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  • Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

    Sunday 22 April 2018

    The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. KANSAS CITY drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at The Muffler Doctor to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper... read more

  • Fuel Saving Tip: Auto Myths Around KANSAS CITY

    Monday 16 April 2018

    With high fuel prices in KANSAS CITY, MO, comes lots of gas saving advice. Some of it, like what you hear on   is great.  When you get one of those e-mails that's going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through.Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics?Do some research on the internet or ask your KANSAS CITY, MO, service advisor at The Muffler Doctor.There aren't any magic pills you can drop in your gas tank, and the government hasn... read more

  • Odometer Rollback on Your KANSAS CITY, MO Vehicle

    Wednesday 11 April 2018

    How do KANSAS CITY drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect MO consumers against mileage fraud. It says a MO seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in KANSAS CITY, MO, stop by The Muffler Doctor: The Muffler Doctor 7915 TROOST AVE KANSAS CITY, MO 64131   If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanic... read more

  • Below 45 Degrees in KANSAS CITY: Consider Winter Tires

    Sunday 01 April 2018

    Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and KANSAS CITY drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. MO drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever.Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the KANSAS CITY area are much better designed for the wide r... read more

  • Coolant/Antifreeze Service at The Muffler Doctor

    Sunday 25 March 2018

    Anyone who drives a car in KANSAS CITY knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engine! Good vehicle care requires keeping its cooling system in good condition.A vehicle's cooling system circulates water and antifreeze (coolant... read more

  • Trip Inspection at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY

    Tuesday 20 March 2018

    KANSAS CITY area drivers love their vehicles. And one of the most enjoyable things about them is taking a road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it's great! But there's nothing like vehicle trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.Now KANSAS CITY drivers can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. The first step is to look at your trip plan from your vehi... read more

  • Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: Tire Replacement Overview

    Monday 12 March 2018

    Tires are an expensive purchase, so knowing when tires should be replaced is important for KANSAS CITY drivers. Tires will just wear out with normal use. The depth of the tread on your tire determines how well it will stop, start and steer – especially in wet conditions. 4/32th of an inch (3.2 mm) of tire tread is considered a safe amount of tread.Uneven tread wear can be a symptom of other problems, and simply replacing your tires will not prevent the same uneven wear from happe... read more

  • Wheel Balancing at The Muffler Doctor

    Sunday 04 March 2018

    So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? KANSAS CITY drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on MO roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at The Muffler Doctor, it is usually not perf... read more

  • Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

    Monday 26 February 2018

    Oil changes are probably the most recognized service on a vehicle. Almost all KANSAS CITY residents know about them. But do we know enough?Several decades ago, oil changes were fairly standard: every three months or 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But recent advances in both engine technology and oil quality have led to longer oil change intervals.Delayed or skipped oil changes are a problem for KANSAS CITY residents because they lead to the build-up of oil sludge in your engine. Oil sludg... read more

  • Timing Belt

    Monday 19 February 2018

    Ever heard the sad tale of a staggeringly steep repair bill from a broken timing belt? Bad news. Let's take a lesson from their woes and remember to think about our timing belt.First, let's review what a timing belt does. The top part of the engine over the cylinders is called the cylinder head. The head contains the valves. There's at least one valve that lets the fresh air into the cylinder. This air, mixed with fuel, burns to create power. Then another valve or two will open to allow the... read more

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