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!
One of our favorites, The Monday Morning Mechanic, shows how hitting a pothole or curb can lead to broken shocks and struts and misaligned wheels. These can lead to decreased fuel efficiency, tires that wear much faster than normal, and wasted money. Your best bet is to bring your vehicle into a trusted ASE-Certified auto repair shop (May I suggest Elite Auto Repair?) and have your alignment checked along with your shocks and struts! Come in for a front end alignment check today!
This week were going deep inside the Petersen Automotive vault in the first of a two-part series to show you some of the most important cars in automotive history. Cars featured in this episode: 1885 Benz (Replica), 1912 De Dion Bouton, 1967 Ford GT40 MK III, Ford Thunderbird, 1955 Porsche (356) Continental, 1967 Dodge Coronet, 1967 Toyota 2000GT, Foose Sniper, 1925 Ford Golden Star, 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta, 1929 DuPont Model G, 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom, 1939 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante.