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  • 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

  • The Muffler Doctor Fuel Saving Tip for KANSAS CITY: Check Engine Light

    Tuesday 07 August 2018

    Here's a question for KANSAS CITY, MO : How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your Check Engine light? Hey, it's not there to create ambiance; it's a warning that something's wrong. (And, by the way, Homer Simpson's fix of covering it with tape is not a good idea.) Many conditions that trigger the Check Engine light can hurt your vehicle. A lot.If your date's eyes are smoldering in the soft glow of the Check Engine light, try to think of all the gas mone... read more

  • Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

    Sunday 29 July 2018

    Modern vehicles in and around KANSAS CITY run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for KANSAS CITY drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks windows and sun roofs. And then us MO drivers have all the... read more

  • Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From The Muffler Doctor

    Tuesday 24 July 2018

    A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the MO news. KANSAS CITY people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of KANSAS CITY motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 k... read more

  • Make your Service Visit at The Muffler Doctor a Good One

    Monday 16 July 2018

    Most people don't love going to get their vehicle serviced, but it's one of those things you just have to do. So you might as well get the most of out of it. There are some steps you can take that will likely help you get the best results possible. For one thing, it's important to describe your problem (or problems) to the service advisor accurately and clearly. If your vehicle is making a noise, for example, take time to really listen to it and think of the best way to describe it. Does it incr... read more

  • Make your Service Visit at The Muffler Doctor a Good One

    Monday 16 July 2018

    Most people don't love going to get their vehicle serviced, but it's one of those things you just have to do. So you might as well get the most of out of it. There are some steps you can take that will likely help you get the best results possible. For one thing, it's important to describe your problem (or problems) to the service advisor accurately and clearly. If your vehicle is making a noise, for example, take time to really listen to it and think of the best way to describe it. Does it incr... read more

  • Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for KANSAS CITY Drivers

    Monday 09 July 2018

    Knowing how their engine works can help KANSAS CITY drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let in f... read more

  • The Maintenance Free Myth

    Monday 02 July 2018

    Sometimes we hear people in KANSAS CITY say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's vehicles are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most KANSAS CITY drivers don't realize how high tech automotive fluids have become,  fluids such as engine oi... read more

  • Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

    Tuesday 26 June 2018

    The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around KANSAS CITY.An old timing belt can lose a “tooth” in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing belt slips – or a broken timing belt – can be disastrous on some engines. In “interference” engines, open valves can get in the way of the piston when the... read more

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