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Breathe Free in KANSAS CITY: Cabin Air Filter Replacement at The Muffler Doctor

There are a lot of new features, both optional and standard, on KANSAS CITY drivers' vehicles these days. One you may not have heard of is called a cabin air filter. Simply put, its job is to keep the air in the passenger compartment of your car nice and clean.A cabin air filter is similar to the filter you use on your furnace at home in KANSAS CITY. Cabin air filters can catch particles down to three microns. By comparison, a grain of sand is 200 microns. So cabin air filters are effective against dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores and most pollutants in our KANSAS CITY area atmosphere. Good news if you suffer from any types of allergies, or if you live in an area in MO prone to air pollution.Cabin air filters are generally located in the engine compartment or under the dashboard. They can be tricky to access and replace, so you'll probably want to go to your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at The Muffler D ... read more

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Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at The Muffler Doctor when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most KANSAS CITY drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.Your The Muffler Doctor service advisor can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for MO drivers because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner. The Muffler Doctor7915 TROOST AVEKANSAS CITY, MO 64131816-444-7100http://www.mdautorepairkc.com  

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Road Trip: Be Ready for Anything with a Trip Inspection at The Muffler Doctor

Road trip, anyone? Nothing spoils a great vacation faster than ending up stranded on the side of the road or spending a week in a rundown motel while our vehicle sits in the shop. Long days on the road can bring out the worst in your vehicle, so before you leave, prepare it for the journey by getting a trip inspection at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY. After all, you wouldn't travel without clean socks, why ask your vehicle to travel with a load of dirty oil?The first step in a trip inspection at The Muffler Doctor is to look at your travel plans. What kinds of roads will you be driving on? Will you be in the MO back country or on the freeway? Will you be crossing mountains? Off-roading? What will the weather be like? How far away from KANSAS CITY will you be traveling? How much are you hauling? Will you be towing a trailer or lugging a rooftop carrier? Will you encounter dust, mud, snow or sea salt? All of these questions can help determine which services are most needed ... read more

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Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

Good brakes are obviously very important. If you've ever had your brakes go out while you're driving around the KANSAS CITY area, you'll know how terrifying it can be. Today we'll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem and how to make good repair choices. Often, the first indication that something's wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chatter or grinding sound. Some brake pads have a little piece of metal embedded in them that will make a squeal or chirping sound when the brake pads have been worn down to the point that they need to be replaced. It's an early warning indicator. When you hear that sound, schedule an appointment at The Muffler Doctor soon. Now a chattering sound is more urgent. That usually indicates that something is loose. It could be a brake pad or even the brake calipers. If one of those parts falls off, you could have some serious trouble stopping the vehicle. It would be a ... read more

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Fall and Spring Inspection at The Muffler Doctor

Good vehicle care for us KANSAS CITY residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required different weights of oil for summer and winter. But today's engines can run on the same oil all year. Both the engines and the oils have been improved.Antifreeze—or coolant as it's also called—protects the engine from both freezing and hot temperatures and thus is required by the engine year-round. Modern coolants don't have to be changed as often as they did in the past, but your owner's manual has a recommendation for when it should be replaced to extend cooling system life.Getting a spring and fall checkup at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY for your vehicle is still good auto advice.First of all, there is a lot of preventive auto maintenance involved ... read more

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