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Preventative Transmission Maintenance

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Keeping your car or truck on the road with preventative transmission maintenance and repair is important. Just as you have other parts of your car serviced, your transmission need proper maintenance to guarantee a long life as well as to avoid frequent transmission problems.

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Can’t I Do Transmission Repair Myself?

Can’t I do transmission repair myself?  If you know 100% the steps you have to take to not only tear down your transmission, but to rebuild it as well, then by all means.  However, when such a problem arises and you don’t know what you’re doing,  you should get your car or truck repaired by a professional. Their transmission service usually consists of a complete diagnosis of your transmission’s performance and general operation. Most of these procedures will be performed twice by a technician which allows for double checking of your transmission’s key system providing you with added assurance.

Transmission repair provider usually performs Multi-Check Inspection which includes:

Fluid Check

Road Test

Lift Inspection or Diagnosis

Pan Examination

Transmission Fluid Check

Fluid check indicates thew first sign of possible wear or damage. Normally, a faultless transmission has a clear red fluid. However, if it is discolored or has unpleasant odor this may be an indication of internally wear and damage which occurs as you drive your car or truck. These and other symptoms require an internal inspection of your transmission.

Road Test

This is the most detailed part of the Multi-Check inspection. It consists of two road tests, a stationary test and driving test. Every position of your transmission will be tested thoroughly for soft, harsh or erratic shifting, slipping or other noises including late or early shift patterns.

Lift Inspection

During lift inspection, the technician will check the following to determine if a minor adjustment will correct the problem with your transmission.

Neutral Switch

Engine RPM

Throttle Linkage

Modulators

Transmission Mounts

U-Joints

Fluid Retention

Electronic Controls

Transmission Service:  Start With the Pan

Pan Examination

This is the most important part of the Multi-Check inspection as it provides both you and the technician with a partial look inside your transmission. This service basically determines exactly what is wrong inside your transmission. In most pans, some metal particles and friction materials are present but an excessive amount indicates internal wear and damage. In this case, a minor adjustment may correct the problem.  In a later article, we will cover more checks that occur during a transmission service, but for now, know that your mechanic does a lot with your transmission.

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What You Need to Know About Transmission Repair

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Transmission repair is something that most people dread.  However, there are repairs, and there are others that are way worse…

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Why Call a Transmission Repair Shop in Mesa, AZ?

Why should you call a transmission repair shop in Mesa, AZ? For one, you could find yourself in a world of trouble.  Why? Well, you have to understand a transmission and what it typically takes to fix it.  Transmission repairs are delicate and require professional assistance. Automatic transmissions are more sophisticated than manual ones, but even manuals can be challenging. While transmissions are an essential part of any car or truck, they can be one of the most challenging areas when it comes to repair. In the event of breakage or any form of damage, one needs to get a professional to do the repair. The delicate nature of the transmission system specifically the automated system requires a professional touch and comprehensive understanding of the whole system.

The automatic transmission provides the vehicle with power. Issues with transmissions can affect your entire vehicle. It is important that one get professional repairs when it comes to automatic transmission. Automatic transmission repair is delicate and for this reasons you should get a professional to do the repairs.

Professionals strive for customer satisfaction. Just the feeling of failing to deliver rakes the egos of professionals. Professionals hate to fail to meet the customers’ expectations. For this reason, they will deliver all that is needed to get the system in the right way. Working with professionals gives you an advantage in extensive care that is targeted at ensuring that the machine works as it should. However, it isn’t just workman’s pride or professionalism that should be considered as reasons to get professional repair done.

Transmission Repair: Interconnected Components

A transmission, whether automatic or manual is an interconnected series of gears and components.  The wrong component out of place can potentially damage your transmission and cost you a lot of money in repair costs.

When it comes to automatic transmission repair, there are certain details that have to match. This is an automated system that involves as integration of various electrical and mechanical systems. The likelihood of failure of one or two parts of the system falling into place is high. Customers will always miss to realize the true satisfaction that they are seeking in their machines simply because of the complications that is involved.

