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Our Specialists answer those Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How long does it take to check my transmission?

A:  Checking your transmission requires an external diagnostic service which includes checking the level and condition of the transmission fluid, road testing your car, and a diagnosis of external transmission controls.  In total, you can expect this service to take approximately 90 minutes.

Q:  How much can I expect to pay for a transmission repair?

A:  The price to repair a transmission depends on several factors.  These include determining the cause of your transmission problem, the condition and type of transmission in your car and the type of service that needs to be done.  We offer a diagnostic service to identify how to fix your problem and keep your costs to a minimum.  An external diagnostic service includes checking the level and condition of the transmission fluid

Q:  How often should I have my transmission checked?

A:  Consult your owner's manual for recommended maintenance schedules, but practicing preventative maintenance can extend your car and transmission's life.   We recommend an annual check of  your vehicle's transmission in order to catch little problems before they become big problems. 

Q:  What kind of transmission fluid should my car use?

A:  Different transmissions require different types of transmission fluid. Our shop offer several quality transmission fluid brands.  We recommend that you change your fluid ever 25,000 to 35,00 miles as part of our regular suggested maintenance.  This also includes replacing the filter or cleaning the screen, replacing the pan gasket, performing a final leak check, and performing a final road test.

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Transmission Tips

Some tips on prolonging the life of your transmission.

Tip #3: Service your transmission regularly

Transmission fluids have a number of unique properties that can wear out over time. And when they wear out, you can bet the transmission itself won't be far behind. One of the best ways to keep your transmission in good working order is to have it serviced annually. A complete fluid and filter change every year can add years to your transmission's life, and in the end, save you money.

Tip #4: Tune the engine

The engines and transmissions in today's cars are linked far more closely than in the past. A problem with engine performance can put much more strain on the transmission than one that's running properly. That's another reason why it's important to keep your car's engine in good running order. A good running engine reduces the stress on your transmission, so the transmission can last longer without requiring major repairs.

Tip #5:  Help the Transmission Shift

Virtually all transmission wear takes place during the shifts; almost none occurs between the shifts. So one way to reduce transmission wear is to reduce the load during the shift. Pay attention to the speed when your transmission shifts normally. Then, just before the normal shift speed, learn to back off the gas just a bit. Easing off the gas will force the shift, while reducing the load on the clutches: A sure way to improve transmission life.

Tip #1: Check  the fluid level

The fluid in an automatic transmission operates the clutches, provides cooling and lubrication, and even drives the vehicle. So few things are more important than proper fluid operating level for keeping the transmission working. Most automatic transmissions have a dipstick for checking the fluid level. If you're not sure where yours is or how to check the transmission fluid level, refer to your owners manual.

Tip #2: Check transmission problems promptly

Most transmission problems start out small and get worse over time. You can often eliminate major repairs  by taking care of the problem early on. Whether it's a warning light on the dash, a few drops of fluid on the garage floor, or a change in the way the transmission operates, your best bet is to take your car in for service right away. In many cases you'll be able to avoid a major repair simply by catching it while it's still a minor one.

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