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What Goes Into a Transmission

You, most likely, have never placed hands on a transmission. If you have, come down and hang out with us at the shop – we love talking grease monkey work…

For everyone else, the odds of you messing with a transmission is slim to none. The closest most people get to transmission work is when things go really bad with theirs. Why “really bad”? You typically don’t know anything has gone wrong wrong until it’s gone terribly wrong.

The transmission in your car has approximately 1,293,425 moving parts (that’s hyperbole) and as one or two of those parts fail to function properly you transmission starts working harder – and you don’t notice a thing.

So, Do You Know If You Need Transmission Service?

There is virtually no way of assessing your transmission over the phone or through email. With so many moving parts, we want to know and see everything before we diagnose any problems.

There are a few things you can pay attention to which will indicate something may be wrong.

One is you feel like you’re driving in a certain gear and your vehicle shifts gears for no apparent reason. Another thing you may noticed is you feel rough shifts, like your transmission is refusing to change gears or doesn’t change gears smoothly.

Delayed engagement, noticing fluid leaks and, most obviously, the check engine light are all indicators something may be wrong

What We Examine In Your Transmission

When we look at a vehicle’s transmission we will examine the following (and admittedly is mechanic speak, but we want you to see that we actually have a list we go through):

  • Switch and solenoid function
  • Engine RPM
  • Throttle Linkage
  • Modulators
  • Transmission Mounts
  • U-Joints
  • Fluid Retention
  • Electronic systems diagnosis
  • Honesty About Your Transmission

One of the ways we’ve maintained a stellar rating on all the review sites is we ALWAYS tell you the truth about your vehicle. So, here’s the truth about your transmission – if you bring it in RIGHT NOW for inspection you could save yourself thousands of dollars.

Transmission issues can compound when left unattended so if you have the SLIGHTEST feeling that your transmission may have issues, get it to us today!

Have a Different Issue?

You may not experience any of the symptoms above but you’re hearing or feeling something that isn’t right. Consider this a personal invitation to reach out to us and get a time schedule to come in and let us take care of you and your vehicle – it’s what we do.

Call us, (480) 336-2889 or send an email below

Speaking of transmissions…

Your automatic transmission may be working overtime.

You drive your car every day, rushing to work, hurrying to drop the kids off at school – maybe just trying to escape the Arizona heat for a weekend getaway.

As someone who depends on your vehicle, there are certain things you “just know.” More than nearly anything else, it has been drilled into our heads – Change your engine oil every 3,000-5,000 miles. We do this – RELIGIOUSLY.

If we are so aware and alert about changing our oil, something that is the lifeblood of our engine, why do we tend to overlook our automatic transmissions? The auto transmission has more moving parts than any other item in your car. It is responsible for taking all that power from your engine, and turning it into go-power to make your car move.

What Does A Transmission Look Like?

Figure 1

Figure 1

Figure 1 is a cross section of a typical transmission – Including parts such as clutches, bearings, planetary gears, seals, gaskets, torque converter, and many more important items that make your car move down the road.

 

Figure 2

Figure 2

Figure 2 is a cross section of your transmission’s valve body – It is the brain of your transmission, and includes tiny pistons, valves, electronic solenoids, and springs that make your transmission operate seamlessly.

As you can see, your automatic transmission has approximately 1,293,425 moving parts that can fail at any given time – most of which have funny names and odd job descriptions.

What You Need to Know About Your Transmission

The point of this article isn’t to scare you with technical details, but rather to educate you as to the needs and intricacy of your automatic transmission. Some manufacturers recommend servicing your transmission fluid as early as 30,000 miles, others at 60,000 miles, and more yet not until 100,000. This fluid is the lifeblood of your transmission – It lubricates, cools, and allows all of the parts to do their jobs properly.

Old, dirty, or burnt transmission fluid can cause your transmission to quickly overheat and eventually break down. If you don’t know the last time yours was serviced, give us a call. We’d be happy to take a quick look at no charge.

Have a Different Issue?

You may not experience any of the symptoms above but you’re hearing or feeling something that isn’t right. Consider this a personal invitation to reach out to us and get a time schedule to come in and let us take care of you and your vehicle – it’s what we do.

Call us, (480) 336-2889 or send an email below