You need a professional to bring up the whole transmission system because professionals understand both the theory and the practical part of the system.  We will cover this more in a later article, but for now, just know that you should never try this sort of repair at home.

So remember, your car costs a lot.  So does your transmission.  With that said, call a professional for transmission repair.

What You Need to Know About Transmission Repair Contd…

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Transmission Problems and Transmission Repair Mesa (Contd.)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Transmission repair Mesa depends on knowing the signs of trouble.

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Find the right transmission repair shop in Mesa | (480) 447-2727

As we covered in an earlier article on this subject, a lot of these common transmission problems can be avoided.

More Common Transmission Problems

Whining and Clunking sounds in any car should be reason enough for one to visit a garage and get the problem checked. Telling whether your car is experiencing a transmission problem might be some how difficult but the moment your car starts emitting unusual noises then you need to get a professional to fix it. These sounds are mostly common when one is shifting gears or when accelerating.
Low level of the automatic transmission fluid is another clear sign that the car is experiencing transmission problems. The fact that the fluid level is easy to tell acts as an advantage to the driver as he or she will be able to get fixed in time. Unlike the motor oil, the transmission fluid is never consumed by the car and should therefore be at the original level at all times. The fluid ensures proper transmission in the car and therefore needs to be checked on regular basis.
Grinding or shaking when engaging a gear should worry any driver because a car that is in good working condition is always expected to run smoothly without any complications. If neglected the condition may worsen to a point that it will become extremely difficult to shift into the next gear and there will be more shaking in the process. This condition is best resolved by a professional because various parts of the gear system or the clutch may be worn out and in need of replacements.
Burning smell being emitted from your car is one of the easiest symptoms to tell that the car is indeed in a bad shape. This symptom in itself is very scary and therefore getting a professional to inspect the car should come naturally from any driver. A burning smell in a vehicle may come as a result of a leak in the transmission fluid. The fluid ensures there is no friction in the transmission system therefore friction will definitely cause damage to the car without it. Any burning smell from the car should be a cause of concern as the problem can result into greater damages when not checked immediately.
Noisy transmission when the gear is in neutral is also a worrying trend but can easily be fixed by addition of transmission fluid or changing the entire fluid. Drivers are however advised to still seek a professional’s advice just in case the transmission problem is a severe one.

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Transmission Problems and Transmission Repair Mesa

Friday, November 7th, 2014
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Transmission problems can happen to every transmission from simple manual ones to complex computer controlled automatic transmissions.

What an Automatic Transmission Does

Automatic transmissions basically ensure that vehicles function properly. The transmission functions by shifting gears, changing the car or truck’s speed and providing power to the wheels. Since it does so much and has so many complex moving parts, however, it can experience  wear  and  tear and require transmission service. Transmission problems are common with vehicles that are not well maintained.

For example, just by checking and replacing the transmission fluid regularly, it can prevent any transmission repair from being major.  Occasionally, it can be due to technical issues, all of which should be solved by a transmission repair shop Mesa. Identifying a mechanical problem may be a difficult task for those who are not well trained and you will need a professional to be able to tell where the exact problem is so that it can be repaired.

Fixing a mechanical problem can be costly especially when the car is severely damaged and needs replacements of certain parts so any driver is usually advised to ensure that his or her car’s transmission is properly working at all times. That’s why as your transmission repair shop Mesa, we recommend that you get regular transmission service done on your vehicle at every 15,000 miles on the average, however, the definitive word on when you should do this should always be your car or truck’s owner’s manual.  It’s often troubling to see people leaving their owner’s manual in their trunk or in the glove compartment of their vehicle.

