Today we’re going to review an important part of every vehicle, the transmission. Transmissions are heavy duty pieces of equipment designed to last a long time. But like any other machine, they’ll eventually wear out and need repair. So, let’s focus on what you can do to push that day off as far as possible. The first thing you can do is to make sure your transmission always has enough fluid. Transmission fluid cools and lubricates the transmission.
When there’s not enough fluid, the transmission will run hotter and wear out sooner. The transmission fluid also provides the pressure needed to transfer power from the engine to the transmission. Not enough fluid, and your transmission won’t shift properly. Our service center here at Elite Auto Repair will check your transmission fluid level with a full-service oil change, and top it off if needed. If you see any transmission fluid on the driveway (it’s a reddish color) have us inspect it for a leak. A gasket, hose or seal could be leaking and it may need to be repaired. That kind of repair is relatively inexpensive compared to the high-dollar service it might require if left unchecked. The next thing you can do to prolong the life of your transmission is to replace your transmission fluid on schedule. As you can imagine, all those gears grinding on each other result in lots of little bits of metal in the fluid. The more there is, the faster the transmission parts will wear out. Transmission fluid also contains detergents and other additives to protect your transmission. These additives are depleted over time, so old fluid doesn’t protect as well as new fluid. Your owners manual or Elite Auto Repair Service Advisor will have a recommendation for when you should have your transmission serviced. If your transmission isn’t shifting as smoothly as it should, or if you suspect a transmission leak, let us take a look at it right away. And ask if it’s time for a transmission service. Regular maintenance and taking care of small leaks right away will help your transmission last as long as possible and keep your wallet happy!
Despite the presence of cars in almost everything we do, usually we know little more than the fact they take us places–and they need gas. Unless you have a mechanical background, chances are you have no idea what goes on underneath the hood of your car. In an effort to better our understanding of a tool we use with so much frequency, below are some common misconceptions about how to maintain a car.
With the price of gas continuing to increase, many people are looking for ways of increasing their car’s fuel efficiency. The more miles per gallon you can get, the less you have to fill up and the more money you can save. While some would say the answer is to buy a hybrid vehicle, these cars are still fairly expensive, plus it makes no sense to buy a new car if the one you’re currently driving isn’t that old and is in good running condition.