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Ensuring Smooth Rides: The Importance of Regular Vehicle Maintenance with Bret's Autoworks

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's easy to overlook the regular maintenance needs of our vehicles. We often take for granted the smooth rides they provide us until a breakdown occurs, leaving us stranded on the side of the road. This is where the importance of regular vehicle maintenance comes into play, and there's no better partner for this task than the professional technicians at Bret's Autoworks. ### Why Regular Maintenance Matters Imagine your car as a finely tuned machine composed of intricate parts working together seamlessly to get you from point A to point B. Just like any machine, it requires care and attention to keep it running smoothly. Regular maintenance is the key to ensuring your vehicle remains reliable, safe, and efficient. Here are some compelling reasons why regular maintenance matters: 1. **Safety First**: Your and your passengers' safety should always be a top priority. Regular maintenance helps identify and address potential safety ... read more

Hot weather and your tires

Hot weather and your tires

Tires can wear faster in hot weather due to the following reasons: Rubber becomes softer. The rubber in tires becomes softer in hot weather, which makes it more susceptible to wear and tear. This is because the heat causes the rubber molecules to become more flexible and less resistant to deformation. Tires expand. As the rubber becomes softer, the tires also broaden. This can strain the tire walls and lead to premature wear. More friction. When tires rub against the road surface, there is more friction in hot weather. This is because the heat causes the road surface to become softer and stickier. The increased friction can also lead to premature wear. More frequent braking. Drivers brake more often in hot weather, which stresses the tires more. More debris on the road. Hot weather can cause more debris to accumulate on the road, such as leaves, gravel, and sand. This debr ... read more

High Temps in Gardner Kansas and your vehicle, what to do?

High Temps in Gardner Kansas and your vehicle, what to do?

High temperatures can have various effects on your vehicle, and it's crucial to take certain precautions to protect your car and ensure your safety during extreme heat. Here are some considerations for dealing with high temperatures and your vehicle: Engine Cooling: High temperatures can put extra stress on your car's engine and cooling system. Make sure your vehicle's cooling system is in good condition and check the coolant levels regularly. If the engine temperature gauge starts to rise above normal, pull over to a safe location, turn off the engine, and let it cool down before continuing. Battery Health: Heat can also affect your car's battery. Hot weather can lead to faster chemical reactions in the battery, which can cause it to degrade more quickly. Keep the battery and its terminals clean and free of corrosion, and if your battery is more than a few years old, consider having it tested to ensure it's in good working condition. Tire Pressure: High temperat ... read more

What Can I do to Protect My Car's AC in the Heat

What Can I do to Protect My Car's AC in the Heat

To protect your car's AC and optimize its performance in hot weather, you can follow these tips: Park in shaded areas: Whenever possible, park your car in shaded areas or use a sunshade to reduce the amount of heat entering your vehicle. This will help prevent excessive strain on the AC system when you start the car. Use a windshield sunshade: Placing a reflective sunshade on your windshield when parking can significantly reduce the temperature inside your car. This will make it easier for the AC system to cool down the interior when you start driving. Crack the windows: Before entering your car, crack the windows slightly to allow hot air to escape. This will help reduce the initial temperature inside the vehicle and ease the load on the AC when you start it. Ventilate the car before turning on the AC: Open all the windows and let the hot air escape for a few minutes before switching on the AC. This will help expel the built-up heat, allowing the AC to cool the interior more e ... read more

Keeping Your Vehicle Cool in the Summer

Keeping Your Vehicle Cool in the Summer

Keeping your car cool in hot weather is essential for your comfort and for maintaining the overall condition of your vehicle. Here are several tips to help you achieve that: Service your air conditioning system: Ensure your car's air conditioning system is in good working condition by servicing it regularly. Clean or replace the cabin air filter as recommended by the manufacturer. Use a sunshade or window visor: Place a sunshade or window visor on your windshield to block direct sunlight from entering your car. This will help reduce the interior temperature. Park in the shade: Park your car in a shaded area to minimize sun exposure. If there's no shade available, try to find a spot where your car will be in the shade during the hottest part of the day. Crack the windows: Leave your windows slightly open to allow hot air to escape and promote air circulation. However, ensure that the opening is small enough to prevent unauthorized access. Utilize car window tinting: Tinting ... read more

