Yearly Archives: 2018

KANSAS CITY Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of driving around KANSAS CITY on underinflated tires. Admittedly, it's hard to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your vehicle tires are considered significantly underinflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.New laws require all vehicles to include a tire pressure monitor system, or TPMS. This technology has been used by race car drivers for years. They are able to head off problems from underinflation by closely monitoring tire pressure on the track. It's up to your vehicle's manufacturer to determine which of many TPMS systems available they'll use to comply with the law.Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for KANSAS CITY drivers. Government studies have estimated the net costs. Of course, the TPMS system itself will cost something. Maintaining ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. KANSAS CITY drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at The Muffler Doctor to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper belt tension. The tensioner should be replaced along with the timing belt and any idler pulleys at the vehicle manufacturer’s specified service interval. Your The Muffler Doctor service advisor can help you with the timing belt.Give us a call.The Muffler Doctor7915 TROOST AVEKANSAS CITY, MO 64131816-444-7100http://www.mdautorepairkc.com

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Timing Belt

Fuel Saving Tip: Auto Myths Around KANSAS CITY

With high fuel prices in KANSAS CITY, MO, comes lots of gas saving advice. Some of it, like what you hear on   is great.  When you get one of those e-mails that's going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through.Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics?Do some research on the internet or ask your KANSAS CITY, MO, service advisor at The Muffler Doctor.There aren't any magic pills you can drop in your gas tank, and the government hasn't suppressed a device you can clamp on your fuel line to make your vehicle run on air. Not even in KANSAS CITY!So next time you get one of those e-mails, check it out with an automotive professional. You'll get more bang for your buck with an oil change or an engine air filter replacement.We're here for you at The Muffler Doctor, so give us a call at 816-444-7100 for good honest advice about your vehicle. The Muffler Doctor 7915 TROOST AVE KANSAS CITY ... read more

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Fuel System

Odometer Rollback on Your KANSAS CITY, MO Vehicle

How do KANSAS CITY drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect MO consumers against mileage fraud. It says a MO seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in KANSAS CITY, MO, stop by The Muffler Doctor: The Muffler Doctor 7915 TROOST AVE KANSAS CITY, MO 64131   If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.If the seller tells you the mileage isn't accurate, there's not much chance of putting a good number to it. And there's the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it isn't. What can KANSAS CITY vehicle owners do?You can go to www.CarFax.com, where, for a small fee, they'll give you a comprehensive veh ... read more

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Older Vehicles

Below 45 Degrees in KANSAS CITY: Consider Winter Tires

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and KANSAS CITY drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. MO drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever.Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the KANSAS CITY area are much better designed for the wide range of conditions that come with MO winter weather. They are made with a rubber compound that helps them stay flexible in cold weather. Regular tires become hard and stiff at KANSAS CITY temperatures below 45°F (7° C) which reduces their traction. That's a concern in winter, especially with snowy or wet conditions. But it also means that KANSAS CITY drivers are better off with winter tires in cold weather even when it's dry.The tread design on winter tires has been improved to move snow ... read more

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Tires and Wheels