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 ... read more

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 importan ... read more

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 o ... read more

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

How to improve headlight performance

There are many methods to add or raise the perception of increased headlight performance that both illegal and legal. Speaking with an automotive professional about which methods will be legally acceptable for your purposes is very important. If you would like more about how to improve the performance of your lights read over the tips below on high performance headlights. How to improve headlight performance You can decrease the voltage drop to the bulbs. Through bypassing the fixed wiring with relays the voltage to the headlight can raise, offering better performance from the bulb. Normally standard wiring is correspondingly thin and a one volt drop is normal to the bulbs. If replaced with efficient capacity cable and relays the voltage drop can be decreased. A ten percent drop in voltage is equivalent to thirty-three percent drop in the light results. Using compliant improvement bulbs is a best method of upgrading the headlight performance. When making a purchase ... read more

Why Do It Yourself Headlight Restoration Doesn’t Work

It is obvious that a car which is being used regularly will be worn out at a faster rate. Many people will tend to concentrate on the exterior condition of the car, for example the fading of the car color or any dents and dings. With this in mind, they forget pertinent issues like headlight restoration. It is good to note that headlight restoration will not only improve the appearance of your car but also increase the degree of your safety when driving the car. Why Do It Yourself Headlight Restoration Doesn’t Work Headlight restoration can prove to be a very tricky phenomenon if not done by an expert. Although many people will think that restoration of headlights is a task they can do by themselves to save money, the truth of the matter is that this issue is a very delicate affair. You should always consult an automotive expert whenever such an issue needs attention. It is true you can restore the headlights yourself but the question is, are you able to do it profess ... read more

Fuel Injectors

The last new car sold with a carburetor in North America rolled out of the dealership in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much gas to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute. Fuel injection is a much more precise way of delivering fuel than carburetors. That translates into better fuel economy and power. Virtually all fuel injectors for gas engines are known as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. Port fuel injectors operate at about 40 to 80 pounds per square inch of pressure. A few auto makers have introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines recently. These systems inject the gas directly into the cylinders under very high pressure – hundreds of times the pressure of port injection syste ... read more

Sallas Auto Repair Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

People in Kansas City often ask the question: “Will using premium gas make my car run better?” The answer is simple. But first, let’s talk about what exactly premium gasoline is. Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around Kansas City & Overland Park also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences. Engines require different octane ratings because of design differences. For example, turbocharged engines usually require premium gas. There’s a sticker on your gas tank filler lid that tells you the minimum octane rating yourmanufacturer ... read more

Introduction to Diesels for Kansas City MO

Something you’re going to be hearing a lot about around Kansas City, MO is diesel engines. We’re not talking about semi-trucks and buses – We’re talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs. Most people in Kansas City, MO are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import auto manufacturers offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines haven’t been available in Kansas City, MO. But that’s about to change. In the past, North American diesel fuel has had a much higher sulfur content than European fuel. Recent environmental laws have required changes in diesel formulation and emissions standards here in Kansas City, MO so we are now ready to start seeing more diesel options offered over the next few years. Why are so many interested in ... read more

Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine In Kansas City MO

If the fuel system in your sedan is dirty, you will be wasting gas and losing performance as you drive around Kansas City MO. Unless you drive a vintage car, you have fuel injectors. They need to be properly maintained. That is why your owner’s manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system. Your service technician at Sallas Auto Repair has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Sallas Auto Repair uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently. After a professional fuel system cleaning, you’ll notice more power, better gas mileage and reduced exhaust emissions. AutoNetTV strongly recommends you follow your manufacturer’s fuel system cleaning service recommendations to ... read more

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