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Yearly Archives: 2019

Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In KANSAS CITY

Every KANSAS CITY car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replaced. Now, most air filters purchased in KANSAS CITY don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that MO people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at The Muffler Doctor can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in KANSAS CITY. Think about a dirty furnace filter in your KANSAS CITY home. When it's all clogged up, enough clean air can't get through. In your vehicle, that means that your engine can't get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and has to use more gas to move your vehicle around KANSAS CITY roads. Your vehicle actually needs about ... read more

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Maintenance

Not-So-Common Sense (Sensor Failures)

So your vehicle won't start.  What's the first thing that comes to mind?  Battery dead? Starter motor worn out? Out of gas?  Well, those are all reasons that make sense.  But your vehicle may be refusing to start because one of its computers is being warned that to do so might damage it.  Here's how that works. You have lots of computers in your vehicle.  They need to know the status of things so there are several sensors monitoring various things going on.  These sensors send information to the computers that adjust the fuel and air mixture so you don't waste fuel.  They know when things aren't quite right and prevent you from starting your engine if that's going to damage it.  Other sensors make sure the coolant is the right temperature, check to see you are not polluting the air and make sure other electronic components are performing their tasks correctly. Here's an example of a sensor doing its job.  Your engine needs oil to lubric ... read more

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

The Check Engine Light strikes fear into the hearts of some KANSAS CITY drivers, and is totally ignored by just as many. Just what it means is a mystery to most people. Let's get the urgency issues out of the way first. If your Check Engine light is flashing, that means that something is wrong that could cause engine damage. Naturally, you need to get that taken care of right away. If your check engine light is flashing, you shouldn't drive at high speeds, tow or haul heavy loads. Take it easy all the way to your KANSAS CITY service center. If the light is glowing steadily, you should keep an eye on it for a day or two. If the light doesn't go off, schedule an appointment with your friendly and knowledgeable pros at The Muffler Doctor to get it checked out.Some more information on how the Check Engine light works may be helpful for KANSAS ... read more

Coolant/Antifreeze Service in KANSAS CITY, MO

KANSAS CITY auto owners may know that most automotive failures in KANSAS CITY, MO, are tire related, but do you know the second most common cause of vehicle failure? Nope, it's not teenagers. It is the coolant system. But if you take good care of your vehicle coolant system, it will take good care of you.A vehicle's engine creates a lot of heat - so much heat, that if it is not properly cooled, the engine can lock up, resulting in massive damage and repair bills. But when everything is working right, your vehicle engine operates at the proper temperature and all is well. Without antifreeze in your cooling system, the water could freeze and cause vehicle engine damage. This could be very expensive, not to mention inconvenient.The right mix of water and antifreeze protects the engine against damage from freezing and overheating. Antifreeze also protects the coolant system against corrosion that could cause the system to fail. The thing to remember is this: coolant system failure is ... read more

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Cooling System

Braking News: Keep Your Stopping Power

Richard Petty once told AutoNetTV, “You've gotta have good brakes. If you've got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble.”That's why a regular brake inspection is on every KANSAS CITY driver's maintenance schedule. An inspection by your service advisor at The Muffler Doctor will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems.Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY right away. Here are some symptoms for KANSAS CITY drivers to watch for: Low or spongy brake pedal Hard brake pedal A brake warning light that stays on Constantly squealing or grinding brakes Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes If you are experiencing any of these, it's time to get your brakes checked. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at The Muffler Doctor .There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that's attached ... read more

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Brakes