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  • Ask The Muffler Doctor: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

    Sunday 07 October 2018

    The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so m... read more

  • Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for KANSAS CITY Drivers

    Monday 09 July 2018

    Knowing how their engine works can help KANSAS CITY drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let in f... read more

  • Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

    Tuesday 26 June 2018

    The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around KANSAS CITY.An old timing belt can lose a “tooth” in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing belt slips – or a broken timing belt – can be disastrous on some engines. In “interference” engines, open valves can get in the way of the piston when the... read more

  • Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

    Sunday 22 April 2018

    The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. KANSAS CITY drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at The Muffler Doctor to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper... read more

  • Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in KANSAS CITY

    Wednesday 03 January 2018

    Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to bring in the air an... read more

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