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Make Your Battery Last

Today's report from I - 70 Auto Service is on vehicle batteries, why they die and what we can do to lengthen their life. Most of us have had a dead battery at one time or another. In fact, it would be very unusual if you hadn't. You may be surprised to learn that only 30 percent of Kansas City vehicle batteries last for 48 months.Now that's an average. How long a battery lasts depends on many factors. You may not know that one of the biggest factors is the temperature where you live and drive around in Missouri. You might suppose that cold weather was harder on batteries because it takes more power to crank a cold engine, but the opposite is actually true. For more information on your battery, please visit us:I - 70 Auto Service3111 Stadium Dr.Kansas City, Missouri 64128816-921-0505 Batteries in very cold climates have a life expectancy of 51 months as opposed to 30 months in very warm climates. The reason is simple: batteries are ... read more

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All About Your TPMS in Kansas City

Kansas City drivers know that underinflated tires wear out more quickly. Underinflation is also a major cause of tire failure for Missouri auto owners. More flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances are all results of underinflated tires.It's hard for many Kansas City drivers to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your owner’s manual recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your tire is considered significantly under-inflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.Uncle Sam to the rescue! A recent U.S. federal law required vehicle manufacturer’s to include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System - or TPMS system - in all vehicles. Many Canadian vehicles have them as well.  The system is a dashboard mounted warning light that goes off if one or more of the tires falls 25% below its pressure recommendations.Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for Kansas City car ow ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

I - 70 Auto Service and the Maintenance Mindset

When it comes to their vehicles, some Kansas Cityresidents don't have amaintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. Kansas City drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance but just may not have applied it to their vehicles.Here's something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil change, your friendly and knowledgeable I - 70 Auto Service service advisor will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason. If your serpentine belt is cracked, he'll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – they've got you covered. And at I - 70 Auto Service, we check to see if your vehicle ... read more

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Maintenance

Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at Kansas City car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of Kansas City, Missouri, folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer.Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacturing, there's no reason a modern vehicle can't be made to last for a 150,000 miles (250,000 kilometers) or more for smart Kansas City drivers.The old adage: 'a stitch in time saves nine' is really true for Kansas City residents when it comes to car maintenance. A great example is coolant service.Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. Smart Kansas City drivers have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule at I - 70 Auto Service.Ditto for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. Of course, oil changes should be done right on schedule to ... read more

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Maintenance

Which Item Is Most Stolen from Vehicles in Kansas City?

  Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in Kansas City?Is it: Stereo Wheels Air Bag DVD System Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in Missouri – approximately 50,000 a year are stolen across the country. New airbags cost about $1,000, but go for $50 to $200 on the black market in Missouri.Stolen airbags are making their way back into cars that have been in an accident. Of course, the danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work right when you need them. Contact us at I - 70 Auto Service for more information about where to get your airbags checked or replaced.Find us at 3111 Stadium Dr., Kansas City, Missouri 64128You can reach us by phone at: 816-921-0505 There are reports that 1 in 25 airbag replacem ... read more

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Tracking True in Missouri: Wheel Alignment in Kansas City

The biggest issue for Kansas City area drivers is always safety. When your vehicle wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you're vehicle is out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at I - 70 Auto Service in Kansas City. When undergoing an alignment service at I - 70 Auto Service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are checked for damage. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the factory settings.Precision adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels going in exactly the same direction.Kansas City drivers should be aware of the signs of alignment problems. These include the car pulling to one side. Also, the steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you see the edges of one or more tires ... read more

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Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at I - 70 Auto Service

These days many people in the Kansas City area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that's where you start.Go through the maintenance schedule for your vehicle and see what's been done and when. Have your Kansas City service advisor at I - 70 Auto Service do an inspection and come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done. Review the list and prioritize the work, talk about budget and make a plan to get caught up.Making a plan is so important. Suppose you go in for an oil change and learn you need your cooling system serviced, a transmission service and are coming up on a timing belt replacement in the n ... read more

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Maintenance

Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in Kansas City, Missouri

Every car in Kansas City, Missouri, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sense Visible and audible devices Immobilizing devices Tracking devices Let's review each of these. One is common sense; you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in Missouri where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it's against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.And don't leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. Kansas City drivers would be wise to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park near ... read more

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Custom Wheels and Tires for Your Kansas City Ride

  It seems like everywhere you go in the Kansas City area you see custom wheels. Big trucks, little cars, mini-vans - it doesn't matter - are expressing themselves with custom wheels. Some Missouri auto owners want smaller tires and wheels - some want larger - and some want them enormous. So where do you start if you want new wheels? At I - 70 Auto Service, we suggest you start with your budget. We know, that sounds so practical. But if the look you're after goes beyond just new tires and wheels and enters into the world of suspension modifications, you need to be prepared for the additional cost.Let's start with something easy - you want to give your ride a unique look and the stock wheel size is just right for you. One of the concerns you will have is that the new wheels have the same offset as your vehicle factory wheels.Your tire and wheel professional at I - 70 Auto Service in Kansas City can help you find the right size wheel or install adapters to make your new wh ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Brake Service at I - 70 Auto Service in Kansas City

Brakes really aren't optional equipment for Kansas City drivers' vehicles. And taking care of them isn't optional either.A regular brake inspection is on every Missouri driver's vehicle maintenance schedule. At I - 70 Auto Service, our team will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into your Kansas City service center right away. And watch out for these problems: Low or spongy brake pedal Hard brake pedal A brake warning light that stays on Constantly squealing or grinding brakes Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that's attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle.There are several things that need to be serv ... read more

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Brakes