We recommend having your transmission checked once a year so that you get any problems fixed before they worsen.
WHEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY TRANSMISSION FLUID?
Transmission fluid should be changed every 25,000 to 35,000 miles as part of regular maintenance. This also includes replacing the filter or cleaning the screen, replacing the pan gasket, and performing a final leak-check. However, you should always consult your owner’s manual as driving conditions vary and you may need more frequent maintenance.
WHAT SOUND SHOULD I LISTEN FOR IF I SUSPECT A PROBLEM?
Naturally, any noise coming from the transmission is a sign that you may have a transmission problem. If you hear a “clunking” while changing gears or a “clicking” while in 4-wheel drive, you may have a transmission problem as well. Check to see that your transmission fluid level is full and if that doesn’t fix the problem, you may need to bring your vehicle to a shop.
HOW LONG WILL THE REPAIR TAKE?
Minor services can be performed the same day. A rebuilt transmission can take several days so that your transmission can be properly removed, reconditioned or rebuilt, and reinstalled. To expedite the process, we recommend making an appointment if possible.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
That depends on a few things. Prices range depending on how the type of problem your vehicle has. Most transmissions have over 2,000 parts these days, so the problem can’t always be determined immediately. After performing an external diagnostic and understanding exactly what’s wrong with your vehicle we’ll be able to tell you whether you need minor repairs, work on the computer or a rebuilt transmission. We always keep your costs to a minimum and never suggest unnecessary work.
WHAT CAN I CHECK FOR MYSELF?
Check the ground for transmission fluid leaks. Make sure the fluid does not smell and is not burnt. Check to see if there are obstructions near the radiator and air ducts.
WHY ARE YOU QUALIFIED?
We are a full-service transmission shop. If you think you are having a problem with your transmission we will perform a full diagnostic test. This external diagnostic will tell us if you’ll need external repair or adjustment. Other times, you might have electronic problems, and in other cases you may need a rebuilt transmission. However, if we determine that the problem isn’t with your transmission, we can repair your vehicle after we know the exact nature of the problem.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A PROBLEM?
There are several reasons to think you may be experiencing a transmission problem. Among the warning signs are the following: problems while changing gears, noises from the transmission, problems when the car reaches extreme temperatures (either hot or cold), leaking, burnt, or discolored transmission fluid, and problems when stopping or accelerating.