Without a doubt, having your automobile’s oil regularly changed is your first line of defense against any potential breakdown. At Smith Specialty Automotive in Olathe we like to think of an oil change as a ‘check up’ for your car – where all the important systems and items are checked. Getting your oil changed by one of Smith Specialty’s ASE certified technicians will ensure that in addition to receiving premium motor oil and a new filter, other key parts of your engine will also be inspected and remedied. Systems inspected include brakes, chassis and suspension. Belts and hoses are checked for cracks, wear, degradation, splits and tears. The air filter is checked. Fluids are checked and filled including brake, battery, power steering, window washer, and transmission fluid. We also check the condition of your wiper blades and check and fill tire pressure.

Each one of these checks is important and can go a long way in saving you money and avoiding preventable and possibly costly repairs down the road. Not only that, these simple inspections help to prevent you from experiencing major inconvenience and a possibly hefty towing expense. Getting your oil changed at Smith Specialty Automotive will give you peace of mind in knowing any repair that’s evident and avoidable is going to be spotted and brought to your attention. As a full service auto repair shop, we have the ability to repair anything you car may need – even auto body repair.
We include these inspections at no charge because your family is important to us. Of course, more often than not we need to do very little other than change the oil and fill fluids and tire pressure.


Signs that your vehicle needs brake repair include squeaking, roaring, hissing, and squealing when you press down the brake pedal. If you feel shaking, vibrations, or a pull when you press on the brake its important that you stop in to see us right away. The longer you wait the more likely that serious damage to your or your car can occur. Rotor and Drum damage often requires complete replacement, and the expense if often avoidable with early brake pad repair.


Tune ups are part of the regular maintenance your auto will need to function effectively. Having regular tune ups is important in maintaining the electrical and fuel systems in your car. This important service will extend the life of your engine and help your car achieve top performance. Tune ups help keep your engine and fuel system clean, which will go a long way toward helping your car achieve better gas mileage.

Here at Smith Specialty Automotive in Olathe we recommend you review your owners manual on when your vehicle should be brought in for routine service. Generally every 30,000 to 60,000 or every two years is an industry standard. Signs that you may need a tune up include stalling, rough sounding engine, and the service engine light.

The first step of a tune up begins with replacing the fuel filter. This may also include cleaning the fuel injection system if your auto is so equipped. Changing the spark plugs and possibly the wires is the next step. This depends on which type of spark plugs you have, as some cars have platinum spark plugs which do not need to be replaced as often and may need to be completely replaced at every other tune up.
If the wires are attached to the distributor cap it will need to be replaced also, and the rotor if your car has them. Newer cars may have distributor-less ignition and do not have a distributor or rotor. Next the points and condensor are changed in older models (typically manufactured before 1978). Ideally, points should be changed every six months. If your vehicle was manufactured after 1980 you won’t need the next step, which is to check and adjust the ignition timing.

If your car does not have hydraulic valves, then the regular valves are next to be adjusted in the tune up process. At this point the valve-cover gasket is inspected and should be replaced if there is evidence of oil on top of the engine.
Our ASE certified technicians will then check belts and replace if necessary, check and fill fluids, change the oil and filter (if it’s been more than 3000 miles since your last oil change,) and replace the air filter if necessary. We recommend changing the air filter every 15,000 miles. We will also service the battery, check the fluid level and clean terminals and cable ends. If your car has been running rough or stalling, it is likely the PCV valve needs to be replaced, so we will inspect it as well.

Lastly, our technicians will adjust the clutch if you drive a manual and don’t have a self-adjusting clutch.

Families in the Kansas City area choose Smith Specialty for our expertise and customer service. Call us with any questions you have about our necessary maintenance services and we’ll be happy to help.

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Smith Specialty has provided quality automotive service and repair in the Kansas City area for over 20 years. Our automotive repair technicians are Master certified technicians and provide the highest quality care and attention to your car.

Having been in business for over 20 years our customers are family and we take every opportunity to ensure that we keep every car we service running safely on the road. Whether you visit for a routine oil change or a major repair, your satisfaction is our priority. Give us a call at 913-393-0700 and let us know how we can help you.

Why Us

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  • All makes and models ASE certified
  • Serving Kansas City since 1997
  • All insurance claims welcome
I am always very satisfied with the service I receive at Smith Specialty. They really know their cars and don't try to push you to buy things you don't really need. They always answer all my questions thoroughly. Wonderful place.

Cari Carson

Between soccer/baseball practices for my kids, and picking them up from school, its run run run. I needed an oil change at 90,000 miles on my Explorer, so I called Smith Specialty upon recommendation of another mother. They gave me a 2 pm spot for the following day... And when they called at 4 pm and said my family hauler was ready, they told me they did a complimentary tire rotation as well! I was impressed to say the least! Thank you to all the staff and mechanics at Smith Specialty for making this mother's day a home run! Kristy S in Olathe, KS

Kristy S.

Fantastic crew, always willing to help! My car was a real pain to work with, but they were willing to do it. There were a couple issues after the service, but I'm not sure it was their fault (my car was a mess). Jordan and Bill were so willing to help and make sure the work was done completely. After bringing it in again, they made sure everything worked great, and they even followed up with me! Fantastic customer service. I think I found my new auto crew! Thanks again, guys.

Catherine Reusser

The guys at the shop are very personable. They were able to get my car looked at over the lunch hour and were completely honest and upfront on what NEEDED to be done with the car. They did a great job explaining what was wrong and what needed to be done as well as having a written estimate with the same explanation for me to look at. This helped when trying to understand what exactly was wrong so I could explain it to my significant other. This is the first time I’ve taken my vehicle here and it won’t be my last.

Jacob Tanking

We absolutely cant ask for a better auto mechanic shop!!! Smith Specialty treats you like family!!! Bill who schedules the serves is so friendly & kind! Jordan ALWAYS do an incredible job & I can say that my husband is VERY hard to please; expects perfection in Auto service! He is VERY VERY particular about ANYONE myself included handling his jeep. JORDAN at Smith Specialty is the only 1 he would trust to do any service on his jeep. Jordan is honest, trustworthy & services our cars as s though they were his own!THANK YOU for your excellent customer service! We would & have highly recommended Smith Specialty to many friends & family!

Sherry Price


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• BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating
• Bosch Authorized Service Center
• NAPA AutoCare Center including a 2 year/24,000 mile warranty

Smith Specialty

301 N Lindenwood Drive
Olathe, Kansas 66062


Mon - Fri: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: By Appointment