Yearly Archives: 2018

The The Muffler Doctor Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

The team at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY, and MO car owners are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. KANSAS CITY drivers want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more people in KANSAS CITY can do? After all, some of us folks can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get from point A to point B. And that means buying more gas in KANSAS CITY and producing more emissions.Of course, your vehicle's weight isn't negotiable. And you can't do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn't an article about diet and exercise.But look around your vehicle. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around? Do you really need your golf clubs every ... read more

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Fuel System

The Muffler Doctor Fuel Saving Tip for KANSAS CITY: Check Engine Light

Here's a question for KANSAS CITY, MO : How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your Check Engine light? Hey, it's not there to create ambiance; it's a warning that something's wrong. (And, by the way, Homer Simpson's fix of covering it with tape is not a good idea.) Many conditions that trigger the Check Engine light can hurt your vehicle. A lot.If your date's eyes are smoldering in the soft glow of the Check Engine light, try to think of all the gas money you'll save by getting it fixed. Give The Muffler Doctor a call when you are ready. The Muffler Doctor7915 TROOST AVEKANSAS CITY, MO 64131816-444-7100http://www.mdautorepairkc.com

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Fuel System

Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

Modern vehicles in and around KANSAS CITY run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for KANSAS CITY drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks windows and sun roofs. And then us MO drivers have all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers and DVD players.We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos. Plus there are all the engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off.Fortunately, battery technology has given KANSAS CITY drivers resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. But the fact is, batteries just wea ... read more

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Parts

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From The Muffler Doctor

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the MO news. KANSAS CITY people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of KANSAS CITY motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so. There are plenty of KANSAS CITY drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in MO.The KANSAS CITY drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. That may sound a bit unsophistic ... read more

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Maintenance

Make your Service Visit at The Muffler Doctor a Good One

Most people don't love going to get their vehicle serviced, but it's one of those things you just have to do. So you might as well get the most of out of it. There are some steps you can take that will likely help you get the best results possible. For one thing, it's important to describe your problem (or problems) to the service advisor accurately and clearly. If your vehicle is making a noise, for example, take time to really listen to it and think of the best way to describe it. Does it increase in speed when you go faster? If you feel a vibration somewhere, where in the vehicle does it seem to originate? Some service advisors recommend writing things down. That way the driver won't forget any important clues that could lead to a successful resolution of the problem. Another thing is to make sure your vehicle is cleaned out and free of junk. That way the technician can access those nooks and crannies where some vital components may be. If your vehicle is full of strollers, boxes or ... read more