Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Muffler Doctor Advice on Buying New Tires

Today's tires and wheels offer a lot of options for every KANSAS CITY driver's style, habits and driving conditions.Tires are designed for high-performance in winter or summer and even come in a long-wearing variety for all MO seasons.KANSAS CITY off-roaders should be excited about the options available to them as well. The tread on off-road tires is designed to handle the wear from bumps and rocks. The tires' high profile protects rims from damage.But what if you own an SUV but aren't interested in off-roading around MO? You can change out those high-profile beasts for a lower, wider look if it suits your style.The Muffler Doctor tire professionals can offer great auto advice on how to choose tires that match your needs and style.If you just need to purchase new tires, a tire professional at The Muffler Doctor can also help you select the tires that are best for your driving needs and habits. The right tires will protect you and your vehicle on the road.So personalize your v ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Keep Your Tires Well Rounded in KANSAS CITY: Tire Rotation and Wheel Balancing at The Muffler Doctor

Taking care of our tires is part of vehicle care for KANSAS CITY drivers. We know they have to be replaced when they wear out, but tires also require some preventive maintenance. This maintenance will improve and extend the life of the tires, so it's well worth the effort and expense for KANSAS CITY drivers to get it done. Tire maintenance includes keeping tires properly inflated, rotating tires and balancing wheels.The recommended tire pressure for a vehicle's tires is printed on a sticker on the inside of the driver's side doorjamb. A lot of engineering goes into calculating the correct pressure, so it's an important number for KANSAS CITY vehicle owners to know. Not following this recommendation can throw off the suspension system and can lead to tire damage. Underinflated tires wear out more quickly than properly inflated tires. Vehicles also get better traction and handling on properly inflated tires. Check your tire pressure at least once a week and add air if necessary ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in KANSAS CITY

About 90% of our driving decisions in the KANSAS CITY area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most KANSAS CITY drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the KANSAS CITY area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.KANSAS CITY drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll stay ahead of ... read more

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Maintenance

Serpentine Belt Service at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY

Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy KANSAS CITY road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the water pump - which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All are pretty important parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine components. Serpentine belts are amazingly tough. They can last for years and go long distances. Like all moving parts, however, they eventually wear out. If your belt breaks while you are driving around KANSAS CITY, everything will come to a halt within minutes. You need to stop the vehicle immediately or it will overheat, potentially causing engine damage. You can be sure that it won't happen at a convenient time or place. (As if there was a convenient time or place!) You might even need to get ... read more

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Parts

It's About Time: Following Service Intervals at The Muffler Doctor

There are a lot of things in life that KANSAS CITY residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our KANSAS CITY dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up once a year. When we don't stay on schedule with these routines, it can lead to embarrassing, painful or expensive consequences. Scheduled maintenance is also part of good vehicle care. KANSAS CITY drivers should take their vehicles in regularly for a good check-up. But many folks struggle to remember or actually even ignore this auto advice. When it comes to our vehicles, we're more likely to listen to, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it,” than, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Yet it is the second adage that is the more applicable one.Regular brushing treatments prevent cavities. Filling a cavity prevents a mo ... read more

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Inspection