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Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.Today's production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume.Kansas City drivers can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system; however, they can't do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see I - 70 Auto Service in Kansas City. We have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at I - 70 Auto Service can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. You'll find I - 70 Auto Service at 3111 Stadium Dr. in Kansas City, Missouri 64128. Or just give us a call at 816-921-0505 to schedule an appointment. You'll enjoy more power ... read more

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Fuel System

Hey Kansas City Drivers; What Is the Most Distracting Food?

So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around Kansas City?Is it: A Hamburger; Coffee; A Soft Drink, or Gummy Bears? Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving. But if you chose 'coffee,' then give yourself an extra two points.  Coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in Kansas City and around the country.Food distractions cause 25 percent of all car accidents; over a million and a half each year!You'll notice that all of the top ten distracting food items are messy. Messy foods are the types of food you might spill (very distracting!), then try to clean up (a safe-driving impossibility!). If you gotta eat on the run, take five-then drive. You'll thank yourself later for two reasons: one, that you can actually relax for just a moment in our fast-paced world, and two, you won't have to worry about ... read more

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Maintenance

Fuel Saving Tip: Kansas City Tune Up

Have you ever gone to listen to an orchestra? The musicians take the stage early and tune their instruments. Each individual instrument must be in tune, but the critical thing is for the entire orchestra to be in tune with each other. That's why they tune up together.Now this is no surprise; I'm going to relate the orchestra to your vehicle. Your engine has many component systems that each need to be working properly. And the components need to be working in sync, all timed up together in order for the engine to work efficiently.We call this... (ta-da) a tune-up. When an orchestra's out of tune you get a bad concert. When your vehicle's out of tune you get bad performance and bad fuel economy.So check your owner's manual for recommended tune-up intervals. Or ask your Kansas City service advisor at I - 70 Auto Service what he thinks....Just be careful not to say you want to make beautiful music together – that kinda makes us uncomfortable. I ... read more

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Fuel System

Recommended Kansas City Service Intervals

Everyone in Kansas City, Missouri, knows we are advised to go to our Kansas City dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious Kansas City residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can't be seen with the naked eye. When our dentist is done, he/she tells us what was found – "Everything's fine, see you in six months." Or "You've got a small cavity starting, let's schedule an appointment to take care of it." By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary issues.This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big problems. And you avoid those huge bills.If Kansas City folks understand the wisdom of using this system for handling dental care, why do many resist when facing the same system for our vehicle maintenance? Following the vehicle manufacturer's recommended intervals can be con ... read more

Can Car Scent Keep You Safe on Missouri Roads?

Here's a travel tip that'll I'll bet you didn't know, and it might keep you safer...The average American commuter in Missouri spends two and a half hours daily in their vehicle.The government says 100,000 auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one traffic safety concern.)So what does this have to do with how your vehicle smells while you're driving around Kansas City?Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert? Is it: A. Strawberry B. New Car C. Pine D. Warm Vanilla Breeze It's C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the vehicle, according to AroMetrics.And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents.And you thought they just smelled nice. I - 70 Auto Service3111 Stadium Dr.Kansas City, Missouri 64128816-921-0505ht ... read more

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Automotive News

Economics of Maintenance for Kansas City Auto Owners

Buying a new car in Kansas City is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide?People in Kansas City who've been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty?For purposes of our discussion, let's assume you live right here in Kansas City and have a five year old vehicle. It's now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there'll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don't know what to expect. For help we turned to maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They're able to use manufacturer's  ... read more

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Maintenance

Keeping Your Engine Cool in Kansas City, Missouri

The cooling system keeps Missouri vehicle's engines from overheating while they are driving around Kansas City. Its job is to move heat away from the engine. Let's talk about the various components of the system and how they make this happen.The radiator is the part most Kansas City drivers associate with the cooling system. Coolant flows through the radiator which has fine cooling fins that draw the heat out of the coolant and dissipate it into the air. To make sure there's enough airflow over the radiator, a fan pulls air over the cooling fins even when the vehicle is idling.In some vehicles, the fan is powered by the serpentine belt. On others, an electric motor runs the fan. Electric fans turn on and off as needed. You may have heard the fan kick on shortly after you turn your vehicle off. The sensor has determined that the engine needs a little help cooling down to a safe temperature.A hose connects the radiator to the water pump ... read more

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Cooling System

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Why are wheel bearings for Kansas City vehicles important? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's I - 70 Auto Service post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very job while you drive around Kansas City, Missouri. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles (160,000)  or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds (1600 kilogram), each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds (400 kilograms). That's a lot of heavy lifting over those long distances.Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for Kansas City vehicles. The bearings are packed with heavy gre ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Deciphering the I - 70 Auto Service Menu Board

Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Kansas City, Missouri, service centers like I - 70 Auto Service have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service. Feel free at any time to give I - 70 Auto Service a call at 816-921-0505 to learn of the many services we offer, or stop by our Kansas City, Missouri auto center at 3111 Stadium Dr., 64128. First remember that all of these services are recommended by vehicle manufacturers. They set how often or at how many miles/kilometers the service should be done.Air conditioning service involves purging the old refrigerant and capturing it for proper disposal. Then fresh refrigerant is installed. The fresh refrigerant will lubricate the system and will a ... read more

Service Intervals for High Mileage Vehicles in Kansas City Missouri

Nowadays, everyone in Kansas City, Missouri is paying more at the gas pump. For some families in the greater Kansas City area, it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That’s got to come out of the budget somewhere. Throughout North America, people are putting off buying a new car. They plan on keeping their old vehicle for a year or two longer than before. Even now, 2/3 of the personal vehicles on our local Kansas City, Missouri roads have over 75,000 miles on them. The average age of vehicles is over nine years. And most people in Kansas City can’t afford to be stranded or inconvenienced by a break down. So following a regular maintenance schedule, like our personal diet and exercise plans, is actually critical to preserving your investment. Knowing what to do for a higher-mileage vehicle can be challenging because many owners’ manuals don’t publish service intervals after 60,000 miles. It just means that you need to be better at keeping records an ... read more