Yearly Archives: 2018

Know Your Towing Limits in KANSAS CITY

Some KANSAS CITY drivers figure that anything they can attach to their trailer hitch can be towed by their vehicle. Nope. If you're going to do any towing around KANSAS CITY, you should be aware of safety issues, MO towing laws and potential liability.Understanding tow ratings is important for safe towing. A tow rating is the weight limit that your vehicle can safely tow. They calculate the tow rating for every vehicle, but different options on the vehicle can affect that rating. KANSAS CITY drivers need to read the towing section in their owner's manual to get the specific tow rating for the vehicle they own.Your trailer hitch also has a weight limit, and it may not match the tow rating for your vehicle. Your vehicle may be rated for 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg), but if you have a 2,000-pound (900 kg) hitch limit, you shouldn't be towing more than 2,000 pounds (900 kg). If you tow a 10,000-pound (4,500 kg) trailer on that hitch, it could break free and you would be liable for any resultin ... read more

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Safety

Relax When the Wind Blows in MO: Winter Car Prep for KANSAS CITY Drivers

When autumn comes around in KANSAS CITY, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for KANSAS CITY drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for KANSAS CITY drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the MO winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want your radiator, engine or hoses freezing up. If your vehicle isn't generating enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze might be low, or you might have a thermostat problem. Either way, you should get it checked out before the full force of MO winter sets in. If you are due for a cooling system service at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY, get that done as well.2. Check your brakes. The slushy wet conditions of winter increase stopping distances. Ice exacerbates the problem. Yo ... read more

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Maintenance

Hey KANSAS CITY Drivers; What Is the Most Distracting Food?

So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around KANSAS CITY?Is it: A Hamburger; Coffee; A Soft Drink, or Gummy Bears? Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving. But if you chose 'coffee,' then give yourself an extra two points.  Coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in KANSAS CITY and around the country.Food distractions cause 25 percent of all car accidents; over a million and a half each year!You'll notice that all of the top ten distracting food items are messy. Messy foods are the types of food you might spill (very distracting!), then try to clean up (a safe-driving impossibility!). If you gotta eat on the run, take five-then drive. You'll thank yourself later for two reasons: one, that you can actually relax for just a moment in our fast-paced world, and two, you won't have to worry about ... read more

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Maintenance

Coolant Service at The Muffler Doctor

KANSAS CITY residents' vehicles have to operate in a wide range of MO temperatures which requires the engine coolant to be able to perform 'no matter what.' Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive...And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect against corrosion for all of these different materials. That's why vehicle manufacturer’s recommend different types of anti-freeze for our KANSAS CITY, MO, vehicles.There are several different 'families' of anti-freeze available to us here in KANSAS CITY. Your owner's manual will tell you what kind you should use. Of course, the automotive professionals at The Muffler Doctor will know the right kind for your vehicle.It's important to stay on top of this because coolant system failure is the most com ... read more

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Cooling System

Keep Your KANSAS CITY Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey KANSAS CITY - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in MO affects when your filter needs to be changed.Dusty conditions around KANSAS CITY or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at The Muffler Doctor can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.When you think about it, a clogged air filt ... read more

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Maintenance