Common Transmission Problems

There are several problems that commonly occur with transmissions.  Lack of response while engaging the gear is a clear sign of transmission failure and should always be given special attention by a driver. This type of transmission error is easy to tell by any driver as the vehicle is always expected to go into gear whenever the driver shifts from one gear to another. With a manual transmission, the car will tend to go at a slower speed than the sound of the engine. In most cases the clutch is always found to be faulty and needing a replacement but one should be quick to take the car to be checked by a mechanic because the vehicle might be having a more severe problem.  We will cover this more in a later article, but for now, make sure that you don’t try to do this on  your own.

If you’re experiencing problems with your transmission, don’t wait.  Get into a transmission repair shop Mesa immediately.

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Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
(480) 447-2727
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How to Diagnose Automatic Transmission Problems (Contd.)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Want to know how to fix your transmission?  Read on…

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Common Transmission Problems

Transmission problems usually fit into a few neat categories. First off, either your transmission won’t go at all or it goes, but it does not go smoothly.  Surprisingly, a good chunk of these problems are all tied to your transmission fluid and it’s level.  If your transmission fluid is lower than it should be, your car won’t shift properly.  If your transmission fluid is also too low, it can ultimately cause more damage to your transmission and bring your car or truck to a grinding halt. How do you stop this from happening?

First off, it’s a good idea to check your transmission fluid from time to time. Check your transmission fluid at least two times per year. If you have low transmission fluid, then you have even more problems down the pike. What causes transmission fluid to be low? One of two things usually. Either when you changed your fluid the last time, your mechanic didn’t put the right amount in, or more than likely, you have a leak somewhere.

A lot of people don’t realize that something as simple as replacing your transmission fluid can solve a great many transmission issues.  Without proper lubrication, your transmission’s many gears will be grinding against one another.  At first this isn’t a problem, but then one day, it will be too much and then snap! What would have been a simple fix now has become a major transmission repair.  Do you want to fix it yourself?  If so, be aware that it may be more difficult than you think.

Why Go to a Transmission Shop?

While it may seem that fixing your transmission yourself is cheaper, it actually isn’t.  First off you will need about $2000-5000 worth of tools.  You will need a way to get your car up high enough to remove the unit, and if you don’t know what you’re doing you will have a big learning curve.  Then once you have the transmission removed, you have to know how to diagnose what is wrong with the unit.  It could be a module going bad, or a planetary gear.  It could be something as simple as a gear going bad or that you need a new transmission filter.

When you add it all up, you actually pay more for a do it yourself repair job.  You would do a lot better to call a transmission repair shop in Mesa.

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11240 East Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
(480) 447-2727
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How to Diagnose Automatic Transmission Problems

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Fixing your car depends on a lot of knowledge, including knowing how to diagnose automatic transmission problems. How can you know something is up? Read on…

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Automatic Transmission Repair: What Makes Up a Transmission

Even though an automatic transmission is a complex assortment of gears and parts, all automatic transmissions can be broken down into the following components: the bell housing, the gears, the transmission fluid, and the filter. Let’s start with the bell housing. The bell housing is essentially your transmission case.  It is cone shaped, and when you take a look under your car, you can see it.  Want to know if your car is a front-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive?  If your bell housing is on the side of y our engine, right under your hood, then you have a front-wheel drive vehicle.  If the bell housing is located behind the engine, you have all wheel drive.  Next up is the gears.

What would a transmission be without gears. Even though you let your transmission shift them for you, an automatic transmission has a lot of gears which are divided into two types: main gears and planetary gears. Without them, your car won’t even move.  And what keeps all these gears working together?  Why, the lifeblood of your transmission, your transmission fluid. It’s ironic that we refer to transmission fluid as lifeblood.  When it is new, your transmission fluid is usually blood red.  Your transmission fluid lubricates your gears and keeps them from grinding together and breaking apart.

Transmission Fluid and Filters

A good 80% of transmission problems are tied to your transmission fluid.  If you don’t have the correct level of transmission fluid for example, your gears will start to wear, particularly if your transmission fluid is dirty.  Your transmission fluid should stay at the same level because your transmission is a sealed system.  If the transmission fluid is low, you most likely have a leak somewhere, most likely around a deal.  And what keeps your transmission fluid free of particles and dirt?  Your transmission filter.

