Yearly Archives: 2019

Warrantied Batteries at Bret's Autoworks!

Warrantied Batteries at Bret's Autoworks!

Batteries are a huge part of modern life. I mean, how many battery chargers do you have? Of course, our purpose here is to talk about your car battery. When people come into our service center and need a new battery, they're really not that happy about having to spend the money. But the fact is that 70% of batteries don't make it for 4 years. There are some things that you can do to extend the life of your battery. First, keep it clean. If you see it getting dirty or greasy, let us know and we can clean it off. A dirty battery runs hotter and that shortens its life. If your battery terminals are corroded, let us take a look at that too. We can clean them, and if the corrosion has gotten into the battery cables, we can replace them. Also running your battery way down is bad for it: Things, like running the headlights or watching a DVD player with the car turned off, can deeply deplete your battery. The typical battery can only take about 10 of those deep cycl ... read more

How Long Will My Brakes Last?

How Long Will My Brakes Last?

If you feel a slight shudder or vibration coming through your brake pedal when you stop, it could be a sign you need some brake work done. That gets you thinking how long will your brakes last!  Many factors determine how long your brakes will last. Do you drive on highways more than city roads? Do you love jackrabbit starts and squealing stops?  Do you drive in the mountains? Do you haul a trailer, boat, bulky items?  Do you have a hybrid or electric vehicle? You may have regenerative brakes that help your vehicle stop, and reduce wear and tear on the pads and rotors. Ask a Bret's Service Advisor for more details.  How long you brakes last depends on different things, and there's no hard and fast rule. But here are few signs you might need some brake work: You are pushing much harder on the brakes than you did before. Your brakes squeak, rattle, or grind Your vehicle is pulling to one side when you put on the brakes. Bret's Autow ... read more

What is all the Buzz about?

What is all the Buzz about?

You may all know Leo Murry as a great mechanic, business owner, awesome father, and husband, but did you know he is also a beekeeper? A few years ago, Leo’s son, Hudson, needed to write an essay for a school project. Hudson is homeschooled, and his mom is his teacher. Hudson thought beekeeping might be a fun subject to explore, so they headed to Bee Fun Days. His essay was entered into a contest, and it was so good, he won the prize! The prize was a Langstroth Hive, which was patented in 1952 by Pastor Langstroth. Hudson also won tools, a colony of 5,000 bees, and a queen bee! What started as his son’s school project has now become a passion for Leo and his wife, Sara. Because he is a beekeeper, Leo has been stung plenty of times, but he has not let the stings deter him. They have had four hives, and each hive has been considered a colony with up to 15,000 bees and a queen in each one. Every hive can generate up to 70 pounds of honey! That’s a lot of honey. Leo and S ... read more

Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving

When asked, most people think they are good at multi-tasking. Scientific studies, however, reveal that only around 2% of the population can truly demonstrate the capacity to effectively multi-task. For the rest of us who are not so biologically wired, no amount of practice can increase our effectiveness at multi-tasking. Turns out, multi-tasking is almost a superpower. Think of fighter pilots: capable of maintaining their orientation in three-dimensional space and performing specific and highly complicated functions while accessing life-threatening situations and coming up with an appropriate response. Admit it – you can’t do that. When it comes to driving, we seem to think we are very capable of safely operating a motor vehicle with a myriad of distractions. 77% of young adults feel somewhat confident that they can safely text and drive while 55% claim ... read more

Exhaust gas is poisonous!

Exhaust gas is poisonous!

