Welcome to O'Brien's Auto Repair!
Now two locations to better serve you!

4414 Douglas Ave. in Beaverdale
Call us at 515-276-7327 or
Request an appointment online

8305 Hickman Rd. in Urbandale
Call us at 515-276-0137 or
Request an appointment online

Summertime Is Travel Time. Are You Ready?

With gasoline prices more reasonable than we have seen them in a while record numbers of Americans will be hitting the road this summer.
According to a recent AAA survey, more than one-third of Americans (35 percent) are planning to take a family vacation of 50 miles or more away from home involving two or more immediate family members this summer season.
Before hitting the road this summer, you can take several simple precautions to keep your family safe and save money at the pump. Extreme heat and long drives can be tough on cars. Cracked hoses, worn belts, leaky radiators, weak batteries, underinflated tires and dirty filters can significantly over tax your engine and lower your fuel efficiency, or worse, lead to a total breakdown.­ Heat is as tough on a battery as extreme cold. Batteries rarely give any warning that they are going to fail. You turn the key and nothing happens. A good battery has a service life of about 5 years.
-  Tires are one of the most overlooked parts of a car. According the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) only one out of 10 drivers checks his or her tires correctly. The truth is that an under-inflated, over-inflated, worn down or misaligned tire can be extremely dangerous, particularly in hot summer weather.
-  Check your car's oil often. Oil is the lifeblood of your car. It keeps hard working engine parts running clean, smooth and cool. Check your owners manual for oil life and the specifics of the oil required for your car. Oil change specialists suggest changing your oil every 3,000 miles or three months. The fact is, most of us do a lot of heavy driving during the summer when an engine is more likely to overheat. So, at least check your oil and engine cooling system before you head out on that road trip with the family. If you do have to add some oil be sure to add the correct weight oil.
-  Air Conditioning is another area that requires attention. You haven’t used your A/C in a few months so you’ll want to make sure it’s operating properly and blowing nice and cool for that upcoming road trip.
We would be glad to help you stay safe on the road this summer. Call the helpful service advisers at O’Brien’s Auto Repair West with any questions or concerns and we will be there for you! 
Tom O’Brien