So remember, that even though your automatic transmission seems complicated it is easier than you might think.  Just remember this short verse to diagnose automatic transmission problems:

Fluid, filter, case, and gears
Know all your transmission’s parts
And transmission problems are clear

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11240 East Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
(480) 447-2727
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How Can You Tell if Your Transmission is Going Part 2

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Part two of our series explores how you can tell your transmission is going.  Some transmission problems occur in gear, some happen however in the weirdest ways…

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Transmission Problems in Neutral

Most people think that transmission problems only happen when you shift, however, sometimes, how you can tell your transmission is going bad is the way it acts in neutral.  Again from the site HOWSTUFFWORKS.COM: “It seems intuitive that if you hear weird noises when the car should be shifting, that the transmission is acting up. But would you suspect it if things were going “bump” in neutral? Yes, it could be the transmission. Such sounds could have a simple and inexpensive solution — as with many of the problems on our list, adding or replacing the transmission fluid sometimes does the trick. Bear in mind that as is the case with engine oil, different vehicles do best with the specific formulation called for in the owner’s manual. Alternatively, lots of noises from the transmission while it’s in neutral could signal something more serious, like mechanical wear that will need the replacement of parts. [READ MORE]

So many times, something like changing the transmission fluid can resolve so many issues, but too often people neglect this one simple repair.  The truly sad thing is that changing the fluid is one of the cheapest repair jobs around, but people think it will cost more and put it off, only to find out what was a $100 repair job now costs $2000-3000.  Why?  Well, mechanical problems don’t get better on their own, they need to be fixed or they just get worse and affect other systems in your power train as well.

Transmission Service Vs. Transmission Repair

Just by following your owner’s manual and getting your car in for transmission service can save you a fortune in repair costs.  Why?  Well, there is big difference between transmission service and a full transmission repair job.  For one thing, usually scheduled services are covered by your warranty.  As a result, what you pay can often be minuscule  if you even have to pay.  It all depends on your warranty, obviously.  However, even without warranty coverage, transmission service is way cheaper than transmission repair.

So remember, that when your car is starting to have problems, it is usually not subtle.  There are smells that happen and sounds.  What is normally a smooth experience is rough.  So read your owner’s manual, and pay attention to your car, and when it is time, get it in for transmission service.

For more information on transmission problems, be sure to read part one of this series as well.

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11240 East Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
(480) 447-2727
http://www.trailtransmission.com/

Typical Transmission Problems Part 1: Fix your Ford Transmission

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Part one of a series on typical transmission problems explores problems you may encounter with a Ford sedan or truck

Ford Transmission Problems

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First off, let’s start with the basics.  As a rule, Fords use an automatic transmission, unless it is a 4 wheel drive vehicle, and then it will likely have a transfer case as well.  Of relatively newer model Fords, the ones with the most transmission problems are the Ford Fiesta, the Ford Focus, and the F-250 Truck.  A recent investigation by WTAE found that particularly in Fiestas and Focuses. As to why, it is all due to the design of the transmission of these vehicles.  According to Bill Visnic, senior editor at Edmunds.com:

“The Ford transmission is basically a hybrid of an automatic and a manual, aimed at improving gas mileage.

“In a dual-clutch, automated-manual sometimes you do feel those shifts and you do feel a little bit of roughness and maybe jerkiness because you’re just going directly from one gear to another,” he said.

Like a manual transmission, it’s trickier on hills, which may explain why Pittsburgh drivers have had a tougher time with it. Some drivers have complained their cars roll backward when they’re stopped on a hill.

“I do think roll-back has been one of the biggest problems with this transmission. It’s a very,very difficult thing,” Visnic said.

He said Ford has improved the transmission in the last two years and it’s issued technical service bulletins to help dealers make it shift more smoothly. But some drivers may never be satisfied.”

