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Multistate Transmissions Advice: Don't Overlook These 10 Automotive Services

Organization is the key to managing a busy life in TX. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep FORT WORTH residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write “oil change” every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to the safe operation of a vehicle, and they all need to be inspected. FORT WORTH residents can't afford to overlook any of them.The following is a list of preventive maintenance services that are often overlooked by vehicle owners in the FORT WORTH area. They are not presented in any particular order.1. Multistate Transmissions Power Steering Service. Moisture gradually builds up in your power steering fluid, which can lead to corrosion in your steering system. The fluid also gets dirty, which can gum up your steering system. The fluid needs to be replaced periodically.2. Multistate Transmissions Wheel Alignment. Wheels that are out of alig ... read more

Questions to Ask Your FORT WORTH Service Advisor

Questions to Ask Your FORT WORTH Service Advisor

We find that a lot of FORT WORTH drivers are a little tentative when they talk with their automotive advisors. They want to ask questions but don't want to be embarrassed or seem pushy. Vehicles are very complicated and there's more to know about them than most of us have the time to learn. Maybe it's because vehicles have become so much more reliable that the average person just doesn't need to know as much to keep their vehicle on the road.You know, your local hospital has a Patient's Bill of Rights that they post throughout the hospital. We think our FORT WORTH automotive service customers also have a right to ask any question they need to understand what is wrong with their car and what it will take to fix it. They need to feel free to ask the cost and benefits of recommended services. And they certainly have a right to understand the financial end of the transaction.It's all about the communication. It's a little harder when you're trying to find the rig ... read more

Hitting The Brakes In Lehi

Hitting The Brakes In Lehi

Hello FORT WORTH, let's talk about brakes. But the mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There's also the power brake pump and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes.Let's step back. A new vehicle or truck rolls off a local FORT WORTH showroom floor. It has brand new brakes with brand new brake pads. The brake lines and pump are filled with fresh fluid and are completely clean inside. And the tires are brand new, with full tread. It is ready to go.Naturally, braking power is at its peak performance. Now the miles/kilometers start to add up on the vehicle. FORT WORTH drivers tend to focus on the brake pads. In the automotive business, the pads and shoes on drum brakes are called the friction material. That's because they provide the friction used to stop the vehicle. The pads are designed to be effective throughout their useful life – it's not until they are worn so thin as to be ... read more

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Brakes

Power Steering Service at Multistate Transmissions in FORT WORTH

Power Steering Service at Multistate Transmissions in FORT WORTH

Many FORT WORTH drivers have been hearing about technological advances in power steering, specifically electric power steering. Some very high-end cars have been featuring electric power steering. Power steering fluid has the necessary hydraulic properties and the ability to lubricate the internal parts. The power steering fluid also protects vehicle components from rust and corrosion.FORT WORTH car owners should be aware that vehicle manufacturers recommend that the fluid be replaced on schedule. At Multistate Transmissions, the old fluid is drained and the system cleaned thoroughly. Fresh fluid is then installed.Unfortunately, many FORT WORTH drivers don't realize how important it is to service their power steering, and some may not even know that it's necessary in the first place. A neglected power steering system can develop leaks that will shorten the life of the pump.FORT WORTH drivers ... read more

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Alignment

What FORT WORTH Automotive Service Consumers Should Know

What FORT WORTH Automotive Service Consumers Should Know

There are some things drivers should know about FORT WORTH car service and repair. First and foremost, Multistate Transmissions cares about you and your family's safety. And we really appreciate your business. Multistate Transmissions in FORT WORTH wants to build a trusting relationship that becomes the foundation for a mutually beneficial experience for years to come.Building on that foundation, there are some things that would help you understand the auto service and repair business better. First, it can be really hard to fix vehicles. The days of shade tree mechanics are long gone. The majority of automotive systems are computerized. It takes a lot of training and very expensive equipment to diagnose and repair modern vehicles. The pros who work for Multistate Transmissions need extensive computer training – not just how to run the diagnostic systems, but also searching for the right parts, networking with other technicians to help them with a d ... read more

