Monthly Archives: March 2017

Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at KANSAS CITY car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of KANSAS CITY, MO, folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer.Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacturing, there's no reason a modern vehicle can't be made to last for a 150,000 miles (250,000 kilometers) or more for smart KANSAS CITY drivers.The old adage: 'a stitch in time saves nine' is really true for KANSAS CITY residents when it comes to car maintenance. A great example is coolant service.Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. Smart KANSAS CITY drivers have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule at The Muffler Doctor.Ditto for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. Of course, oil changes should be done right on schedule to avoid th ... read more

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Maintenance

Engine Air Filter from The Muffler Doctor

Many KANSAS CITY drivers have found themselves in the following situation: They go to get their oil changed and their friendly service advisor at The Muffler Doctor recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don't know what an air filter is or what it does.If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask your The Muffler Doctor service advisor for more information. It's your vehicle and you have a right to understand what you're paying for.Let's review: "What does an air filter do?"Air is the focus of this discussion. What is the air like outside in KANSAS CITY right now? Can you see any smog? Is it full of pollen? How about dust? Anyone in MO with hay fever can tell you that there's plenty in the air that you can't see. Well, the engine air filter's job is to clean that air before it goes into your vehicle engine, to mix with the fuel and be burned. W ... read more

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Fuel System

Maintenance on My Mind

Ask any KANSAS CITY man or woman if they've taken their vehicle in for preventive maintenance lately, and the answer may well be “no.” Surveys indicate that over 80% of vehicles on the road today are in need of some kind of repair or maintenance. Now, ask that same person why he hasn't taken his car in for care. The answer will probably be that he forgot or that he just didn't think about it. Most KANSAS CITY residents seem to have a hard time remembering about scheduled maintenance for their vehicles.Funny, because most of us in KANSAS CITY have no trouble remembering to wash our clothes, mow our lawns or brush our teeth. It isn't that we can't remember to take our vehicles for service; it's a matter of making it a priority.When it comes to our vehicles, KANSAS CITY drivers like myself, need to be a little more maintenance-minded. The fact is, we can choose to do it, or we might find ourselves being compelled to do it.For example, when we ... read more

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Maintenance

Good Service at The Muffler Doctor Equals Good Fuel Economy in KANSAS CITY

Whether we're trying to save money, save gas or save the environment, most of us KANSAS CITY drivers have an interest in decreasing fuel consumption. We've all heard about ways to save money on gas in MO, but does it really add up to much? How much can we boost our fuel economy through preventive maintenance and more courteous driving?The US government has a website that actually answers that question. Let's look at some of the data and find out if any of these fuel-saving ideas are really worth the effort. We've all heard that a tune-up can improve gas mileage. It turns out that it can save us 4% at the pump. At $3.50 a gallon, that's 14¢ per gallon in savings, and at $4.00 a gallon, that's a 16¢ per gallon savings.Other common repair items can also save you at the pump. For example, if your oxygen sensor is faulty, it's not delivering the information to your engine's computer that allows it to calculate the right fuel-to-air ratio. The result? The ... read more

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Fuel Economy