Category Archives: Technical Articles

Thermal Bypass Valves 101 – What are they and How do they Work

The automatic transmission in your vehicle is practically the defining feature of the vehicle. The sturdy gear sets housed inside, transferring power from the engine, are the gatekeeper to hauling heavy payloads, traversing treacherous rock gardens, or setting blistering lap times. No matter how powerful your engine is, without the transmission, your vehicle is dead weight. 

Where the transmission is the soul of your car, truck, or Jeep, keeping it cool can sometimes pose a challenge. True, there are many ways to maintain transmission fluid temperatures, but they won't do you any good if the … Continue Reading ››

Chill Out – Coolant Basics and why not to Mix them

Keeping your engine temperature in check is essential to your vehicle running at peak performance. Overheating can lead to gasket failures or even warping and damage to critical engine components. Here at Mishimoto, we have plenty of experience keeping your engines cool through hardware, but we rarely dive into the coolant running through the heat exchangers and cooling passages.

The mixing of these various coolant makeups is often debated since some play nice with each other, while others will cause trouble within your cooling system. Before we get into that, let’s dive into the different … Continue Reading ››

Air Metering 101: Maf vs. Speed Density

Every internal combustion requires air and fuel to run correctly. No matter how complex the engines can get, the perfect mixture of oxygen and gas or diesel is needed to continue the series of controlled explosions that ultimately propel you to work in the morning. In the days of yore, otherwise known as the time basically before the 1980s, this mixture is achieved with the lost art of carburetor tuning. We're no longer in the stone ages, so modern engines rely on electronic fuel injection or EFI to accomplish the perfect fuel mixture. The vehicle's computer sorts it … Continue Reading ››

12 Ways To Prepare Your Diesel For Winter

Proper vehicle preparation and maintenance can ensure your truck survives the low temperatures of winter. We put together a list of 12 items you can complete to give you peace of mind as the temperatures drop. We recommend starting this list around October if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere and May if you’re south of the equator. Follow this checklist to make sure you’re ready for the season ahead.