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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for North Kansas City Drivers

Knowing how their engine works can help North Kansas City drivers make informed decisions about car care and prevent expensive repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts. An engine’s power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let in fuel and air. The piston then rises, which compresses the fuel and air. At this point, the spark plug fires, igniting the fuel and pushing the piston down. This downstroke transfers energy to the engine, which provides the power it needs to run. The piston rises again, and a valve opens to release the exhaust. All of this movement is orchestrated by a timing belt. The timing belt is so named because it keeps the pistons and valves operating in synch wi ... read more

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Timing Belt

Put On The Brakes: Brake Service At Northtown Auto Clinic

When it comes to preventive maintenance and car care, most North Kansas City motorists know how essential it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order. The pads and shoes are known as the friction materials in the brake system. They push together, providing friction, which stops the vehicle. It’s no wonder they have to be checked regularly for wear, and that brake pads and shoes need to be replaced periodically. Brake pads/shoes gradually wear out, but that doesn’t mean your braking gradually becomes less effective. The pads are engineered so that they maintain good braking until they wear too thin to provide adequate friction. At this point, they need to be replaced. But your braking system also has mechanical parts. These pistons and springs can also gradually wear out or g ... read more

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Brakes

Below 45 Degrees in North Kansas City: Consider Winter Tires

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and North Kansas City drivers couldn’t wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. Missouri motorists ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever. Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the Kansas City area are much better designed for the wide range of dangerous conditions that come with Missouri winter weather. They are made with a rubber compound that helps them stay flexible in cold weather. Regular tires become hard and stiff at North Kansas City temperatures below 45°F, which reduces their traction. That’s a critical concern in winter, especially with snowy or wet North Kansas City conditions. But it also means that North Kansas City auto owners are better off with winter tires in cold weather even when it ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Emergency Items For Kansas City motorists

Safe Missouri travel starts with preventive maintenance and good car care at Northtown Auto Clinic. But there are other things North Kansas City car owners can do to prepare for emergencies on the road. Here’s some auto advice that can help you plan for emergencies, and just may save your life — or someone else’s. First, North Kansas City auto owners should consider keeping an auto emergency kit in their car. The kit should contain items that will allow you to deal with common emergencies on the road. Some essential items you should carry in your SUV include jumper cables (or a booster box), flares, a flashlight and some basic hand tools. Other useful items include gloves, two quarts of oil, some antifreeze, water and everything you need to change a tire. You might also consider a can of tire inflator, which is a great temporary fix for mino ... read more

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Safety