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Ford F-250 Transmission Problems

Ford F-250s are fairly durable pickups, however, they do have a few transmission problems.  A common problem is that the engine can flare up, and when going into 4th gear, the gearbox slips. If you encounter this problem, don’t suffer with it.  Get it in to a Ford dealer or a transmission repair shop to fix the issue.

This concludes part one of our series.  For more information, be sure to read part two as well.

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11240 East Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
(480) 447-2727
http://www.trailtransmission.com/

Transmission Service and Common Transmission Problems

Friday, April 25th, 2014

With as sophisticated as transmissions are, transmission problems can be easily categorized.  This article will explore what can go wrong with an automatic.

Transmission Problem # 1:  What Do I Do If My Transmission Won’t Shift?

Image courtesy of Surachai/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Surachai/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

If you find that you can’t shift gears at all, then first off, don’t panic.  The best method of how to diagnose a transmission problem is to start simple and work your way up.  Start by asking a lot of questions.

Are there any leaks under your car?  How long has it been since you’ve checked the transmission filter?  When was the last time you went in for transmission service?  These simple fixes will often solve the problem without an expensive repair.  If you check your transmission fluid and it is low, then you have a leak somewhere.  Your automatic transmission is a closed system, unlike your car’s oil system.  You can lose motor oil, but the only time you lose fluid from your transmission is when there is a leak.  However, it isn’t just leaks you want to look out for in your transmission. Look for the color too.  Transmission fluid should always be a bright red.  If your fluid is dark colored, it’s about 80% certain your transmission filter is bad.  But what about when your transmission shifts roughly

Transmission Problem #2:  It Shifts, But Lurches

Except for rare problems, a lot of times the transmission fluid and filter are the same culprits if your car is shifting roughly or if it is lurching.  If that isn’t the issue, then you may have a more serious transmission problem on your hands.  Just remember though, start simple before you panic.

A lot of problems can be solved a simple inspection, both by you and by the mechanic of your choice.  If you need to get your transmission fixed, however, take it to a professional.

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11240 East Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
(480) 447-2727

Symptoms of Automatic Transmission Problems Part III

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
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Mesa Transmission Repair Shop

Getting your car in and having the fluid checked at a transmission repair shop is a very good idea, particularly if it’s been a while since  you last had it done.  Simply changing transmission fluid can save you a major repair later on.  However, you also need to be aware of how your transmission is behaving when you use it on a daily basis.  One thing as discussed in Part I and  Part II of this series is the fact that sounds are one possible symptom of problems.

Noisy Transmission- You Need Repair

Your car is in neutral, or it’s idling, and it’s making noise. Sometimes, it’s just needing a bit of transmission fluid, however, transmission noise while it’s in neutral or idling could signal something more serious, like parts wearing out that will need to be replaced.  Some common examples include worn bearings or gear teeth or a worn reverse idler gear. If you catch it early, the repair will be fairly easy and straightforward.  If you don’t catch it in time, then the repair will be a bit trickier.  The way your transmission acts can also signify major problems on the horizon.  If your car’s transmission starts to exhibit more physical signs of trouble, that is much more serious.

Transmission Slipping?

Does your transmission ever slip out of gear?  When your transmission is working correctly, your car stays in the gear you shifted to, or that your car’s on board computer designates for a given RPM range, until you or the computer shift gears. If your car goes from drive to neutral on a city street it could be bad enough, but what happens if your car does it on a highway or freeway with traffic behind you?

As you see transmission problems are nothing to sneeze at, so if you are having transmission problems, be smart.  Get your car into a transmission repair shop immediately.

The auto mechanics at Trail Transmission have been transmission experts since 1990.  Give us a call at (480) 447-2727  and get your car in for service at the first sign of trouble.


Symptoms of Automatic Transmission Problems Part I

Symptoms of Automatic Transmission Problems Part II
Symptoms of Automatic Transmission Problems Part III

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