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Not So Hot in KANSAS CITY

When the weather turns cold, it's nice to crank up the furnace and enjoy the heat. But if your home's furnace doesn't work, it's not too comfortable. Same goes with your vehicle. When the heater's not working, things can get miserable. It could also signal some major problems, which we'll discuss later. A vehicle's heating system is fairly complicated. It's made up of several parts, including a blower motor/fan, a heater core and some mechanical and electrical components. In basic terms, a vehicle's engine warms up coolant which is then sent to the heater core (which is kind of like a small radiator) behind the dash. That blower motor sends cold air through the heater core which heats up the air. Voila! Heat. Diagnosing problems in this system takes a trained mechanic because of the different possible issues. Your heater core may need replacing; they are sometimes in tight spots and may be difficult to work on. Another possible problem could be a defective thermostat, which regulates h ... read more

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Cooling System

Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: Causes of Wheel Misalignment

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. KANSAS CITY drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like a major crash, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday KANSAS CITY driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. Your car can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, the team of automotive professionals at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY can return your wheels to the factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest an inspection every year or two.Give us a call.The Muffler Doctor7915 TROOST AVEKANSAS CITY, MO 64131816-444-7100http://www.mdautorepairkc.com

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Alignment

Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

If you're reading this article in KANSAS CITY, MO, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at The Muffler Doctor tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for KANSAS CITY residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle performing effici ... read more

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Maintenance

Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: When to Replace Your Wiper Blades

There are several important factors that go into how often KANSAS CITY drivers should replace their wiper blades. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the faster the blades will wear out – especially if you use them on an icy windshield. Whether it’s a lot of bugs and road grime from MO freeway driving or lots of wet weather – your blades get a work out and start to wear. But your wiper blades break down even when they aren’t used frequently. They are damaged by sunlight and temperature changes as well. The rubber in the blades can dry out and crack and eventually fall apart. Check your wipers: If they’re not doing their important job, have them replaced at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY. Talk to your The Muffler Doctor service advisor about how you drive - we can counsel you on the optimal blades for your needs.The Muffler Doctor7915 TROOST AVEKANSAS CITY, MO 64131816-444-7100ht ... read more

The Muffler Doctor On Your Serpentine Belt

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our KANSAS CITY, MO, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around MO in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most KANSAS CITY residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around KANSAS CITY, MO, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really a lot of work for one ... read more

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Maintenance