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  • The Muffler Doctor Advice on What to Pour into Your Vehicle

    Tuesday 05 June 2018

    Changes in vehicle design and manufacture have resulted in changed fluid requirements for our vehicles. With the sophistication of engines, transmissions, differentials, etc., it's best for KANSAS CITY residents to always use the proper type of fluid for their vehicle. Using incorrect fluids can actually damage your engine.As engines have become more sophisticated, new weights (or grades) of engine oil have been introduced. Today, there is a much wider range of weights for engine oil as well as... read more

  • Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

    Monday 26 February 2018

    Oil changes are probably the most recognized service on a vehicle. Almost all KANSAS CITY residents know about them. But do we know enough?Several decades ago, oil changes were fairly standard: every three months or 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But recent advances in both engine technology and oil quality have led to longer oil change intervals.Delayed or skipped oil changes are a problem for KANSAS CITY residents because they lead to the build-up of oil sludge in your engine. Oil sludg... read more

  • Super Slick at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY: Synthetic Oil

    Tuesday 23 May 2017

    When you get an oil change, it's always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we're asked if we'd like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for KANSAS CITY drivers. Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic mo... read more

  • The Muffler Doctor Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

    Monday 13 February 2017

    Hello MO! Today's vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecul... read more

  • How to Know When to Change Your Oil at The Muffler Doctor

    Monday 13 February 2017

    Today in the The Muffler Doctor auto care blog, we're going to talk to KANSAS CITY drivers about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, oil change intervals become longer for The Muffler Doctor customers. For example, recently four of the world's largest vehicle manufacturer's shortened the published intervals for several of their engine models. They originally published intervals that extended out to a much as 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometers).In real... read more

  • MO: What Is the Risk of High Oil Change Intervals?

    Monday 13 February 2017

    MO residents may have heard that vehicles don't need their oil changed as often as they used to. That's true. But it's not the whole story.Owing to improved engine technology and higher oil quality, most newer vehicles can go longer between oil changes than their older counterparts.So what is a good time interval for oil changes? How do MO residents know when to change it? And why do we change it in the first place?Oil lubricates a vehicle's engine, which protects it from friction damage. Over t... read more

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