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  • 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

  • Why Wheel Balancing and Tire Rotation Save You Money on Tires

    Sunday 14 April 2019

    KANSAS CITY drivers want their tires to last as long as possible. Two ways to extend tire life are wheel balancing and tire rotation.When wheels are out of balance, they wobble and vibrate. That makes the tires wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance you'll feel it in the steering wheel. If it's a rear wheel you'll feel it through your seat. To fix this, your technician at The Muffler Doctor puts weights on your wheels to balance them out.That brings us to tire rota... read more

  • Check Your Shocks and Struts at The Muffler Doctor

    Sunday 07 April 2019

      Today we're talking to KANSAS CITY drivers about shocks and struts. They're so easy for MO folks to forget about because they last so long and wear out so slowly. But your shocks are really responsible for keeping your tires on the road – so they're very important.Without shocks, your wheels would be bouncing over bumps and lifting on corners. The shocks push the tire down to the road to maximize traction. Good shocks equal good ride quality and safe handling for KANS... read more

  • Positive Crankcase Ventilation ? PCV Valve Service at The Muffler Doctor

    Sunday 31 March 2019

    Hello KANSAS CITY! Did you know that the first federally-mandated emissions control device was introduced in the 1960's? The Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve, or PCV valve, has been installed in MO vehicles since 1964 and represents the first legislation by the United States government to regulate harmful emissions as well as to improve performance in the country's vehicles.The PCV valve, as you can probably guess, is located on the crankcase. The crankcase... read more

  • Fuel Saving Tip: Fuel System Cleaning Near KANSAS CITY, MO

    Sunday 24 March 2019

    A lot of fuel is wasted in the KANSAS CITY area by dirty fuel delivery systems in vehicles.Let's start at the tank. The gas tank gathers dirt, rust and sediment over the years. That's why there's a fuel filter to clean the fuel after it leaves the tank. A dirty filter will rob the engine of the clean gas it needs to run efficiently.The fuel intake components get coated with gum and varnish over time. This results in fuel being delivered inefficiently and some of that gunk gettin... read more

  • Blind Spot Safety for KANSAS CITY Driving

    Sunday 17 March 2019

    Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse's annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in KANSAS CITY, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it's not good marital advice, it's good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other KANSAS CITY drivers' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses.First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pu... read more

  • Synthetic Oil for KANSAS CITY Autos

    Sunday 10 March 2019

    If you are a driver in KANSAS CITY and you aren't currently using synthetic motor oil in your vehicle, maybe now's the time to consider it. Need more information? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. Synthetic oil doesn't gel or gum-up like petroleum based oil and it doesn't vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and go driving around KANSAS CITY, as well as in very hot or very cold conditions. More and mor... read more

  • Power Steering Service at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY

    Sunday 03 March 2019

    Many KANSAS CITY drivers have been hearing about technological advances in power steering, specifically electric power steering. Some very high-end cars have been featuring electric power steering. Power steering fluid has the necessary hydraulic properties and the ability to lubricate the internal parts. The power steering fluid also protects vehicle components from rust and corrosion.KANSAS CITY car owners should be aware tha... read more

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