Multistate Transmissions: Good Service and Good Fuel Economy

Multistate Transmissions: Good Service and Good Fuel Economy

Most FORT WORTH auto owners want to save on gas and seek our advice on improving economy. At Multistate Transmissions, we are frequently asked, however, if it is really worth the extra effort. Just how much money can FORT WORTH drivers actually save?In today's Multistate Transmissions article, we're focusing on the things you can do to improve your vehicle’s economydriving around TX. We'll tell you the potential savings per gallon of gas at $3.50, and we'll show a chart that also shows the savings at $3.00 and $4.00.   DOLLARS PER GALLON $3.00 / $3.50 / $4.00 TUNE UP 4%.12.14.16 The next item is replacing a clogged engine air filter. Your engine needs enough air to burn fuel efficiently for the best mileage. A clean air filter means you get plenty of air. The fact that the air's clean protects your engine. That can save you up to 10 percent or 35 cents a gallon.   DOLLARS PER GALLON ... read more

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Fuel System

FORT WORTH Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

Any FORT WORTH driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for FORT WORTH residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example of this is the serpentine belt.The serpentine belt gets its name because of its circuitous path around the engine. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine and powers a number of systems, as follows:1. The serpentine belt spins the compressor that generates the cool air for the air conditioning system.2. The serpentine belt powers the alternator. The alternator generates electricity for use in the vehicle's electrical systems and to charge the battery. Without the alternator, the battery wouldn't last more than a few miles.3. In many FORT WORTH residents' vehicles, the serpentine belt runs the pumps for both the power steering and the power brakes. In other vehicles, the power steer ... read more

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Timing Belt

Ask Multistate Transmissions: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

Ask Multistate Transmissions: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

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 maybe you can live without air conditioning and power steering for a while, but your battery can't live very long without an alternator, and when the cooling system goes down, your vehicle engine will overheat. That's why FORT WORTH drivers should never wait to get a serpentine belt replaced.Serpentine belts are fairly inexpensive at Multistate Transmissions in FORT WORTH. And they look downright cheap when you compare them to the cost of an overheated vehicle engine, a tow truck, time lost on th ... read more

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Timing Belt

Exhaust Service at Multistate Transmissions: Passing the Smell Test

Exhaust Service at Multistate Transmissions: Passing the Smell Test

The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most FORT WORTH residents realize. It contains everything from old-fashioned pipes and clamps to sophisticated computers and sensors. All TX folks know a properly functioning exhaust system is good for the environment, but sometimes we forget that a damaged exhaust system can be deadly. That's why preventive maintenance on your exhaust system is so important. We can help you with that at Multistate Transmissions in FORT WORTH.The exhaust manifold is the first component in your exhaust system. The manifold is attached to the engine. It collects the gases that are produced by the engine and directs them into the exhaust pipes. At this point, these gases are both hot and chemically dangerous.One of the gases produced in your engine is carbon monoxide. This gas is colorless and odorless. Breathing it can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and drowsiness. Continue breathing it and you will die.To keep thi ... read more

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Exhaust

Severe Service Requirements

Severe Service Requirements

A lot of FORT WORTH drivers have asked whether or not they should use their severe service maintenance schedule, which is listed in their vehicle's  owner's  manual. It can be somewhat confusing, so we decided to consult an expert. Cricket Killingsworth is from QMI/Heartland, a manufacturer of automotive products and fluids. She's been in the automotive business for over 30 years and is a speaker, a trainer and a writer. Cricket says there's so much confusion on this topic because, "Most owner's manuals actually have two maintenance schedules. Sometimes these are called 'regular service' and 'severe service.' Sometimes they're simply called Schedule 1 and Schedule 2. A severe service schedule recommends that things like an oil change, air filter replacement and transmission service be done more often: either in fewer miles or in less time." Foreign and domestic vehicle manufacturers create a specific schedule for each vehicle they manufacture ... read more

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Maintenance
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