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  • How to Get Better Gas Mileage in KANSAS CITY

    Sunday 14 October 2018

    There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in KANSAS CITY can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get a new computer at our nearest KANSAS CITY computer store. But computer experts know that there are things you can do to delay the need for a new computer purchase. You can run utilit... read more

  • Ask The Muffler Doctor: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

    Sunday 07 October 2018

    The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so m... read more

  • Serpentine Belt Service at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY

    Sunday 30 September 2018

    If you've ever heard a squealing sound under your vehicle hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. More importantly, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that's used by your vehicle's electrical systems and also charges the battery. Without the alternator, the battery will go dead after a short distance.The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering (some are electric) and power brakes (some use vacuum boost).And, on most vehi... read more

  • Diagnosing Your Vehicle at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY

    Sunday 23 September 2018

    When we KANSAS CITY residents get a car repair bill, we really shouldn't be surprised to find “diagnostic fees” as one of the line items. When we get a computer fixed, there is usually a charge for the time it takes to diagnose the problem. When we go to a medical doctor, most of his fee is for his ability to diagnose what's wrong. It's no different with our vehicles.Some diagnoses are fairly simple. Brake repairs at The Muffler Doctor usually require only a visual inspection, for in... read more

  • Know Your Towing Limits in KANSAS CITY

    Sunday 16 September 2018

    Some KANSAS CITY drivers figure that anything they can attach to their trailer hitch can be towed by their vehicle. Nope. If you're going to do any towing around KANSAS CITY, you should be aware of safety issues, MO towing laws and potential liability.Understanding tow ratings is important for safe towing. A tow rating is the weight limit that your vehicle can safely tow. They calculate the tow rating for every vehicle, but different options on the vehicle can affect that rating. KANSAS CITY dri... read more

  • Relax When the Wind Blows in MO: Winter Car Prep for KANSAS CITY Drivers

    Sunday 09 September 2018

    When autumn comes around in KANSAS CITY, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for KANSAS CITY drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for KANSAS CITY drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the MO winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want yo... read more

  • Hey KANSAS CITY Drivers; What Is the Most Distracting Food?

    Sunday 02 September 2018

    So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around KANSAS CITY?Is it: A Hamburger; Coffee; A Soft Drink, or Gummy Bears? Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving. But if you chose 'coffee,' then give yourself an extra two points.  Coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in KANSAS CITY and around the country.Food distractions cause... read more

  • Coolant Service at The Muffler Doctor

    Sunday 26 August 2018

    KANSAS CITY residents' vehicles have to operate in a wide range of MO temperatures which requires the engine coolant to be able to perform 'no matter what.' Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive...And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect against corrosi... read more

  • Keep Your KANSAS CITY Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

    Sunday 19 August 2018

    Hey KANSAS CITY - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of... read more

  • The The Muffler Doctor Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

    Sunday 12 August 2018

    The team at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY, and MO car owners are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. KANSAS CITY drivers want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more people in KANSAS CITY can do? After all, some of us folks can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.Weight is one m... read more

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