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  • Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your KANSAS CITY Vehicle

    Tuesday 23 January 2018

    Imagine you've left KANSAS CITY and you're up in the arctic on a dog sled.Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground quickly. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side.That would slow you down. You would have to work harder to keep the sled going where you want it. The dogs are all working as hard as before, but you're covering less ground for the same effort.You're wasting kibble.The same is... read more

  • Water Pump

    Monday 15 January 2018

    Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your vehicle from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system: the radiator the radiator cap the hoses the thermostat the water pump The water pump's like the heart of your cooling system, circulating the fluid throughout your vehicle. It's a small pump that's driven by the engine; usually by belt, but sometimes by a chain or gear.The water pump only operates... read more

  • Stay Safe in KANSAS CITY by Putting Your Cell Phone on ICE

    Monday 08 January 2018

    We don't want to think about it, but each KANSAS CITY resident who drives or rides in a vehicle is potentially an accident victim. In the worst-case scenario, those people are unconscious and unable to communicate with MO rescue workers. Rescue workers and KANSAS CITY police are well aware of this difficulty, even if the rest of us don't stop to think about it. They can all recount stories of searching through glove compartments, pockets, wallets, purses and cell phone directories for a person's... read more

  • Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in KANSAS CITY

    Wednesday 03 January 2018

    Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to bring in the air an... read more

  • The Muffler Doctor Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

    Sunday 10 December 2017

    Welcome to the The Muffler Doctor automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet KANSAS CITY conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.That's called hydroplaning. If it's really bad, KANSAS CITY drivers can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the... read more

  • Diesel Maintenance for MO

    Tuesday 05 December 2017

    At The Muffler Doctor we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV's. But our MO friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. In fact, in some markets, there're nearly as many diesel powered passenger cars as there are gasoline.Here's who's announced or is expected to announce new diesels for Nor... read more

  • New School: Automotive The Muffler Doctor Technician Training

    Monday 27 November 2017

    KANSAS CITY consumers are demanding. We want a safe, reliable vehicle that handles well and is comfortable to ride in. Oh, and we want good fuel economy, too. We also want vehicle repairs that are cheap, fast and easy. Unfortunately, one usually comes at the cost of the other.Today's vehicles have made significant improvements in reliability and performance over the last few decades. They also deliver more power to KANSAS CITY drivers more efficiently than ever before. For example, some of... read more

  • Under Pressure in KANSAS CITY: TPMS

    Monday 20 November 2017

    Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in KANSAS CITY, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely underinflated.Why the n... read more

  • The Muffler Doctor: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

    Monday 13 November 2017

    Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on KANSAS CITY streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide?The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen c... read more

  • Suspension Service in KANSAS CITY at The Muffler Doctor

    Sunday 05 November 2017

    When they hear the word suspension, many drivers in KANSAS CITY may think back to those energetic days of grade school. Well, your vehicle's suspension is actually a good thing because it keeps your vehicle up off the road and helps provide a comfy ride around KANSAS CITY. Its job is to keep your wheels firmly planted over bumps and through curves. Your suspension system has many parts. If you look under your vehicle, it's basically everything that connects your wheels to the vehi... read more

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