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Maintaining Your Older Car in KANSAS CITY, MO

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in KANSAS CITY, MO: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the KANSAS CITY motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the KANSAS CITY area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in MO have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin'.Give The Muffler Doctor a call at 816-444-7100 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn't mean it doesn't have to be d ... read more

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Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and KANSAS CITY drivers want to make them last as long as possible.  We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, "A stitch in time saves nine," and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your vehicle. A great example is coolant service in KANSAS CITY.Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing, it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That's why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule.The same is true for you ... read more

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Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At The Muffler Doctor we get a lot of KANSAS CITY drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around MO, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart KANSAS CITY drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around KANSAS CITY to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to The Muffler Doctor for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.7915 TROOST AVE KANSAS CITY, MO 64131 816-444-7100http://www.mdautorepairkc.com ... read more

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Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In KANSAS CITY

Every KANSAS CITY car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replaced. Now, most air filters purchased in KANSAS CITY don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that MO people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at The Muffler Doctor can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in KANSAS CITY. Think about a dirty furnace filter in your KANSAS CITY home. When it's all clogged up, enough clean air can't get through. In your vehicle, that means that your engine can't get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and has to use more gas to move your vehicle around KANSAS CITY roads. Your vehicle actually needs about ... read more

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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 effic ... read more

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