Monthly Archives: June 2017

Fuel Filter Replacement

Hello KANSAS CITY resident! You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your vehicle feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good fuel economy. The fuel filter's job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that it won't start or run. Some fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows fuel to go around the clogged filter so your vehicle will still run. But, then the contaminated fuel can clog your fuel injectors and allow particles into your engine.A vehicle with a partially clogged fuel filter might run well around KANSAS CITY, but sputter and strain on the because it's starving for gas. There are two things that affect how often you need to replace the filter. They are: where you drive in MO and the gas you buy. If you drive a lot on dirt or gravel roads in rural MO, yo ... read more

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Fuel System

Budget for Maintenance in KANSAS CITY

Sometimes busy KANSAS CITY residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around MO in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time KANSAS CITY residents spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple — you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today's KANSAS CITY drivers would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience, and it's likely that yesterday's KANSAS CITY drivers didn't care much for it, either. So on today's vehicl ... read more

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Maintenance

The Muffler Doctor and the Maintenance Mindset

When it comes to their vehicles, some KANSAS CITYresidents don't have amaintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. KANSAS CITY drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance but just may not have applied it to their vehicles.Here's something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil change, your friendly and knowledgeable The Muffler Doctor service advisor will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason. If your serpentine belt is cracked, he'll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – they've got you covered. And at The Muffler Doctor, we check to see if your vehicle ma ... read more

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Maintenance

Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: Rotor Problems

The brake rotor, or disc, is attached to your wheel. The brake pads rub on the rotor to slow your car when you are driving in KANSAS CITY.Rotors can warp, crack or become misaligned. They can also be damaged by worn out brake pads that scratch grooves into the surface. These conditions result in less contact surface for the brake pads, leaving you with reduced braking power.Over time and miles, rotors can also wear down below safe specifications. It is important for KANSAS CITY drivers to know that simply replacing brake pads on a wheel with a bad rotor will not solve the problem. Depending on their condition, rotors may be resurfaced or replaced.Brake noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal are signs of potential brake problems that should be addressed right away. If you have any brake concerns, please have your friendly and professional The Muffler Doctor tech perform a thorough inspection.Give us a call.The Muffler Doctor7915 TROOST AVEKANSAS CITY, MO 6413181 ... read more

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Brakes