We've all heard a car or truck in our Olathe and Gardner neighborhoods that needs a new muffler. But there's more to the exhaust system than just the muffler. Exhaust gas is poisonous. You don't want it getting into the passenger compartment. For example, carbon monoxide can be deadly. That's why you should never run your engine in a closed garage. If you have a leak in the exhaust system, exhaust could get into the passenger cabin and make you sick or even kill you. If you smell exhaust in the vehicle, roll down your windows and get it inspected. You may smell or see exhaust coming from the engine compartment or under the vehicle if you have a leak. Sometimes the sound from an exhaust leak is loud and obvious. Sometimes it's a ticking sound when you start the engine that goes away as you drive. That could be a small crack or a bad fitting that leaks when it's cold but seals up when the metal heats and expands. Now, let's address the environm ... read more

Driving on Technology

Driving on Technology

Think of how much technology has changed vehicles in the last several years. And there's a lot more coming. Many will remember when drivers were the ones who had complete control of several driving functions: steering, braking, and skid and accident prevention, just to name a few. Thanks to computers, high-tech systems in the vehicle now assist with many of these. Anti-lock brakes help the driver stop while avoiding uncontrolled skids, traction control helps reduce slippage, and stability control can minimize the chances of losing control. Backup cameras let drivers see what's directly behind them, things they could never see before. Sensors warn drivers if a vehicle is crossing in front of or behind them. Even more sensors and fish-eye cameras alert drivers when they're getting too close to something. And those are just a few of the advances. The quest for self-driving vehicles has produced features that are already making their way into today's cars, trucks, and SU ... read more

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Let’s Make One Thing Clear

Let’s Make One Thing Clear

When we drive, it's important for us to be able to see well. That means, of course, keeping the glass in our vehicles as crystal clear as we can. If you've ever driven your car directly into bright sunlight, you know dirty, scratched or fogged windows can render you almost completely blind. Not a good thing when you're moving down the road. And, it's important to be able to see your mirrors and other vehicles behind you. So, a little clarity here can go a long way. Let's take a look at how you can maximize your visibility: Clean windows with the right cleaner. Don't use cleaners that have ammonia or alcohol in them. Ammonia can cause the surfaces of your vehicle's interior to dry out and can damage some window tints. Special automotive glass cleaners are available, and your service advisor can make recommendations. Don't use abrasives on your windows. Some kitchen sponges have a pad on one side meant to clean pots and pans. Don't use those! That ... read more

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Check out how Forbes Magazine rated the Best and Worst Car Ads in the Super Bowl.

Check out how Forbes Magazine rated the Best and Worst Car Ads in the Super Bowl.

By David Kelly  What’s it like to produce a Super Bowl ad? I have been involved with the production of three ads and worked with several different clients and ad agency creative directors on the whole question of whether they should spend the money on the biggest TV audience of the year. The attitudes range from “We gotta go big,” to “let’s just try to have a solid ad as if it was any other time of the year,” to “I’m not paying that kind of money for a TV audience only to have my ad bashed by places like USA TodayAdvertising AgeAdweek and  ... read more

Recycling Tires

Recycling Tires

There are different grades of shredded tire product on the market. Tire shredders are pretty tough and durable and can also be adjusted  With good quality tire shredders, you simply have to put car and truck tires into the feeder and the tire shredders will do the rest right from sizing it, cleaning it up and creating the quality product that customers​ are looking for. Some tire shredders are designed to break the rubber to bits, as well as separating the rubber pieces from the smaller steel bits.  Making Concrete from Shredded Tires (Derived from Tire Shredders) The Rubber crumbs that are obtained from shredded tires with the help of tire shredder are incorporated to make Recycled rubber roads. Researchers have shown that the percentage of crack formation in rubberized concrete reduces by more than 90% as compared to normal concrete. The polymer fibers present in tire crumbs ameliorates the resilience of concrete and hence makes it long lasting ... read more

Airbags, your questions answered.

Airbags, your questions answered.

After they’ve had an accident, some people in Olathe and Gardner wonder why their airbags did not go off. Movies and television lead us to believe that airbags go off with the slightest bump. The reality is much more complicated. First, airbags come out with great force and speed. Now getting hit in the face with an airbag is way better than getting hit in the face with a windshield – but if the accident impact isn’t hard enough that you would be severely injured, the airbags may not be triggered at all because they could do more harm than good.   So how does your vehicle know when an accident is likely to result in life-threatening injuries that would merit deploying the airbags? Well, there are sensors all around your vehicle that send information to the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) computer that decides which airbags should be deployed and when. There are impact sensors that measure the direction and intensity of an impact in the front, rear and side ... read more

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