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Learning the Basics: Your Power Steering

A Hard Day’s Driving It’s difficult to think about it nowadays but time was that operating a car was a physically exhausting prospect. This isn’t the typical drowsy driving that plagues so many people today, where you’re likely to doze off because driving has become easier by the year (with some cars being fully self-driving).  No, this fatigue was due to exertion. Cars and trucks weren’t just big, they relied on torque that needed [...]

By |2021-11-11T19:31:14+00:00November 11, 2021|Automotive Info|Comments Off on Learning the Basics: Your Power Steering

Does a Manual Transmission Last Longer?

Manual transmissions are praised for supposedly lasting longer than their automatic rivals. But is that true? Various factors affect the life of a vehicle’s transmission, but the short answer is that yes, a manual transmission tends to last longer than an automatic. Layton car repair pros from Master Muffler take a look at why. Lifespan of a Manual Transmission With the right driver and maintenance, a manual transmission could last up to 120,000 miles [...]

By |2021-10-09T22:08:25+00:00October 7, 2021|Automotive Info|Comments Off on Does a Manual Transmission Last Longer?

Car Basics: The Catalytic Converter

The Industrial Revolution is often rightly credited as the moment in time when humanity, fresh from its Enlightenment, put its newly-developed scientific and philosophical reason into gear and brought forth the modern world, formed in the chrysalis of technology. To travel back in time to the end of the 19th Century, as the Industrial Revolution was coming to an end, Europe would be a loud and polluted continent, alive with the clangs and exhaust [...]

By |2021-09-13T16:08:52+00:00September 7, 2021|Automotive Info|Comments Off on Car Basics: The Catalytic Converter

Don’t Be a Crash Test Dummy

Do you remember those commercials featuring the crash test dummies in vehicles? They were part of a public service campaign that aired in the late 1980s, featuring dummies by the names Vince and Larry. They were so popular that a line of action figures was created for kids in the 90s. What these dummies and toys aimed to do was teach the importance of buckling up every time you’re in your vehicle. The slogan, [...]

By |2021-07-25T22:44:36+00:00August 2, 2021|Automotive Info|Comments Off on Don’t Be a Crash Test Dummy

Automotive Basics: The Exhaust System

In addition to offering Layton car repair services such as alignments and tune-ups, Master Muffler also provides standard and custom exhaust replacement and upgrades. Did you know your exhaust system does more than just remove toxic emissions from your car’s engine?  Functions of the Exhaust System In addition to funneling gases and fumes away from the cabin of your car, your exhaust system performs a number of other functions. Whether you’re working with the [...]

By |2021-07-12T15:36:43+00:00July 12, 2021|Automotive Info|Comments Off on Automotive Basics: The Exhaust System

What Makes a Car Safe?

Before a car ever makes it to your driveway, it’s been tested for a variety of passive and active safety features.  Safety First These days, all vehicles are tested for the following to gauge what makes a car safe. Crashworthiness: Cars are designed to absorb the impact of a crash. Their ability to crumple on impact is intended to protect the occupants. Older cars, built more like tanks, will hit an object and just [...]

By |2021-06-14T18:06:04+00:00June 14, 2021|Driving Safety, Safety and Emissions|Comments Off on What Makes a Car Safe?

Top Safety Picks 2021

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) yearly round of vehicle tests has arrived and they have named their latest Top Safety Picks for the year 2021. These honors are awarded after a series of robust examinations of the year’s current slate of new cars, centering their tests on two essential components of road safety: crashworthiness﹘that is, the ability of the car to protect its occupants in the moment of an accident﹘and crash avoidance [...]

By |2021-05-10T16:23:08+00:00May 13, 2021|Automotive Info, Driving Safety|Comments Off on Top Safety Picks 2021

From Tank to Tailpipe: The Journey of Your Vehicle’s Fuel

Let’s briefly outline the mathematics of average fuel consumption. The average car holds about 14 gallons of gasoline. The average driver is filling up their car about 50 times per year. The average lifespan of a car is almost 12 years. This means that the average car will consume about 8,400 gallons of gasoline throughout its lifetime which brings the grand total of the gas bill to over $25,000.  Now, to some, it may [...]

By |2021-04-15T20:25:33+00:00April 15, 2021|Automotive Info|Comments Off on From Tank to Tailpipe: The Journey of Your Vehicle’s Fuel

9 Money-Saving Driving Tips

When it comes to car health, circumstance can have a significant bearing. Perhaps through manufacturer negligence or complications with the previous owner, your vehicle has you in the shop more than you would like. That being said, another large determinant of your car’s overall health and longevity is you, the driver. Poor driving habits over an extended period of time can prove costly for any car owner and decrease the life and resale value [...]

By |2021-03-16T16:56:34+00:00March 16, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 9 Money-Saving Driving Tips

Stretch That Tire Mileage

Because of continuing circumstances, many are avoiding flight and taking to the road for their long-planned vacations. More than ever drivers need to be on top of their vehicle game.  Are you getting your brakes checked and oil changed?  What about proper tune-ups?  Do you have a good Utah mechanic? One of the most frustrating and costly roadblocks for any driver is tire wear.  No one wants to leave the mechanic with a perfect [...]

By |2021-01-29T00:24:44+00:00January 20, 2021|Automotive Info|Comments Off on Stretch That Tire Mileage
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