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  • Need a New Battery? Call The Muffler Doctor Today

    Sunday 23 June 2019

    Hello KANSAS CITY drivers! Need a new battery? There is a good chance that you do – 70% of batteries need to be replaced within four years. As your battery discharges and then recharges as you drive around KANSAS CITY, bits of the surface of the battery plates disintegrate. As this process continues over a few years, the alternator has to work harder to supplement the battery charge. Over time, enough of the battery is damaged that it can no longer hold a charge and it nee... read more

  • KANSAS CITY Drivers: Is It Time to Replace Your PCV Valve?

    Sunday 16 June 2019

    The crankcase is the lower part of the engine where the crankshaft is housed and where the engine oil lives. The crankshaft is connected to the pistons that power the engine. When you are diving around KANSAS CITY, fuel is burned in your vehicle engine, it pushes the pistons down and the crankshaft rotates and sends power to the transmission. Some of the explosive gases from combustion squeeze past the pistons and down into the crankcase.Now this gas is about 70% unburned fuel. If it were allowe... read more

  • What You Need to Know from Your The Muffler Doctor Service Advisor

    Sunday 09 June 2019

    KANSAS CITY drivers may feel intimidated when they take their vehicles to a service center. They have questions but aren't sure how to ask. They don't want to feel embarrassed about their lack of knowledge. They don't want to make the service technician feel that they don't trust him.If your service advisor at The Muffler Doctor uses a term you don't understand, just ask him to explain. Remember, they are the auto service experts. If they came to your place of work, they probably wouldn't unders... read more

  • Will Proper Auto Maintenance at The Muffler Doctor Really Save Gas?

    Sunday 02 June 2019

    Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly - like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we're also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But KANSAS CITY drivers don't always extend those good habits into the garage. Our vehicles need regular maintenance just like our rugs need vacuuming. We may not notice a difference in the feel or appearance of the vehicle, but just as cleaning a c... read more

  • Nighttime Visibility in KANSAS CITY

    Sunday 26 May 2019

    There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the KANSAS CITY area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let's focus on visibility…It's said that 90 percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. Nighttime driving has the effect of reducing 20/20 vision to the equivalent of 20/50 vision. What you could clearly see at 50 feet in daylight can't be seen until yo... read more

  • Air Conditioning Service in KANSAS CITY

    Sunday 19 May 2019

    Hey KANSAS CITY! Let's talk about one of our MO summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It's real easy for KANSAS CITY drivers to take their car's air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool. Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadicall... read more

  • Fuel Injection Keeps Getting Better for KANSAS CITY Motorists

    Sunday 12 May 2019

    KANSAS CITY residents know that engines burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine's cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with airand before it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is in... read more

  • The The Muffler Doctor Guide to Custom Wheels

    Sunday 05 May 2019

    If you're interested in customizing the wheels and tires on your vehicle, there are a few things you should know first.Most importantly, the wheels you buy need to fit your vehicle. Not all wheels are created equal. Too many KANSAS CITY drivers have bought a set of wheels that caught their eye, then, after going to the work of mounting them, have found that the wheels don't fit right and the tires rub against the vehicle when they turn or go over a bump.To ensure a&nbs... read more

  • Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: Serpentine Belt Overview

    Sunday 28 April 2019

    The technicians at The Muffler Doctor know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in KANSAS CITY have two serpentine belts. The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulle... read more

  • Let The Muffler Doctor Help You Extend the Life of Your Car

    Sunday 21 April 2019

    If you haven't shopped in the KANSAS CITY area for a new vehicle recently, you're likely to experience some sticker shock. It seems everything is costing more these days. And when you consider the price of auto financing in KANSAS CITY, and insurance, the idea of hanging on to your old vehicle for a few more years gets even more attractive.On the plus side, vehicles these days are engineered to last for 150,000 miles (250,000 km) or more. So why don't they? Usually it... read more

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