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Battery Replacement at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY

Hello, welcome to The Muffler Doctor. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in KANSAS CITY runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at The Muffler Doctor are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, they wear out and need to be replaced . This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold vehicle engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in MO, specifically how cold it is. (Many KANSAS CITY drivers have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning.) The two factors are that the colder your vehicle's engine is, the more power it takes to turn the engine over to get it started. It has all that cold, sluggish oil to contend with.The other factor is that the chemical reaction in the battery that creates electrical energy is less efficient when the temperature dips. Let's ... read more

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Battery

On Board Diagnostics for KANSAS CITY Motorists

Some KANSAS CITY vehicle owners wonder why The Muffler Doctor and other KANSAS CITY auto repair shops charge a fee for vehicle diagnostics. Receiving a diagnostic charge at The Muffler Doctor for a tricky automotive problem shouldn't be a surprise. In the KANSAS CITY area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your vehicle brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy MO road, you pull off at the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you're having an intermittent problem with your vehicle engine, however, a The Muffler Doctor diagnosis may be much more involved.Much of the KANSAS CITY driver's confusion comes when the problem involves the Check Engine light. The Check Engine light comes on when the engine management computer has sensed a problem. There's a common misconception among MO drivers that the trouble code tells the The Muffler Doctor technician exactly what's wrong ... read more

Getting New Tires in KANSAS CITY?

There are so many tire choices in the KANSAS CITY area that selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for drivers. And even though it's kind of fun to have new tires on your vehicle, they're a significant investment for most KANSAS CITY area folks so you want do it right.Tip: talk with your friendly and knowledgeable The Muffler Doctor tire professional. He'll help you sort through the choices.Here are some of the issues you'll talk about: One is size – you know, all those numbers on the side of the tire. The right size is . All new vehicles are required to have stability control which, along with other important safety systems, is calibrated to work with specific tire sizes. Your KANSAS CITY tire professional can help stay within manufacturer's specifications or program a different tire size into your vehicle's computer.And you'll want to discuss how and where you drive to determine the type of tire you need: summer, winter,  all se ... read more

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Tires and Wheels