Yearly Archives: 2017

The Muffler Doctor Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the The Muffler Doctor automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet KANSAS CITY conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.That's called hydroplaning. If it's really bad, KANSAS CITY drivers can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won't stop as fast. So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your vehicle tire and you'll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They're designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better.And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new The Muffler Doctor tire has very deep channels and can easily move a lot of ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Diesel Maintenance for MO

At The Muffler Doctor we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV's. But our MO friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. In fact, in some markets, there're nearly as many diesel powered passenger cars as there are gasoline.Here's who's announced or is expected to announce new diesels for North America: BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Subaru. Of course, the US auto makers will be expanding their diesel offerings as well. Diesels will become a very big deal here in MO.You may ask, why has it taken so long getting to MO and North America? There are a bunch of reasons like fuel tax policies and such, but the biggest hurtle was that MO diesel fuel had a high sulfur content – too high for the latest generation of highly refined diesel engines. Re ... read more

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Fuel System

New School: Automotive The Muffler Doctor Technician Training

KANSAS CITY consumers are demanding. We want a safe, reliable vehicle that handles well and is comfortable to ride in. Oh, and we want good fuel economy, too. We also want vehicle repairs that are cheap, fast and easy. Unfortunately, one usually comes at the cost of the other.Today's vehicles have made significant improvements in reliability and performance over the last few decades. They also deliver more power to KANSAS CITY drivers more efficiently than ever before. For example, some of today's 4-cylinder engines are equal to yesterday's V-8's. Our vehicles also offer an amazing range of features that make them more comfortable and convenient than ever before.But all of that improvement has come at a price for KANSAS CITY vehicle owners. Our vehicles are more complicated and difficult to repair than ever before. They have numerous mechanical and electrical systems. Fuel systems are so complex they have to be run by a computer. Our vehicles are covered with sensors and high-tech ... read more

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Maintenance

Under Pressure in KANSAS CITY: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in KANSAS CITY, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely underinflated.Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause crashes and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on MO roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, KANSAS CITY drivers who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that this has serious safety concerns as wel ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

The Muffler Doctor: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on KANSAS CITY streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide?The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about 12,000 gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your vehicle needs a lot of air to keep going in KANSAS CITY. A lot of clean air is best. You've seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your vehicle also works better when its internals are clean. When your vehicle air filter ... read more

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Maintenance