Yearly Archives: 2018

The Muffler Doctor Advice on What to Pour into Your Vehicle

Changes in vehicle design and manufacture have resulted in changed fluid requirements for our vehicles. With the sophistication of engines, transmissions, differentials, etc., it's best for KANSAS CITY residents to always use the proper type of fluid for their vehicle. Using incorrect fluids can actually damage your engine.As engines have become more sophisticated, new weights (or grades) of engine oil have been introduced. Today, there is a much wider range of weights for engine oil as well as a variety of formulations for different types of engines.Transmission fluid, brake fluid and coolant/anti-freeze have changed because the materials that go into making the systems they protect have changed. The fluids in our vehicles generally have two jobs: to lubricate and to prevent corrosion. The fluids formulated for your vehicle are specifically designed to protect the materials that make up its engine parts. Using the wrong fluid may leave some parts vulnerable to corrosion. Further, usin ... read more

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Fluids

Deep Clean Your Fuel System at The Muffler Doctor

Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your vehicle into The Muffler Doctor for a check up.In today's The Muffler Doctor auto post,we're talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how important it is to have a clean fuel system. KANSAS CITY residents need fuel to go, and the cleaner the fuel system, the more efficiently the fuel will burn. That means more power and better mileage .A clean fuel system saves money for KANSAS CITY drivers at MO gas stations. We guess you could say it all starts and ends at the pump. One of the most important things KANSAS CITY residents can do to keep their vehicle fuel system clean is to buy good quality gas. Major brands have detergents that keep gum and varnish from rapidly building up in the fuel system.So buying cheaper gas in MO can actually be more expensive for KANSAS CITY drivers in the long run. Now, most cars on MO roads are more than five or six years old. That means they've had time for some dirt ... read more

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Fuel System

On Board Diagnostics for Your vehicle

Today we're going to talk about on-board diagnostics and the questions we hear from folks around KANSAS CITY, MO, who need answers about diagnostic services. They want to know what diagnostics are, what's involved and what the benefits are. They really want to understand the value of diagnostic scans by a trained technician in KANSAS CITY.These are valid concerns. If you don't understand something it's really hard to know its value. Let's start with some history.Since 1996, all cars and light trucks in KANSAS CITY, MO, have been required to use a standardized diagnostic system to help repair technicians determine what's wrong with your vehicle. The diagnostic system works with the vehicle's Engine Control Module – the computer that controls many engine functions.The computer monitors dozens of components and processes. Depending on what the sensors read, the computer will make adjustments to compensate for conditions and minor problems. When there is a condition that it can't adj ... read more

Cool Running in KANSAS CITY

Unless you live in Death Valley, you really don't hear much any more about cars overheating. That's because cooling systems in vehicles have been much improved. That doesn't mean you can't overheat your vehicle engine, though. Without proper preventive maintenance, you could still find yourself on the side of the road in KANSAS CITY waiting for your vehicle engine to cool down.When you service your cooling system at The Muffler Doctor, your technician will check the condition of the coolant. It can become corrosive over time, which can damage a radiator — leading to an overheated engine. Changing the coolant periodically is good vehicle care. Your vehicle owner's manual can give you guidelines on how often to replace it.If your engine overheated, your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor will also check your coolant system for leaks. Check the vehicle radiator for cra ... read more

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Cooling System

Cooling System Components

Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It's one of those things that KANSAS CITY auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in MO.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don't you hate it when something breaks and you could have done something to prevent it?The good news is that if KANSAS CITY drivers take care of their cooling systems, they can keep working for the life of their car.Here at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY, we emphasize preventive maintenance services like replacing your coolant according to the factory schedule. But the various parts that make up the cooling system need attention too. The major components of the cooling system are the water pump, freeze plugs, the thermostat, radiator, cooling fans, the heater core, the pressure cap, the overflow tank and the ... read more

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Cooling System