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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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Power Steering Service at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY

Many KANSAS CITY drivers have been hearing about technological advances in power steering, specifically electric power steering. Some very high-end cars have been featuring electric power steering. Power steering fluid has the necessary hydraulic properties and the ability to lubricate the internal parts. The power steering fluid also protects vehicle components from rust and corrosion.KANSAS CITY car owners should be aware that vehicle manufacturers recommend that the fluid be replaced on schedule. At The Muffler Doctor, the old fluid is drained and the system cleaned thoroughly. Fresh fluid is then installed.Unfortunately, many KANSAS CITY drivers don't realize how important it is to service their power steering, and some may not even know that it's necessary in the first place. A neglected power steering system can develop leaks that will shorten the life of the pump.KANSAS CITY drivers sh ... read more

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Trip Inspection at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY

KANSAS CITY area drivers love their vehicles. And one of the most enjoyable things about them is taking a road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it's great! But there's nothing like vehicle trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.Now KANSAS CITY drivers can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. The first step is to look at your trip plan from your vehicle's perspective. What kind of roads will you be traveling – winding MO byways? Purple mountain majesties or fruited plains? What weather conditions are you likely to encounter? How far will you travel each day? How much weight will you be hauling – passengers and luggage? Pulling a trailer, roof top carrier or ATVs? Will it be dusty? Prepared with answers to these questions, you can schedule a trip inspection at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY to help you p ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your KANSAS CITY Vehicle

Imagine you've left KANSAS CITY and you're up in the arctic on a dog sled.Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground quickly. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side.That would slow you down. You would have to work harder to keep the sled going where you want it. The dogs are all working as hard as before, but you're covering less ground for the same effort.You're wasting kibble.The same is true of your vehicle when the wheels are out of alignment. That wheel that's pulling to the side is dragging down the rest of the vehicle; so you push a little harder on the gas pedal to keep up your speed. You're wasting gas.So have your wheel alignment checked at least once a year. It is important to get it checked right away if you feel the vehicle pulling to one side.Sometimes we KANSAS CITY residents bump a curb or hit a pothole and knock our wheels out of alignment. An accident can t ... read more

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Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: Alignment Inspection

Uneven tire wear, the car pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for KANSAS CITY drivers that their wheels may be out of alignment.When doing an alignment inspection, the service advisor at The Muffler Doctor will inspect your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He?ll also compare your current alignment with the vehicle manufacturer?s settings.Your vehicle owner?s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal driving. If you have been in a crash, hit a curb/pothole, frequently drive off-road around KANSAS CITY, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your The Muffler Doctor service advisor perform an important alignment check.The Muffler Doctor7915 TROOST AVEKANSAS CITY, MO 64131816-444-7100http://www.mdautorepairkc.com

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