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The The Muffler Doctor Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

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 power on hills or for starting out. Higher gears for more speed. That's what the automatic transmission does – it automatically starts in lower gears and shifts up to higher gears to go faster on MO roads. And it automatically shifts back down to climb KANSAS CITY hills, pass or start up again.Vehicle automatic transmissions have certainly gotten more sophisticated in recent years. They have more speeds than before: the base is four speeds, five is very common. At The Muffler ... read more

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Change Your Engine Air Filter at The Muffler Doctor

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 KANSAS CITY.Change your vehicle air filter at The Muffler Doctor when it's dirty. Your vehicle engine will thank you.Give us a call. The Muffler Doctor7915 TROOST AVEKANSAS CITY, MO 64131816-444-7100http://www.mdautorepairkc.com    

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Battery Maintenance Tips From The Muffler Doctor

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 as being 'maintenance-free batteries.' While it is true that you can't get in and adjust the electrolyte levels of a sealed battery, it is by no means maintenance free.Batteries are very sensitive to changes in the weather around MO. Temperature really affects auto battery performance. A battery inspection is an important part of your spring and fall checkups. Next time you're under your hood, take a look at your battery. Is it clean and free of residue? A dirty battery will drain. Is there co ... read more

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Should KANSAS CITY Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

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 freezing.3. You don't do a lot of MO freeway driving, so you drive at low speeds most of the time.4. You drive in an area with a lot of pollution, dust, dirt, mud or slush.5. You frequently tow a trailer, haul heavy loads around KANSAS CITY or use a car-top carrier.6. The weather in your area can get very hot or very cold.Surprising, isn't it? Severe driving isn't quite what you'd envisioned.Ask yourself: "Which auto service schedule should I follow?" For some of us, it's obvious. But for most of ... read more

Looking Down the Road - Headlamps

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.Experts at The Muffler Doctor recommend replacing your halogen headlamps every year. It's easy to remember if you do it when Daylight Saving Time changes in the fall. That way you'll have bright headlamps for those long MO winter nights.There are other types of headlamps in addition to halogen. There are the old standard bulbs that have been around for decades. These are OK, but you can usually upgrade to halogen. They cost a little more but you can't believe the difference. If you do a lot of night ... read more

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