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
SUMMER TRAVEL TIME!!
Summertime is travel time. Even with gasoline prices at an all-time high, Americans can't resist the lure of sunny skies
and the open road. According to a survey by AAA, 31.7 million Americans planned to travel by car over Memorial Day
weekend 20013, despite gas prices that are an average of $.60 more per gallon over the previous year .
Before hitting the road this summer, you can take several simple precautions to keep your family safe and save money at
Extreme heat and long drives can be tough on cars. Cracked hoses, leaky radiators, weak batteries, underinflated tires and
dirty filters can significantly lower your fuel efficiency, or worse, lead to a total breakdown. Heat is as tough on a battery as
- Check your battery. A seemingly good battery can expose its weakness quickly in summer temperatures.
There is nothing worse than a car that won’t start suddenly in in extreme heat. If your battery is
more than 4 years old it may not quite be up to the task of starting your vehicle in the hot months ahead.
A battery rarely gives an indication that it is going bad. Typically, you'll be in the mall parkling lot
on a hot Sunday evening and when you turn the ignitian key, nothing happens. Do you know how many
cold cranking amps (CCA) your cars battery is designed to produce? You should have your battery tested
to ensure that you won’t get stranded somewhere this summer season.
You can always stop by OBrien's Auto Repair and load test your battery for FREE!
- Check your belts & hoses. Worn, cracked belts and old hoses will suddenly go "boom" in hot weather.
Checking them is easy, replacing them is inexpensive.
- Check your coolant mixture. Ensure your engine cooling system is up to the summer driving task .Stop by OBrien's and we’ll check it for free!
- Get a new set of wiper blades. Don’t skimp on these, get the best branded blade you can
buy, and make surre your washer fluid resivor is full and the mixture is correct for summer conditions.
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, compared with almost seven out of 10 who wash their cars regularly.
But 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 hardworking engine parts running clean, smooth and cool. Some new car owner's
manuals suggest that you change your oil and oil filter every 7,500 miles (12,070 kilometers). Oil change specialists suggest
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 before you head out on that road trip with the family.
If you haven't driven your car very much during the winter, or if you've had it in storage, then you need to check all of the fluid
levels -- coolant, transmission, differential, power steering and brake fluid -- to make sure there weren't any leaks. You'll also
want to change the oil, since oil gets thick and collects condensation if it sits in the engine all winter. If you haven't used your
battery in a while, you might need a recharge or a replacement.