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Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We’re living in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term “built to last” goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They’re still a very big investment and we want to make them last as long as possible – and we want to make keeping them as cheap as possible. When talking cars, it’s all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, “a stitch in time saves nine” and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your car. A great example is coolant service. Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing – it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That’s why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule. The same is true for your power steering system, brake fluid, air condition ... read more

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Keep Your Kansas City Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

This is something really amazing: For every gallon of gas your Kansas City car burns, it uses 12,000 gallons of air. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean. That’s like a hundred gallons of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very 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 costly problems. Of course, your manufacturer recommends intervals for changing your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your car affects when your filter needs to be changed. Dusty conditions in and around Kansas City and Overland Park or polluted city driving means you’ll need to change your filter more often. Your Sallas Auto Repair technician 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 air filter won’t allow as ... read more

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Celebrate National Car Care Month with Spring Maintenance

Celebrate National Car Care Month with Spring Maintenance

April is National Car Care Month Have you thought about how you’ll maintain your vehicle this spring? If you haven’t, you’ll need to soon. A well-maintained vehicle lasts years longer than one that has been neglected. Your Car Care To Do List You can kick off the month by making car care part of your April To Do list. Here’s a few of the areas of maintenance that you’ll need to pay attention to: Check all fluids. You’ll want to make sure that you have enough oil, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid, and antifreeze/coolant for your car to operate optimally. Check hoses to make sure that none have come loose. This car care tip can keep you out of the auto shop and away from a costly repair. Check the brakes. You don’t want to be in an accident because your brakes failed you, right? This car care tip is one of the most important on ... read more

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Keep Your Heat “ON” With Heating System Maintenance

When winter weather hits, you really begin to understand why your car’s heating system is so important. But, having your heating system running at optimum performance is beneficial all year round and can save you from an unexpected repair. The health of your car heating system is vital. Without a properly running heating system, not only will the temperature inside your car suffer but your engine will eventually call it quits. How it Works Your heating system functions by using excess heat from the internal combustion. Because the internal combustion produces so much heat, if not used by your heater, it would kill the engine. The heating system also works as a cooling system. Hoses transfer coolant from the engine to the heater core. The engine and heater core then work in a cycle to keep your car from over-heating. Maintenance Heating system maintenance will keep your car running longer and prevent ov ... read more

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Keep Your Headlights Shining Like New

Over time sunlight, harsh chemicals, road debris, smog, and other hazards can leave plastic headlights looking yellow, dull, cloudy, and hazy. Not only does this look bad, it greatly reduces the effectiveness of your headlights and creates hazardous driving conditions at night…not to mention reducing the value of your car. Sallas Auto Repair can restore your headlights WITHOUT replacing them. A headlight replacement can range in price from $300-$500. A headlight service only costs $89. Call us today to schedule an appointment

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Headlights