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Automotive Tips from Multistate Transmissions: Where Should New Tires Be Placed

When FORT WORTH drivers need to replace tires, they need to know how many they should get and on which axle they should be placed. Replacing a damaged tire may leave you with three others with significant wear, which could affect your traction control, stability control and anti-lock brake systems.If you can’t afford to replace all four tires at once, you should at least replace two on the same axle. New tires should always be put on the rear axle for stability in slippery conditions. Your friendly and professional Multistate Transmissions tire professional can help you know when your worn tires should be replaced, if you can have a damaged tire repaired as well as selecting the right tires for your needs.Give us a call.Multistate Transmissions3850 HEMPHILL STFORT WORTH, TX 7611081

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Tires and Wheels

Battery Replacement at Multistate Transmissions in FORT WORTH

Battery Replacement at Multistate Transmissions in FORT WORTH

Hello, welcome to Multistate Transmissions. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in FORT WORTH runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at Multistate Transmissions are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, they wear out and need to be replaced . This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold vehicle engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in TX, specifically how cold it is. (Many FORT WORTH drivers have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning.) The two factors are that the colder your vehicle's engine is, the more power it takes to turn the engine over to get it started. It has all that cold, sluggish oil to contend with.The other factor is that the chemical reaction in the battery that creates electrical energy is less efficient when the temperature d ... read more

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Battery

Fuel Injection Basics for FORT WORTH

Fuel Injection Basics for FORT WORTH

All modern FORT WORTH vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it's a topic FORT WORTH drivers need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount at the right timeto be mixed with air and burned in the engine.So how many fuel injectors does your vehicle have? There's one for each cylinder. So four, six or eight for most folks in FORT WORTH, TX. Some vehicles have 10 or 12 cylinders. The engine control computer makes adjustments to the fuel injector as it monitors the engine and other sensors. Fuel injectors are a pretty high-tech.Multistate Transmissions can help FORT WORTH drivers with a fuel injector cleaning service. What's the benefit? In order to work right, the fuel injectors have to deliver the fuel at a precise pressure at a very precise time. It's important that the fuel is sprayed in a particular pattern as determined by the engine design.Over time, va ... read more

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Fuel System

Automotive Tips from Multistate Transmissions: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

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 FORT WORTH.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 timing belt breaks or slips. When that happens one or more valves can be bent requiring expensive engine repairs.It is important for FORT WORTH drivers to replace their timing belts as recommended in their owner’s manual to avoid unnecessary breakdowns. Ask the team of professionals at Multistate Transmissions in FORT WORTH if it’s time for your timing belt to be replaced. Multistate Transmissions3850 HEMPHILL STFORT WORTH, TX 7611081

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Timing Belt

Cooling System Components

Cooling System Components

Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It's one of those things that FORT WORTH auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in TX.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don't you hate it when something breaks and you could have done something to prevent it?The good news is that if FORT WORTH drivers take care of their cooling systems, they can keep working for the life of their car.Here at Multistate Transmissions in FORT WORTH, we emphasize preventive maintenance services like replacing your coolant according to the factory schedule. But the various parts that make up the cooling system need attention too. The major components of the cooling system are the water pump, freeze plugs, the thermostat, radiator, cooling fans, the heater core, the pressure cap, the overflow tank and ... read more

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Cooling System

Selecting New Tires and Wheels

Selecting New Tires and Wheels

Some of us FORT WORTH drivers just love tires. All those little rubber hairs on new tires and the smell is wonderful. We live in a great time for tires. No matter how you drive around TX, where you want to go or the look you're after; there is a tire for you.The same is true about wheels. The hardest part is choosing from the thousands of wheels available at TX tire shops.The team at Multistate Transmissions can help you get some things in mind before you make a purchase. Let's start with function and think about how you drive.For example, maybe you have a large SUV but you don't drive off-road around TX, so an off-road tread isn't important. Also, because you are not out bouncing over rocks in the TX backcountry, you don't need a high profile tire to protect your rims. So that means you can probably go with the low-wide look.If you have a winter season with rain and snow or if you find you need better ice and snow performance, they make great, high-performance snow tires that won ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Watching Your Check Engine Light

Watching Your Check Engine Light

Did you know that most of the cars driving around FORT WORTH, TX, carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?New cars sold in the FORT WORTH area have as many as 12 networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. In fact, for the last decade or so, auto computers have been controlling about 85 percent of your vehicle's functions.Cars have sensors for manifold air temperature, coolant temperature, manifold air pressure, airflow, throttle position, vehicle speed and oxygen content. All of this electronic wizardry is pretty complicated. So how do FORT WORTH drivers know when there is a problem?It's simple; the Check Engine light comes on. The computer monitors all the sensors and uses that information to decide what to adjust such as the fuel mix, spark timing and idle speed. In addition, the computer monitors its own circuits. When it finds a fault, it turns on the Check Engine light and stores a trouble code in t ... read more

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Dashboard

Fall and Spring Inspection at Multistate Transmissions

Good vehicle care for us FORT WORTH 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 Multistate Transmissions in FORT WORTH for your vehicle is still good auto advice.First of all, there is a lot of preventive auto maintenance invo ... read more

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Maintenance

Fuel System Cleaning at Multistate Transmissions

Fuel System Cleaning at Multistate Transmissions

Is your vehicle sometimes hard to start early in the morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your vehicle's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your fuel economy. Most FORT WORTH vehicles have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. Fuel injection systems have fewer problems and require less adjustment. But they still need to be properly maintained. This is why your owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.Some FORT WORTH residents are interested in buying fuel system cleaners that they can pour into their gas tank. You can do that - and there are lots of great products available that can help maintain an already clean fuel system - but these products cannot do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see M ... read more

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Fuel System

Automotive Tips from Multistate Transmissions: Brake Noise

Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car when driving in FORT WORTH. They eventually wear down.When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound. That’s when FORT WORTH drivers should replace their brake pads at Multistate Transmissions. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.If your brakes are making noise, ask your Multistate Transmissions service advisor to inspect your brakes. Addressing problems early will restore your safety and prevent expensive brake damage.Multistate Transmissions3850 HEMPHILL STFORT WORTH, TX 7611081

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Brakes
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