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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 effici ... read more

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The Muffler Doctor On Your Serpentine Belt

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our KANSAS CITY, MO, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around MO in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most KANSAS CITY residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around KANSAS CITY, MO, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really a lot of work for one ... read more

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Fall and Spring Inspection at The Muffler Doctor

Good vehicle care for us KANSAS CITY residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required different weights of oil for summer and winter. But today's engines can run on the same oil all year. Both the engines and the oils have been improved.Antifreeze—or coolant as it's also called—protects the engine from both freezing and hot temperatures and thus is required by the engine year-round. Modern coolants don't have to be changed as often as they did in the past, but your owner's manual has a recommendation for when it should be replaced to extend cooling system life.Getting a spring and fall checkup at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY for your vehicle is still good auto advice.First of all, there is a lot of preventive auto maintenance involved ... read more

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Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to KANSAS CITY residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all KANSAS CITY residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their KANSAS CITY service center. To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call: The Muffler Doctor7915 TROOST AVEKANSAS CITY, MO 64131816-444-7100http://www.mdautorepairkc.com These recalls always affect safety, so KANSAS CITY residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv ... read more

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Change Your Engine Air Filter at The Muffler Doctor

Many KANSAS CITY car owners have probably wondered: "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass air flow sensor failure – and these babies can cost several hundred dollars to replace in KANSAS CITY.Change your vehicle air filter at The Muffler Doctor when it's dirty. Your vehicle engine will thank you.Give us a call. The Muffler Doctor7915 TROOST AVEKANSAS CITY, MO 64131816-444-7100http://www.mdautorepairkc.com    

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