

Up And At ‘Em: Best Ways To Improve Fuel Mileage

Happy New Year to our I-70 family! We hope that you are keeping yourselves safe and warm and that you had a lovely holiday season! This month, all of us are trying to cut back on expenses, so what better time to address fuel efficiency?! Did you know that there are lots of things that you, the driver, can do to improve fuel efficiency in your vehicle? Read on to find out… Be sure to close your gas cap tightly! It seems like a simple thing but trust us; it makes a big difference. Why? It keeps your gas in your tank, and it prevents it from evaporating! Make sure you look after your tires. When your tires are not correctly inflated, it drags the whole car down, which positively can affect fuel economy.  Lessen the lead-foot! We know, we know...you’re in a hurry. But if you can ease up on the gas pedal, you can get better miles to the gallon! Don’t overload your vehicle. Keep inside of it only what you need. Excessive weight loads also drag down your fuel effi ... read more

Best Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers

Got a car lover in your life? Here are some of I-70’s hot picks for seriously cool holiday gifts: For the neatnicks in your life who love to keep their cars spotless and copacetic, check out a car organizer like this one. They’ll be able to keep all their stuff organized, AND still keep it in their car! For the dapper people among you who like to keep it extra, consider these gear shifter cufflinks. They add charm and class to any ensemble.  For the audiophile who just loves to jam down the road listening to their favorite tunes, a gift card to a music playing service like Spotify, iTunes, or something else is an excellent choice.  Boost your car lover’s mood, help them relax or stay alert, all by giving them an essential oil diffuser! You can load up one of these with their favorite essential oil, like citrus or peppermint, and their car will smell good year round! These are just a few ideas meant to get your creative juices flowing. Have fun picking th ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Holiday Road Trips?

Here at I-70, we like to help you with all aspects of auto repair, not just the big ones. One of the ways we serve our community is by making sure your vehicle is ready to go on those long holiday road trips.  Here are some tips to get your car ready for holiday road trips:  Consider a car detailing  Get your car clean and tidy, and if you are pressed for time, consider getting the car detailed. Detailing can really pep up your ride, and everyone loves driving a clean car! Your car is a microcosm of your life and the interior keeps you safe and warm while you go places, so give it a little TLC. Keep Safe With Electronics Make sure you have a phone mount for your car. Consider downloading a navigation app like Waze so you can keep an eye on traffic. Don’t forget your chargers, and be aware that in many places you might not have signal.  Be Prepared Just in case you get stranded, make sure that you have necessities like a roadside assistance kit, blankets, s ... read more

Halloween Costumes for Your Car

October seems like as good a month as any to let loose and release your inner ghoulies! What better way to celebrate our favorite spooky holiday than by decorating your car for the occasion? Read on for some chillingly great car costume ideas!  Trick out your car to look like a mermaid cove!  Meow? Who doesn’t love a black cat?! We love this idea, especially good for black cars.  Looking to protect your ride from a nefarious passer-by and the ill-timed egg throw? Try a pumpkin car cover: How about a zany mouth full of candy?    For those of us still awaiting our owl from Hogwarts: Sweet surprises: For a car costume idea that’s high on whimsy, why not a gumball machine?  Whatever you cook up for your car this Halloween, remember to bring the car to I-70 for all auto repair and maintenance! We can’t wait to assist you. Have a safe, fun, and thrilling Halloween! To make sure you don't have any unexpected surprises during your ... read more

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