Protect Your Car This Summer

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Go Green!

Looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly with your car? Motorists can help protect the environment by following four simple steps from the non-profit Car Care Council.

  1. Follow a vehicle service schedule including steps like checking engine performance, keeping tires properly inflated, replacing air filters regularly, changing oil regularly and checking your gas cap. Routine maintenance helps reduce emissions and fuel consumption, saving money at the pump.
  1. Keep your current vehicle longer and limit the number of new cars you buy over the course of a lifetime. Extending vehicle life is as simple as taking care of your vehicle properly. You’ll gain years of reliable service without monthly car payments and higher insurance rates.
  1. Recycle or properly dispose motor oil, tires, batteries, fluids and other vehicle components to help protect the planet when performing vehicle maintenance or repairs.
  1. Repower your engine when faced with serious engine trouble. A remanufactured/rebuilt engine can give your vehicle new life and make it more fuel efficient for about the cost of an average down payment on a new car.
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Do’s & Don’ts of Transmission Maintenance

Below are a few standard tips to help you avoid future transmission damage: 

  • Do scheduled transmission maintenance according to vehicle owner’s manual.
  • Do have transmission fluid checked when having oil changed.
  • Do not drive a vehicle with low or no transmission fluid.
  • Do not change gear ranges from drive to reverse when your vehicle is moving. Do
  • not spin tires on turns with front wheel drive vehicles.
  • Do not drive your vehicle when there are transmission problems, as this may cause further damage.
  • Do not drag race your vehicle, as it puts unnecessary strain on your transmission.
  • Do not drive in 4×4 range on dry pavement, unless vehicle is all-wheel or automatic 4×4 drive.
  • Do make sure you come to a complete stop before moving gear into another range.
  • Do not drive on spare tires or mismatched tire sizes with front wheel or all wheel drive vehicles for extended periods of time.
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Free Performance Check

Free Performance Check

At Mr. Transmission, we offer our customers a free Performance Check to help diagnose any problems with your vehicle’s transmission. Our comprehensive Performance Check consists of a fluid check, road test, pan examination, and lift inspection/diagnosis. This provides a complete diagnosis of your car’s transmission performance and general operation.

What Does a Performance Check Include?

Fluid Check

The fluid check is an important component of our all-encompassing Performance Check Generally, it serves as the first indicator of possible transmission wear and damage. A transmission in good condition will have a clear, red fluid. If there is an unpleasant odor or discoloration in combination with other symptoms, your transmission may require an internal inspection. During our inspection of your fluid, we will determine if any of these symptoms appear.

Road Test

The road test is made up of 2 parts: a stationary test and a driving test. During these two tests, your transmission is checked for slipping noises, harsh/soft or erratic shifting, as well as late or early shift patterns.

Pan Examination

The pan examination is another crucial part of the Performance Check that serves as a great indicator of potential problems. This test is effective, because it allows a partial look inside the transmission. All pans have some metal particles; however, excessive amounts of metal indicate internal wear and damage to the transmission.

Lift Inspection

This step will help determine what type of adjustment, repair, or replacement may be needed. During a lift inspection, one of our technicians will check for the following:

● Neutral Switch

● Throttle Linkage

● Manual Linkage

● Modulator

● Modulator Vacuum

● Transmission Mounts

● U-Joints

● Fluid Retention

● Electronic Components

When the results of your Performance Check show that there is an internal problem with your transmission, we recommend further investigation with an internal inspection of your transmission. This inspection consists of the removal of your transmission and dis-assembly of the unit in order to view all internal parts. During this inspection, all parts will be examined for wear and damage. When the inspection is completed, one of our technicians will provide you with a report of those items that are in need of either repair or replacement, along with an estimate for those services.

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Drivetrain

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Without a properly functioning drivetrain, your vehicle will not have the power it needs to move from one place to another. There is more to this crucial component than meets the eye. Because of this, it is important to seek the help of a drivetrain specialist like Mr. Transmission. Here, we pay attention to the details, something that matters most when it comes to drivetrain repairs. Maintaining your differential fluid and performing differential services can prolong the life of your drivetrain. Clean fluid helps keep the gears from wearing and also helps regulate the gear temperature. Clean fluid also lubricates the gears making operation smoother. Maintaining your differential can help prevent total gear failure. What We Repair At Mr. Transmission, we repair all drivetrain components: CV Joints Axle Shafts Drive Shaft Transfer Case Differential Make an Appointment Now Have a drivetrain, flywheel, or other drivetrain-related component in need of repair? To learn more about our services, contact a Mr. Transmission location near you.

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Why Is My Brake Light On?

Virtually all modern vehicles are manufactured with ABS brakes. ABS brakes function to prevent the brakes from locking up when they are pressed, predominantly in situations where the road conditions are slippery such as in snow or rain. Vehicles with ABS brakes have two warning lights — one for ABS system malfunctions and one for mechanical problems.

If one of the brake system warning lights come on, it can be a relatively minor problem or a major safety issue. Regardless of which brake light is illuminated, always check your car over before continuing to use your car.

Check the brake fluid level. Your brake fluid level is important for controlling your brakes. You will need to check your brake fluid reservoir to determine if you will need to add or flush the brake fluid.

If the fluid level is low, top off the fluid with clean brake fluid. You will need to flush your brake fluid and add clean brake fluid if your fluid level is low.

Check for a firm brake pedal. When you are parked in a safe place, press on the brake pedal as hard as you can. If the pedal slowly sinks to the floor, it indicates you either have air in the brake system or the fluid is leaking out.

 

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Most transmission problems start out small.

Automobiles come with numerous parts, and with those parts comes a multitude of myths surrounding them. The transmission in particular remains a mystery to many drivers today. The professionals at Mr. Transmission banded together to help you determine what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to these popular claims:

1. Manual transmissions get better mileage than automatic ones. While this particular myth may have been true in the past, it’s not so much the case anymore. Inefficiencies that plagued automatic transmissions in previous years have been smoothed out and replaced with more variable speeds – perhaps giving them an advantage over manual models when it comes to mileage.

“Inefficiencies that plagued automatic transmissions in previous years have been smoothed out.”

2. Manual transmissions are cheaper to repair than automatic transmissions. Many automotive experts would agree manual transmissions tend to cost less than those needed for automatic transmissions. Yet, manual models frequently need replacement over the life of the car, whereas an automatic one might not. In the end, you might not be saving much – if anything. Additionally, transmission repair shops have access to the latest equipment and repair techniques, enabling them to fix a variety of transmission issues, possibly at a lower cost than you initially anticipated.
3. Changing the fluids will help right any transmission shortcomings. Actually, the opposite may be true in the case of this myth. If you notice dirty transmission fluid, it’s likely there’s a part that’s being worn down somewhere along the line. Changing fluids might result in a buildup of debris – one that causes a major malfunction.
4. My transmission is on the brink of failure, but I can drive until it quits completely. You could, but it would cost you a lot more down the road. Driving until your transmission fails will likely result in the failure of other parts and a higher repair bill at the end of it.

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