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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Road Trip: Be Ready for Anything With a Trip Inspection at Northtown Auto Clinic

Road trip, anyone? Nothing spoils a great vacation for us North Kansas City drivers then ending up stranded on the side of the road or spending a week in a rundown motel while our vehicle sits in the shop. Long days on the road can bring out the worst in your vehicle, so before you leave, prepare it for the journey by getting a diagnostic examination at Northtown Auto Clinic in North Kansas City. After all, you wouldn’t travel without clean socks, why ask your vehicle to travel with a load of detrimental dirty oil? The first step in a trip inspection at Northtown Auto Clinic is to look at your travel plans. What kinds of roads will you be driving on? Will you be in the Missouri backcountry or on the freeway? Will you be crossing mountains? Off-roading? What will the weather be like? How many miles away from North Kansas City will you be traveling? How much are you hauling? Will you be towing a trailer or lugging a rooftop carrier? Will you encounter dust, mud, sno ... read more

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Bouncy Bouncy ‐ Are My Shocks Bad?

When North Kansas City auto owners think about preventive maintenance, what usually comes to mind is oil, fluids and brakes. We don’t generally think about our shocks or struts, but these important auto parts keep our tires on the road. North Kansas City car owners don’t think about shocks as often as oil changes because shocks and struts last a long time and wear out slowly. They don’t need to be checked as often as our brake pads or air filters. By the time your shocks have fifty thousand miles on them, their performance will have noticeable degraded. If you want to restore the handling and ride designed for your SUV, examine replacing your shocks and struts. Of course, if you drive off-road around North Kansas City, carry heavy loads, tow a trailer, or put in a lot of mileage on poor driving surfaces, your shocks or struts will wear out more quickly. You’ll need to replace them more often or upgrade to better shocks ... read more

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