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!
There are four major ways that are considered the best in calculating the value of your car. Choosing which way is the best for you will depend on which method is most convenient and how you plan on selling your vehicle. Thorough research on your particular vehicle will arm you with the tools you need to get the best price possible.
Did you know you should have your vehicle inspected at least once every year or so? This is because you need to do some preventative maintenance yearly to avoid major problems. After all, most people go see their doctor, optometrist, and dentist once a year so any major health issues can be caught and dealt with as early as possible. You need to do the same for your car. The beginning of the fall is the perfect time to have this preventative maintenance done.