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Saving Lives in Kansas City with Tire Pressure

All new passenger vehicles on our Kansas City, Missouri, roads now have tire pressure monitoring systems – TPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are underinflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about them.First off, the most important thing is that you still need to check your tire pressure every week – or at least every time you gas up. The TPMS system alert comes in when your tire is 20 percent below the factory recommendation. So if the recommended pressure is 34 pounds per square inch, the TPMS warning won't come on until the pressure is at 28 pounds. That's significantly underinflated, enough to raise safety concerns.The worst is tire failure. A severely underinflated tire can overheat and fail. Also, handling degrades to the point that you may not be able to steer out of trouble. Also underinflated tires wear out faster and they waste f ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Direct Fuel Injection Update from I - 70 Auto Service

For those of you in Kansas City, Missouri who pay attention to these things, you may have been hearing about the new direct injection engines and want to learn more about them. Some deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.For example, in one family of engines the conventional V6 makes about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version of the same engine makes over 300 horsepower and gets essentially the same fuel economy. The turbocharged version makes over 350 horsepower.So what are the differences from a conventional engine?The core difference is in the fuel injection system. The system most vehicles use now is called a port injection system. The fuel injector squirts fuel into a port just outside the cylinder where it's then drawn into the engine with the air.With a direct injection system, the injector squirts the fuel directly into the cylinder. The gain in power and economy come because fuel injected directly into the c ... read more

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Fuel System

The I - 70 Auto Service Guide to Tire Specs

You know you need newtires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the Kansas City service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind goes blank.Tire size can be confusing for many Kansas City drivers. There's so much on the side of the tire, and it's hard to keep straight.Even though there's a lot on a tire - if you know what it all means, it's actually more helpful than confusing for Kansas City tire shoppers. Let's start with the size number.For example, let's say a tire reads: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The 225 part is the width of the tire in millimeters - the width between the sidewalls of an inflated tire with no load. The 50 is the aspect ratio - the ratio of the sidewall height to the tread width. Off-road tires will have a higher number and ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

I - 70 Auto Service Fuel Saving Tip for Kansas City: Check Engine Light

Here's a question for Kansas City, Missouri : How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your Check Engine light? Hey, it's not there to create ambiance; it's a warning that something's wrong. (And, by the way, Homer Simpson's fix of covering it with tape is not a good idea.) Many conditions that trigger the Check Engine light can hurt your vehicle. A lot.If your date's eyes are smoldering in the soft glow of the Check Engine light, try to think of all the gas money you'll save by getting it fixed. Give I - 70 Auto Service a call when you are ready. I - 70 Auto Service3111 Stadium Dr.Kansas City, Missouri 64128816-921-0505http://www.i70autoservice.com

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Fuel System

Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

Modern vehicles in and around Kansas City run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for Kansas City drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks windows and sun roofs. And then us Missouri drivers have all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers and DVD players.We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos. Plus there are all the engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off.Fortunately, battery technology has given Kansas City drivers resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. But the fact is, batteries j ... read more

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Parts

Check Your Shocks and Struts at I - 70 Auto Service

  Today we're talking to Kansas City drivers about shocks and struts. They're so easy for Missouri folks to forget about because they last so long and wear out so slowly. But your shocks are really responsible for keeping your tires on the road – so they're very important.Without shocks, your wheels would be bouncing over bumps and lifting on corners. The shocks push the tire down to the road to maximize traction. Good shocks equal good ride quality and safe handling for Kansas City drivers. There's a difference between shocks and springs. Springs support the weight of the vehicle, keeping it suspended up off the axles. The shocks moderate the rebound motion as wheels hit bumps. Now a strut combines a shock and a coil spring in one compact unit. It's best to replace all four shocks at the same time. That way you'll have even, predictable handling at all four corners. Anything less could be dangerous. Visit I - 70 Auto Service to have ... read more

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Shocks & Struts

Keeping Your Kansas City Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter? A. A filter for your Kansas City house?B. A fresh, piney scent?C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it's C.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters out common Missouri air particles like dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, exhaust gas, odors and even sparrows.These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.Not all Kansas City vehicles have cabin air filters. They are fairly new on the scene in Missouri. Last check, about 40 percent of new vehicles sold in Kansas City come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year. Cabin air filters make driving a lot more pleasant for people in Kansas City. Your vehicle can be a haven during our Missouri allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. Of course, like all filters, th ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Maintaining Your Older Car in Kansas City, Missouri

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Kansas City, Missouri: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Kansas City motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the Kansas City area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in Missouri have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin'.Give I - 70 Auto Service a call at 816-921-0505 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn't mean it doesn't ... read more

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Maintenance

Charge It in Kansas City for Extended Battery Life

Here's an interesting statistic for our in Kansas City, Missouri, drivers: Only 30 percent of car batteries make it to 48 months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from 51 months in extremely cold areas to just 30 months in extremely hot climates.Why is that? It turns out that it's our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs and entertainment computers are keeping vehicle batteries from maintaining a full charge. The longer a battery goes with a low charge, the sooner it'll die.It's clear that you Kansas City drivers need to recharge your batteries. This is the job of the alternator. The problem comes when the car's demand for electricity is high and we are driving in stop and go conditions or short trips around Kansas City. The alternator just can't keep up.The result is shortened battery life. So what can we do to improve our battery's health?We need to keep the battery as close to a full ... read more

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Battery

Service Center Standard and Procedures

All Missouri pilots have checklists for every aspect of flying. They always use their checklists even if they only have two steps on them. They do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forget steps. It is also how they can assure a predictable outcome. That is why Kansas City automotive service centers including I - 70 Auto Service have procedural standards for each service they perform. I - 70 Auto Service technicians are trained step by step. And they perform the procedures step by step, the same way each time. By training to procedural standards, Missouri service centers can assure a quality outcome. The job is done right every time and Kansas City customers leave happy with how their vehicle performs. Each company trains its technicians to standards. The Missouri automotive industry as a whole is very committed to standards of excellence and encourages individual Missouri service center operators to apply them to every vehicle they serv ... read more