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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

4 Types of Car Filters and What They Do for You

4 Types of Car Filters and What They Do for You

4 Types of Car Filters and What They Do for You Air Filters: Cleans the Air Used by the Car Engine If you’ve seen an older car with its engine sputtering and puffing out black smoke, it could be due to a dirty air filter. Long before a newer car starts puffing smoke, the check engine light will come on because the air filter is past its prime.     Cabin Filters: Purifies the Air in the Vehicle Whether or not you’re using the air conditioner, the cabin air filter keeps dust, pollen, and other air pollutants out of the air you breathe while driving. The cabin air filter is part of the ventilation system. This rectangular screen keeps several things out of the air inside your car: Exhaust fumes Dirt Dust Pollen Bugs Leaves In addition, the cabin air filter prevents all this gunk from clogging up the vehicle’s AC system.   Oil Filters: Clean Lubrication That’s Critical for Engine Performance ... read more

We Love Classic Cars! Land Cruiser.

We Love Classic Cars! Land Cruiser.

Just another awesome classic car to share with you. This one is a 1962 Land Cruiser. 

Do you need new brakes?

Do you 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. Check out the info below from AAA, we are a AAA Approved Auto Repair Service. Know the five warning signs that it may be time for brake repair service. In each of the listed cases, AAA recommends taking the vehicle to a qualified auto repair shop for inspection and service. A professional inspection will help determine the extent of the needed repair, from brake pad installation to brake replacement. You apply the brakes and hear a high pitch or grinding noise. This is a strong indicator that the brakes have worn thin. You apply the brakes and feel a vibration. This indicates warped brake rotors. A professional inspection can help determine whether they should be resurfaced or replaced. The brake pedal feels differently – either low or spongy – and takes more effort to apply. This means there’s a potential pr ... read more

We Love Classic Cars!

We Love Classic Cars!

Many of us love classic cars. Maybe they are reminders of “the good ole days,” or what we perceive as better, less stressful times. Maybe we associate the classics with family trips to the beach, mountains, or just driving around with friends. Did you ever cruise around Main Street or a local drive-in restaurant?   We believe for all those reasons and more, we need to help keep the classics around and running well. You certainly don’t want to miss out on the looks and smiles you receive driving one of these old treasures. It is priceless.  You might be wondering what classifies a vehicle as a classic? For insurance and registration purposes, the age of a classic car, in most cases, is at least 20 years old but not more than 40 years old. We are proud to have worked on a few of the classics this past year, so they can keep running like new! We want to keep everyone smiling, and this year we needed some smiles

Seasonal Vehicle Maintenance

Seasonal Vehicle Maintenance

Car maintenance intervals don’t only tie-in to how many miles you drive in a given year — they’re also linked to the seasons. If you live in a part of the country where the difference between winter and summer driving is stark, then you might already be familiar with the regular rituals of tire swaps, fluid changes, and other seasonal car maintenance duties. But if seasonal changes are more subtle in your neck of the woods, you can still use this natural clock to help time your basic vehicle maintenance. In addition to checking tires and fluids, seasonal car maintenance also includes inspecting items on your vehicle that commonly wear out in order to see if they need to be replaced. Specifically, rubber or plastic components like wiper blades, engine belts, and battery cables are all worth taking a look at. If you see any cracks, discoloration, or signs of corrosion around the battery, these are solid indicators that the part should be replaced

My car has a bad odor when I turned on the heat.

My car has a bad odor when I turned on the heat.

You might need a new cabin filter!  Cabin Air Benefits A cabin air filter is an air purification filter, sometimes called a “micro cabin air filter” or “in-cabin microfilter,” designed to remove the microscopic dust, allergens, pollutants, and other particles that come into the passenger cabin of your vehicle through its air vents. In addition to making the air in the interior of your car unpleasant and unhealthy, a dirty cabin air filter, clogged with dirt, dust, smelly mold, and allergens, can also impact your defroster's performance heating, and AC. Need some help with your cabin filter? Our service advisors and technicians, at either of our Bret's Autoworks locations, Gardner and Olathe would be happy to help you! 

Seeing is Believing When it Comes to Road Safety

Seeing is Believing When it Comes to Road Safety

Maintain Vehicle Wipers, Lights, Mirrors for Safe Driving It's no secret that properly functioning vehicle lights, wipers and mirrors allow for better visibility while driving, yet these items are often forgotten or ignored when performing basic auto care, says the non-profit Car Care Council. "Making sure that you can see and be seen on the road is essential to avoiding motor vehicle accidents, yet many motorists overlook simple maintenance steps that can improve driving visibility," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "For example, community car care events held throughout the country reveal that nearly one in three vehicles inspected had insufficient wiper fluid. This simple auto care service can make a world of difference on the road."    Following a few auto care visibility tips can be illuminating, helping to ensure the safety of you, your passengers and other vehicles around you. Replace any exterior or interior light ... read more

‘Cone Zone’ Season Can Be Tough On Vehicles

‘Cone Zone’ Season Can Be Tough On Vehicles

Summer is the main season for “cone zones,” road construction where you will likely hit a bump or two, or come across loose stones and other hazards. These rough road conditions can be tough on a vehicle’s steering and suspension system and can throw out the alignment, while loose stones have the potential to damage the vehicle’s exterior or windshield, according to the non-profit Car Care Council.     “Even the most careful motorist, who is driving slowly and carefully through road construction, is bound to hit an unexpected bump or other road hazards,” said Nathan Perrine, executive director, Car Care Council. “Be sure to pay attention to your car and if you think there’s a problem, have it taken care of as soon as possible.” The main symptoms of steering and suspension or wheel alignment problems are uneven tire wear, pulling to one side, noise and vibration while cornering or loss of control. The council recommends ... read more

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