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What To Do When Your Car Overheats

What To Do When Your Car Overheats

You may not be thinking of your car overheating as the weather begins to cool but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. Taking steps to understand what can cause it and what to do about it can prevent a real hassle just when you need it least. Most people think thermostat first when they hear overheated engine. And that can be the cause but not always. Other causes of overheating: Leaky head gasket Cooling system leaks Faulty fan Leaky water pump Slipping belt Lower radiator collapse Plugged or dirty radiator Dragging brakes Overworking the engine What to do if your car does overheat: If you’re stuck in traffic turn your heater up full blast to help move heat away from your engine. Find a safe place to park on the side of the road. Turn off the engine. Open the hood. If you can approach the engine check the coolant level at the reservoir. Do not open the radiator cap, it’s unde ... read more

Ready to buy a new car? 3 Steps to Take First

Ready to buy a new car? 3 Steps to Take First

Are you ready to make an investment in a new car? If it is time to add a car to your collection (or to purchase your first), there are a few critical steps to take before you even step into a car for a test drive. Rushing into the car buying process can leave you with a less than satisfactory purchase, and it is more likely that you don’t get the best deal. However, when you choose to buy a new car and you carefully plan your purchase, you will select the best model and find the financing situation that fits your needs. You’ll also feel more confident in your choice to buy a new car. At Sallas, we love helping people learn about their cars. Clients ask us about their new cars everyday. We’d like to help our Kansas City community make the best purchases every time they start searching for a new car. That’s why we’ve gathered a few tips for starting off the car-buying process. Kansas City, check out the f ... read more

Getting The Car Ready To Hit The Road

Getting The Car Ready To Hit The Road

Summer is officially here and the road trip, that age-old family torture tradition, is on your horizon. It’s bad enough to endure endless, “Are we there yet? Bobby’s touching me! I have to pee again! Nevermind,” without having to suffer some sort of automotive catastrophe. Planning your dream trip to the Grand Canyon will go soooo much smoother if you take the time to prepare your car for the ride. Getting there is half the fun but only if you actually get there. Call Sallas Auto Repair at least a week or so before your planned launch just to make sure your Country Squire is up to the task. Have us check the following: Air conditioning system. Don’t just assume that when you’re deep in the Arizona desert that it will work. In fact assume that it won’t, and have it checked out. Sure it’s a dry heat but so is a ... read more

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Road trips

Kansas City Summer Road Construction

Summer’s quickly approaching! As you head out with the family to baseball or soccer games, the Zoo and your favorite parks, avoid traffic by knowing which roads will be under construction in Kansas City this summer. Kansas City Road Construction This Summer According to MoDOT and KSDOT, the following Kansas City roads will have construction into June and beyond. Plan your Trip with the Kansas City Scout Before you head out to drive around the Kansas City Metro, or even across the state(s), check out Kansas City Scout first. They provide great links and information so you can prepare for, and plan, your trip. Check out Kansas City Scout. Driving with Caution through Road Construction If you do get caught driving through construction areas, it’s important to slow down and drive carefully. If your car is under stress in the midst of a construction zone (yes, cars get stressed in construction traffic), watch out for overheating. If your car does begin to overheat, turn on yo ... read more

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Cooling System

Four Summer Car Myths Debunked

Four Summer Car Myths Debunked

The dog days of a Kansas City summer have been especially brutal this year. Triple digit temps came early and stayed and coupled with a lack of rain and we’re already contemplating fall. When should you fill up your car? But summer’s not over yet and we’re still hearing some of the myths of summer driving. So before you head off into that summer sunset let’s chat about a few of them and debunk four once and for all. Did you uncle (or grandpa) ever tell you that you don’t need anti-freeze in the summer? That water is just fine? Well, technically he’s not wrong except that he’s not right. Huh? Water will cool your engine but you’re not getting the critical anti-corrosion and anti-wear additives that come with antifreeze. We recommend a 50/50 mix of water to antifreeze all year round. So you can tell your granddad that he’s half-right. When I was in college and driving my 1979 Datsun B-210 I would occa ... read more

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Cooling System