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  • The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

    Sunday 25 November 2018

    Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our American Fork area shoe stores?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pair of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires?When you choose new tires in KANSAS CITY, what's the most important factor for you? Give us a call at The Muffler Doctor a... read more

  • Don't Stack the Mat

    Sunday 18 November 2018

    In the sloppy cold weather months, you might be tempted to pick up an all-weather mat and throw it on top of the mats you already have in your vehicle. After all, double protection is better, right? In this case, wrong. Here's why. It's important to keep the accelerator and brake pedals clear so they can function the way they are supposed to. Stacking mats in the driver's side footwell can make them sit up too high on the floor. That can, in turn, jam your accelerator pedal forward, causing your... read more

  • Don't Stack the Mat

    Sunday 18 November 2018

    In the sloppy cold weather months, you might be tempted to pick up an all-weather mat and throw it on top of the mats you already have in your vehicle. After all, double protection is better, right? In this case, wrong. Here's why. It's important to keep the accelerator and brake pedals clear so they can function the way they are supposed to. Stacking mats in the driver's side footwell can make them sit up too high on the floor. That can, in turn, jam your accelerator pedal forward, causing your... read more

  • The Muffler Doctor Automotive Tips: Alternator

    Sunday 11 November 2018

    Your alternator makes electricity to start and run your engine and all of the vital electrical systems in your vehicle. That’s everything from the on-board computers to the turn signals. And of course there is the entertainment system, seat heaters, power windows and everything you plug into the power outlets. After your alternator makes enough electricity to do all that, it recharges your battery with what’s left over.When KANSAS CITY drivers constantly have a low or dead batte... read more

  • Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at The Muffler Doctor?

    Sunday 04 November 2018

    Today's The Muffler Doctor article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many KANSAS CITY drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in MO who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete lack of awareness and the dire blanket statements lies a reasonable approach to severe service maintenance at The Muffler Doctor.To back up a little, vehicle owner's manuals have schedules for preventive maintenance: things... read more

  • All About Your TPMS in KANSAS CITY

    Sunday 28 October 2018

    KANSAS CITY drivers know that underinflated tires wear out more quickly. Underinflation is also a major cause of tire failure for MO auto owners. More flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances are all results of underinflated tires.It's hard for many KANSAS CITY drivers to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your owner’s manual recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your tire is considered significantly under-inflated at 26 pounds. The t... read more

  • Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

    Sunday 21 October 2018

    Bad air quality while you're driving around KANSAS CITY is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as three microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about... read more

  • How to Get Better Gas Mileage in KANSAS CITY

    Sunday 14 October 2018

    There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in KANSAS CITY can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get a new computer at our nearest KANSAS CITY computer store. But computer experts know that there are things you can do to delay the need for a new computer purchase. You can run utilit... read more

  • Ask The Muffler Doctor: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

    Sunday 07 October 2018

    The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so m... read more

  • Serpentine Belt Service at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY

    Sunday 30 September 2018

    If you've ever heard a squealing sound under your vehicle hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. More importantly, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that's used by your vehicle's electrical systems and also charges the battery. Without the alternator, the battery will go dead after a short distance.The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering (some are electric) and power brakes (some use vacuum boost).And, on most vehi... read more

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