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Keep Your Kansas City Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey Kansas City - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in Missouri affects when your filter needs to be changed.Dusty conditions around Kansas City or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at I - 70 Auto Service can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.When you think about it, a clogged ... read more

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I - 70 Auto Service Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

I - 70 Auto Service Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the I - 70 Auto Service automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet Kansas City conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.That's called hydroplaning. If it's really bad, Kansas City drivers can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won't stop as fast. So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your vehicle tire and you'll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They're designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better.And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new I - 70 Auto Service tire has very deep channels and can easily move a lot ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Fuel Saving Tip: Car Weight and Your Missouri Driving

Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from Kansas City knows this makes sense.Some of us in the Kansas City area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I'm not talkin' what you see in the mirror.Guys: sports equipment and tools. Ladies: well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I think my car has about 45 pounds of french fries on the floor.All that extra weight wastes gas as you drive between here and there, and everywhere else.Lose the junk and save some money....And you really only need one of those spare tires. I - 70 Auto Service 3111 Stadium Dr. Kansas City, Missouri 64128 816-921-0505 http://www.i70autoservice.com

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Fuel System

Busting Automotive Myths in Kansas City, Missouri

Myths passed around our Kansas City, Missouri community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off. To get the truth about auto myths you hear around the Kansas City area, come over to I - 70 Auto Service. Let's examine a couple of the more popular rants and look at the truth behind them.The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that anyone who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan.The truth on which this myth is based is that many new vehicles come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some grease ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your Kansas City Vehicle

Imagine you've left Kansas City and you're up in the arctic on a dog sled.Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground quickly. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side.That would slow you down. You would have to work harder to keep the sled going where you want it. The dogs are all working as hard as before, but you're covering less ground for the same effort.You're wasting kibble.The same is true of your vehicle when the wheels are out of alignment. That wheel that's pulling to the side is dragging down the rest of the vehicle; so you push a little harder on the gas pedal to keep up your speed. You're wasting gas.So have your wheel alignment checked at least once a year. It is important to get it checked right away if you feel the vehicle pulling to one side.Sometimes we Kansas City residents bump a curb or hit a pothole and knock our wheels out of alignment. An accident can t ... read more

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Alignment

Tire Maintenance in Kansas City

With the recent focus in the Kansas City area on improving fuel economy, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.Kansas City drivers know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Underinflated tires will wear out more quickly.Some people in Kansas City wonder if they should add a few extra pounds of pressure when they fill up their tires. Bad idea. In fact, there are very good reasons not to overinflate your tires. For one, the middle of the tread will wear unevenly because the full tread is not contacting the road properly. That also adversely affects your handling. Stop by I - 70 Auto Service to see about tire maintenance for your vehicle. I - 70 Auto Service3111 Stadium Dr.Kansas City, Missouri 64128816-921-0505http://www.i70autoservice.com ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Coolant Service at I - 70 Auto Service

Kansas City residents' vehicles have to operate in a wide range of Missouri temperatures which requires the engine coolant to be able to perform 'no matter what.' Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive...And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect against corrosion for all of these different materials. That's why vehicle manufacturer’s recommend different types of anti-freeze for our Kansas City, Missouri, vehicles.There are several different 'families' of anti-freeze available to us here in Kansas City. Your owner's manual will tell you what kind you should use. Of course, the automotive professionals at I - 70 Auto Service will know the right kind for your vehicle.It's important to stay on top of this because coolant system failure i ... read more

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Cooling System

Tire Tread Depth for Kansas City, Missouri Drivers

Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out.The Feds don't have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider 2/32 of an inch to be the minimum legal tread depth. Two other states, including California, consider 1/32 to be the minimum and six states have no standards at all. Call us at I - 70 Auto Service; (just call 816-921-0505) to find out what your requirements are in the Kansas City, Missouri, area.Since 1968, U.S. law has required that a raised bar be molded across all tires. When tires are worn enough that this bar becomes visible, there's just 2/32 inch/1.6 mm of tread left. But does that older standard give Kansas City vehicles enough safety?Consider this: Consumer Reports recommends tire replacement when tread reaches 4/32 inch/3.2 mm. And the recommendation is backed by some very compelling studies. Now before we go into th ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Higher Mileage Service Intervals for Kansas City

Kansas City drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in the Kansas City area, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.Because new cars are more expensive, Kansas City residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. 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 going.Some owner's manuals don't outline service requirements and schedules at higher mileage. Of course, that doesn't mean it doesn't have to be done. In fact, it's more important than ever for Kansas City drivers to stay o ... read more

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Fuel System

How Your Check Engine Light Works

Have you ever had an experience like this in Kansas City, Missouri? You drive through the one of those automatic car washes. When you get to the end, where the dryer is blowing, your Check Engine light starts flashing!You fear the worst, but within a block or two, the light stops flashing, but stays on. By the next day, the light is off.You wonder; "What was going on?" Well, it's actually a good lesson in how the Check Engine light works.Your air intake system has a sensor that measures how much air is coming through it. When you went under the high-speed dryer, all that air was blasting past the sensor. Your engine computer was saying, there shouldn't be that much air when the engine is just idling. Something's wrong. Whatever's wrong could cause some serious engine damage.Warning, warning! It flashes the Check Engine light to alert you to take immediate action.It stopped flashing because once you were out from under the dryer, the airflow returned to normal. Now ... read more

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