Monthly Archives: November 2019

Line Them Up: Wheel Alignment Service at The Muffler Doctor

Hello KANSAS CITY! Let's talk about alignment. One of the most important parts of preventive maintenance for your vehicle is keeping the wheels in alignment. Poor alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly, which can significantly reduce their lifespan. This means you will have to replace them more often, which can be costly for drivers in KANSAS CITY.It can even damage your suspension system, which is costly to repair. But even more importantly, uneven tread wear can lead to blowouts on the road, a dangerous and potentially deadly safety risk for KANSAS CITY drivers and their passengers.It may not take an accident or bad driving habits to “knock” your tires out of alignment. Tires can go out of alignment with just everyday MO driving. KANSAS CITY road hazards, pot holes, uneven or gravel roads, and even the bumps and bounces of normal KANSAS CITY roads and surface streets can gradually put your vehicle tires out of alignment.So it's good ... read more

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Alignment

Not So Hot in KANSAS CITY

When the weather turns cold, it's nice to crank up the furnace and enjoy the heat. But if your home's furnace doesn't work, it's not too comfortable. Same goes with your vehicle. When the heater's not working, things can get miserable. It could also signal some major problems, which we'll discuss later. A vehicle's heating system is fairly complicated. It's made up of several parts, including a blower motor/fan, a heater core and some mechanical and electrical components. In basic terms, a vehicle's engine warms up coolant which is then sent to the heater core (which is kind of like a small radiator) behind the dash. That blower motor sends cold air through the heater core which heats up the air. Voila! Heat. Diagnosing problems in this system takes a trained mechanic because of the different possible issues. Your heater core may need replacing; they are sometimes in tight spots and may be difficult to work on. Another possible problem could be a defective thermostat, which regulates h ... read more

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Cooling System

Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: Causes of Wheel Misalignment

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. KANSAS CITY drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like a major crash, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday KANSAS CITY driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. Your car can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, the team of automotive professionals at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY can return your wheels to the factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest an inspection every year or two.Give us a call.The Muffler Doctor7915 TROOST AVEKANSAS CITY, MO 64131816-444-7100http://www.mdautorepairkc.com

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Alignment

Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

If you're reading this article in KANSAS CITY, MO, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at The Muffler Doctor tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for KANSAS CITY residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle performing effici ... read more

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Maintenance