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  • By the Numbers: Tire Replacement at The Muffler Doctor in KANSAS CITY

    Tuesday 01 January 2019

    Ever notice that your tire is covered with writing? It's like some hieroglyphic art form. Of course, KANSAS CITY drivers know that it's not just graffiti, but to most of us, it might as well be. Would you like to know what all those codes on your tire mean? It won't lead you to buried treasure, but it could help you make a better tire purchase at your local KANSAS CITY tire store.Prominently featured on your tire is a set of numbers and letters that looks something like this: 225 50 R 16 92 H. T... read more

  • Tire Tread Depth for KANSAS CITY, MO Drivers

    Sunday 23 December 2018

    Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out.The Feds don't have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider 2/32 of an inch to be the minimum legal tread depth. Two other states, including California, consider 1/32 to be the minimum and six states have no standards at all. Call us at The Muffler Doctor; (just call 816-444-7100) to find out wha... read more

  • The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

    Sunday 25 November 2018

    Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our American Fork area shoe stores?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pair of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires?When you choose new tires in KANSAS CITY, what's the most important factor for you? Give us a call at The Muffler Doctor a... read more

  • All About Your TPMS in KANSAS CITY

    Sunday 28 October 2018

    KANSAS CITY drivers know that underinflated tires wear out more quickly. Underinflation is also a major cause of tire failure for MO auto owners. More flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances are all results of underinflated tires.It's hard for many KANSAS CITY drivers to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your owner’s manual recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your tire is considered significantly under-inflated at 26 pounds. The t... read more

  • Saving Lives in KANSAS CITY with Tire Pressure

    Sunday 10 June 2018

    All new passenger vehicles on our KANSAS CITY, MO, roads now have tire pressure monitoring systems – TPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are underinflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about them.First off, the most important thing is that you still need to check your tire pressure every week – or at least every time you gas up. The TPMS system alert comes in when your tire is... read more

  • KANSAS CITY Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

    Sunday 29 April 2018

    Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of driving around KANSAS CITY on underinflated tires. Admittedly, it's hard to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your vehicle tires are considered significantly underinflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.New laws require all vehicles to include a tire pressure monitor system, or... read more

  • Below 45 Degrees in KANSAS CITY: Consider Winter Tires

    Sunday 01 April 2018

    Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and KANSAS CITY drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. MO drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever.Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the KANSAS CITY area are much better designed for the wide r... read more

  • Automotive Tips from The Muffler Doctor: Tire Replacement Overview

    Monday 12 March 2018

    Tires are an expensive purchase, so knowing when tires should be replaced is important for KANSAS CITY drivers. Tires will just wear out with normal use. The depth of the tread on your tire determines how well it will stop, start and steer – especially in wet conditions. 4/32th of an inch (3.2 mm) of tire tread is considered a safe amount of tread.Uneven tread wear can be a symptom of other problems, and simply replacing your tires will not prevent the same uneven wear from happe... read more

  • Wheel Balancing at The Muffler Doctor

    Sunday 04 March 2018

    So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? KANSAS CITY drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on MO roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at The Muffler Doctor, it is usually not perf... read more

  • The Muffler Doctor Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

    Sunday 10 December 2017

    Welcome to the The Muffler Doctor automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet KANSAS CITY conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.That's called hydroplaning. If it's really bad, KANSAS CITY drivers can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the... read more

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