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  • How Much is Enough for KANSAS CITY Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

    Sunday 17 February 2019

    Most KANSAS CITY drivers know that tires wear out and that the wear has to do with tread depth. Most of us have heard that “bald” tires are dangerous, but most of us picture a tire with no tread at all when we think of a bald tire. And when we take our vehicles in for preventive maintenance, the technician tells us they're need to be replaced long before all the tread is worn off. Just read more

  • Charge It in KANSAS CITY for Extended Battery Life

    Sunday 10 February 2019

    Here's an interesting statistic for our in KANSAS CITY, MO, drivers: Only 30 percent of car batteries make it to 48 months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from 51 months in extremely cold areas to just 30 months in extremely hot climates.Why is that? It turns out that it's our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs and entertainment computers are keeping vehicle batteries from maintaining a full c... read more

  • KANSAS CITY Tire Repair

    Sunday 03 February 2019

    Most KANSAS CITY residents have experienced a flat tire. You know it's inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn't just a big safety issue for KANSAS CITY drivers – it also has a financial impact. With high MO gas prices, we've all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to save on gas. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer.  There's another danger with... read more

  • Don't Be Fuelish

    Sunday 27 January 2019

    If you smell gasoline in your vehicle, pay attention to your nose. That's because it has an important message for you. Newer vehicles should never have a gasoline smell inside. One of the most dangerous conditions can come when your fuel line system has a leak or multiple leaks. Vehicles with fuel injectors are under pressure, meaning a crack or small hole in a fuel line can allow vaporized fuel to escape, sometimes around hot engine parts. Gasoline vapor and hot metal? You see the problem. One... read more

  • Don't Be Fuelish

    Sunday 27 January 2019

    If you smell gasoline in your vehicle, pay attention to your nose. That's because it has an important message for you. Newer vehicles should never have a gasoline smell inside. One of the most dangerous conditions can come when your fuel line system has a leak or multiple leaks. Vehicles with fuel injectors are under pressure, meaning a crack or small hole in a fuel line can allow vaporized fuel to escape, sometimes around hot engine parts. Gasoline vapor and hot metal? You see the problem. One... read more

  • The The Muffler Doctor Guide to Saving Fuel: Beware of Myths

    Sunday 20 January 2019

    There's a lot of auto advice in MO right now on how to save money on gas. Some of it is good advice. Some of it isn't. Some of it is myth. And it may well be a scam. Plain and simple. When someone offers you a product designed to save money on gas, ask yourself, “Does this sound too good to be true?” If the answer is yes, do more research.The internet offers us a convenient and quick way to research someone's claims about gas savings. KANSA... read more

  • Fuel System Cleaning at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY for Better Performance

    Sunday 13 January 2019

    A fuel injector is a valve that delivers fuel to a vehicle's engine. It has to deliver the precise amount of fuel to precisely the right place, precisely when the engine needs it. The fuel also has to be mixed with air before it can burn in the engine.Fuel injectors are engineered to spray fuel in a specific pattern into the engine. (The pattern varies by engine type and design.) In order to achieve these spray patterns, the fuel must be pressurized.The pressure in a fuel inject... read more

  • Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down Around KANSAS CITY

    Sunday 06 January 2019

    There's not much we can do about the price of gas in KANSAS CITY, MO, but we do quite a bit about how much we use as we're driving on our KANSAS CITY streets.Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy.The first thing we can do is watch the 'go-pedal.' Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don't need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year.Go a little slower on the freeway. Once you're going... read more

  • By the Numbers: Tire Replacement at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY

    Tuesday 01 January 2019

    Ever notice that your tire is covered with writing? It's like some hieroglyphic art form. Of course, KANSAS CITY drivers know that it's not just graffiti, but to most of us, it might as well be. Would you like to know what all those codes on your tire mean? It won't lead you to buried treasure, but it could help you make a better tire purchase at your local KANSAS CITY tire store.Prominently featured on your tire is a set of numbers and letters that looks something like this: 225 50 R 16 92 H. T... read more

  • Make Your Battery Last

    Sunday 30 December 2018

    Today's report from The Muffler Doctor is on vehicle batteries, why they die and what we can do to lengthen their life. Most of us have had a dead battery at one time or another. In fact, it would be very unusual if you hadn't. You may be surprised to learn that only 30 percent of KANSAS CITY vehicle batteries last for 48 months.Now that's an average. How long a battery lasts depends on many factors. You may not know that one of the biggest factors is the temperature where... read more

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