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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

Road Trip Playlists

Planning a road trip anytime soon? If your answer is yes, then a road trip playlist should be on your to-do list, along with an inspection performed by the technicians at I-70 Auto Service in Kansas City. You can focus on putting together a playlist while the rest of our team can make sure your vehicle is ready to embark on your adventure.  Here are some songs for your road trip playlist:  “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2 “Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd “Truckin’” by Grateful Dead “Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads “Graceland” by Paul Simon “Take It Easy” by the Eagles “America” by Simon and Garfunkel Download on Amazon “Route 66” by Chuck Berry “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros “Going Up the ... 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

Getting your Vehicle Ready for Winter

  It’s beginning to look a lot like...Christmas? Kids are back in school, and the retailers have hauled out the wreaths! Sadly, summer is behind us, fall is ahead...and winter is coming. What steps should we take to prepare our vehicles for winter? Read on to find out... Clean it out. Bid “adieu” to your old soda cans and bottles. Make sure that you’ve gotten rid of all those receipts. Sprucing up your car will make you feel ready for winter! Consider a new air freshener, and give the whole vehicle a vacuum. Stock it with winter supplies. Add extra bottled water, extra coolant, extra oil, and extra blankets to your car. Make sure you have flares or a bright light. Check to make sure that you have a tire replacement kit well in order. Having these supplies on hand can help keep you safe in case your car stalls! Check the tires. Worn treads? Bad alignment? Low air pressure? No matter what, we can help you make sure your tires are ready for winter. Snow? S ... read more

It’s A Win! What To Expect When Bringing Your Car to I-70

Here at I-70, nothing makes us happier than happy customers! We bust our buns on the daily to make sure our customers not only get their cars fixed but also that they leave feeling like they’ve gotten the very best service money can buy! And we do this for all customers.  We were able to get this traveling family back on the road quickly and safely: “While traveling from Colorado to Illinois we had car trouble. I-70 Auto Service bent over backwards to work us into their busy schedule. They got us back onto the road in a matter of hours. Thank you guys!”-- Tom C. Another new and happy customer who needed that special I-70 touch for his Ford: “I was looking for a reputable shop to service my F350 turbo-diesel. All of the positive  reviews led me to I-70 Auto Service, and rightfully so. I had a variety of unrelated issues all of which were addressed and fixed. Tyler was communicative and up-front about pricing (there was a lot of work) the work was do ... read more

How to Beat The Heat in Your Vehicle This Summer - Creative Vehicle Awnings and Tents

Summer is here, and BOY is it hot! To help you beat the heat on your summer camping trips or just for a good ol’ BBQ in the back 40, here are our hot takes for the coolest vehicle awnings and tents! ​ For just a basic awning to put over your truck or vehicle, we like this from Tepui. At $265, this baby will keep your bros and beers alike cool, while not breaking the bank!   For just a basic changing station on the lake between fishing excursions, there’s this car or truck awning from FrontRunner Outfitters! This folds up easily and can stow in small spaces.   For the true outdoor enthusiast, here’s a serious level unlock on car camping! Tepui makes this cool little tent, which comes complete with a lovely ... read more

Want To Get Away? 5 Great Road Trip Getaways

Happy Summer! Do you like road trips? We sure do! Kansas City is within striking distance of some truly sweet destinations! Read on to find our favorites. Ultimate Taco Trail: Better fuel up ahead of your trip. Nothing beats a good taco, and Kansas City boats a number of fine eateries! Check out Kansas City Taco Market in Rivermarket, where they specialize in off-the-wall taco flavors. Then, head on over Mission Taco, which features family-style serving! If you’re still hungry, end your day at El Fagon. Delicious!   Shawnee Mission Park Waterfall: This breathtaking spot boasts plenty of well-maintained trails good for hours of exploration. If you are there during the summer, then be prepared for the deafening power of the waterfall. Other times of the year, it may be mostly frozen. Consider taking a camera and visiting every season, to photograph the changes!   Maple Woods Natural Area: Need a walk, but don’t want to take all day? This is a 1-mile loop that i ... read more

Top Things To Know About MINI Repair at I-70 Auto Service in Kansas City, MO

The MINI. Small, fierce, independent, responsible, and cute. The descriptors that come up for MINIs range widely. Whatever you may think when you see these little wonders, no one can deny their efficiency nor their unique style. The equipment necessary to work on MINIs properly is difficult to come by, and often very expensive when you can find it. At I-70 Auto Service we have already invested in all the ISTA tools from the MINI factory that are necessary to provide your MINI with any of the repairs it could need. Some of the most common repairs that MINIs need are clutch or transmission failure. Both of these are expensive repairs if they come up. It's better to try and prevent them from going in for maintenance checks even more often than most mechanics would recommend, just to be safe. Since MINIs have timing chains (metal, clunky parts that keep all the parts inside the engine running in sync) rather than timing belts (a study rubber version of chains), some noise is inevitab ... read more

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