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  • The Right Fluids for Your Vehicle

    Sunday 18 August 2019

    The current vehicles in the market have over a century of engineering behind them. They have evolved into complex and powerful machines. Developments in their engines, however, have coincided with advances in many other vehicle components, including the fluids.It's up to people in KANSAS CITY to always use the right type of fluid for their vehicle. Your service advisor and your owner's manual are resources for auto advice on exactly what types of... read more

  • The The Muffler Doctor Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

    Sunday 11 August 2019

    Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of KANSAS CITY drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in KANSAS CITY. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there's an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work you're doing.Lower gears for powe... read more

  • Change Your Engine Air Filter at The Muffler Doctor

    Sunday 04 August 2019

    Many KANSAS CITY car owners have probably wondered: "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass air flow sensor failure – and these babies can cost several hundred dollars to replace in KANS... read more

  • Battery Maintenance Tips From The Muffler Doctor

    Sunday 28 July 2019

    When it comes to your vehicle, it all starts with the battery. Proper battery maintenance is important for two reasons:First, your vehicle won't start or run without it. Second, it is the key to the long life of your auto electrical system. If your battery isn't working efficiently, your alternator has to work overtime to make up for it, and other electrical components can suffer as well.A number of years ago sealed batteries were introduced to the local KANSAS CITY, MO, market. They were hailed... read more

  • Should KANSAS CITY Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

    Sunday 21 July 2019

    So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at The Muffler Doctor tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around KANSAS CITY are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside MO temperatures are below f... read more

  • Looking Down the Road - Headlamps

    Sunday 14 July 2019

    If you've ever been driving around KANSAS CITY and had a headlamp go out, you've probably just wanted to replace the bad bulb. If your car uses halogen headlamps, they dim over time. So if you just put in one, they won't have the same brightness, which can be distracting and will affect your field of vision.To have your headlights inspected, visit us at The Muffler Doctor. We're at 7915 TROOST AVE in KANSAS CITY, MO 64131. Or give us a call at 816-444-7100.Exper... read more

  • Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: Making a Battery Last Longer

    Sunday 07 July 2019

    One thing all KANSAS CITY drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. The Muffler Doctor can help maintain your battery.Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very harmful to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that about 10 times before they are ruined.Also, making sure yo... read more

  • What KANSAS CITY Customers like About Us at The Muffler Doctor

    Sunday 30 June 2019

    A big part of the service we provide at The Muffler Doctor for our KANSAS CITY customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions from our valued KANSAS CITY area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our The Muffler Doctor automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask. We've found our KANSAS CITY customers like the service reminders. T... read more

  • 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

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