How to know when you need new brakes

How to know when you need new brakes

Your brakes are one of the most critical parts of your car, so it's essential to keep them in good working condition. But how can you tell when they need to be replaced? There are a few warning signs you can watch out for: 1. Your brake pedal feels spongy when you press it. 2. Your car takes longer than usual to stop. 3. You hear grinding or squealing noises when you brake. 4. Your brakes feel unresponsive. 5. Your car pulls to one side when you brake. If you notice any of these warning signs, it's time to take your car to a mechanic and have your brakes checked out. Don't wait until they fail - it could be too late

What is causing havoc with your alignment?

What is causing havoc with your alignment?

You don’t need us to tell you there is a lot of construction on the roads throughout the area. But did you know that driving on those bad roads can cause problems with your wheel alignment? Road hazards can prematurely knock your wheels out of alignment, causing the need to have the wheels realigned.   We are going to list the various road hazards below.Auto Accidents Things other than bad roads can also knock your wheels out of alignment. For example, your wheels and alignment may be affected if you get into an automobile accident. Even a minor incident can cause problems with your vehicle’s wheel alignment. Bumpy Roads Bumpy roads are a pain, aren’t they? Driving too fast on rough roads can knock your wheels out of alignment, unbalance them, and even damage your tires. Bumpy roads can also wreak havoc on your struts and shocks as they struggle to absorb the uneven pavem ... read more

Gas prices continue to rise, here are some tips so you can get the most out of your gas tank.

  Keep windows closed when traveling at highway speeds. Open windows cause aerodynamic drag. But, operating the air conditioner on the maximum level can reduce your mpg by 5% to 25%, compared to not using it. Also, try to park your car in the shade so you won't have to keep the AC working as hard. Properly inflated tires are safer, lasts longer, and improve your gas mileage by more than 3% per tire. Slow down! Although vehicles reach their optimal fuel economy at different speeds, gas mileage usually decreases over 60 mph.  Try to drive at a constant speed—both acceleration and deceleration waste fuel.  Use cruise control when possible. The car's cruise control system's minor, more precise adjustments will keep your speed constant and save you fuel. Wax your car and keep it clean. This will reduce aerodynamic drag, thus providing better mileage. A clean air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as10%. Perform routine maintenance

Do I need new brakes?

Do I need new brakes?

If your car's brakes are squeaking, squealing, or making ominous grinding noises when you apply the pedal, you might need new brake pads or rotors. Ditto if the brake pedal has more travel than usual before you feel much braking force, or if it just feels like your car requires longer distances to stop Sometimes, though, you may hear squeaks or squeals because the brakes are coated with moisture, light surface rust, dirt, or grime, particularly after the car has been sitting either overnight or for several hours. Those noises might go away after you apply the brake pedal a few times or more (and the brake pads have cleaned the offending substance off the rotors or drums). Noise can also be caused by a loose brake pad or caliper. If you hear a high-pitched scraping sound, that could be pad-wear indicators sounding the alarm that you’re late in getting your car’s brakes fixed. Because there are several possibilities, the best way to tell if you need brake work i ... read more

Cabin Air Filters

Cabin Air Filters

Do you suffer from spring allergies or breathing problems? Replace your cabin air filter, which will eventually become clogged with pollen, bacteria, and dust which then allows those contaminants into your car. Cabin Air Filters are also an important component in your vehicle's heating and cooling system.  If you don’t change your cabin air filter, the filter will become more clogged with dirt and debris and the efficiency of the filter and your car’s HVAC system will be compromised. The air volume into your passenger compartment will be continually reduced which will lead to the issue of foul odors inside your car. The simple act of changing your cabin air filter will dramatically improve the air quality in your vehicle. Give us a call at 913-764-8677 to schedule an appointment

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