Why you should Flush out your
Your transmission's vital parts get clogged with
sludge and varnish deposits because, just like engine oil in your
car's engine, automatic transmission fluid suffers from heat,
friction and electrochemical degradation. In fact, nearly nine out
of ten transmission failures are due to overheating and fluid
However, unlike oil, which can
be completely drained from your car's engine,
transmission fluid cannot be drained. Instead it stays in the torque
converter, valve body and transmission lines, making a complete
fluid drain impossible. Typical transmission service removes only
25% of the contaminated transmission fluid. Adding new fluid to the
remaining contaminated fluid can actually cause sludge and varnish
deposits to clog filters and further restrict fluid flow. This can
result in a serious malfunction or even complete failure of your
Now you have an option. Our transmission fluid
exchange safely removes most, if not all, contaminated fluid as well
as varnish and sludge deposits. Our transmission fluid exchange
cleans the transmission cooler and lines, valve body and torque
converter and also removes those wear metals that slowly grind away
your transmissions' internal components. Our transmission fluid
exchange thoroughly cleans your car's transmission and protects it
with fresh fluid and conditioners that revitalize the seals and
o-rings. If your vehicle's transmission is showing signs
contaminated fluid, slippage, rough or hard shifting, try this
service. If its been more then 30,000 miles it's time for a
transmission fluid exchange. It may help you avoid the cost of major
transmission work or even prevent the need for a new transmission.
Let one of our certified technicians perform this
service for you.
*According to the Automatic
Transmission Rebuilders Association
Our transmission fluid
exchange thoroughly cleans your car's transmission and
protects it with fresh fluid and conditioners that revitalize
the seals and o-rings.
Did You Know?
Early automatic transmissions had just two
speeds. Now modern automatic transmissions have up to eight speeds.
These sophisticated transmissions often match the fuel economy and
performance of a manual transmission. Some require special
formulas. We'll make sure you get the right type for your vehicle.
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair
in Willoughby Hills we install quality NAPA replacement
parts. Give us a call at 440.585.1691
and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Tech Question:
My name is Suzanne. We were taking a camping trip at our favorite
Ohio state park over a three day weekend. About half way to our
campsite, the transmission went out on our car. It took all
weekend to get towed out and get back home.
What can I do to prevent transmission problems in the future?
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Answer:
Transmission repairs can
be expensive at Willoughby Hills auto service centers. On top of
that poor Suzanne was in the Ohio backcountry. Her vacation weekend
turned into three days of car repairs.
Look, car and truck transmissions are tough and durable. All you have
to do to maintain them is replace the fluid on schedule. The fluid
gets contaminated with bits of clutch plates and metal. Dirty
transmission fluid under pressure acts like liquid sandpaper,
eating away at important gaskets and seals. Then your transmission
doesn’t shift as well. It can start to leak and overheat. And then
you could end up like Suzanne.
Another thing: if you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on
Willoughby Hills highways, your transmission is working much
harder and running hotter than under normal conditions. Your
transmission fluid may need to be changed sooner. Check your cars
owner’s manual for your severe service schedule or talk with your
caring Willoughby Hills Auto Repair mechanic about when you should
have your transmission serviced.
Willoughby Hills car owners who do a lot of towing may want to
consider adding an external
transmission cooler to
reduce transmission operating temperatures and extend its life.
My friend just had a very pricey
transmission repair in Northeast Ohio. How can Willoughby
drivers like myself avoid transmission trouble?
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Answer:
Next to your engine, your transmission is the most expensive
component in your vehicle – so you and your fellow Willoughby Hills
car owners want to do all you can to avoid pricey transmission
Willoughby Hills drivers may have noticed a trend of engines
becoming more and more powerful in recent years. At the same time,
fuel economy has been improving in nearly every motor vehicle
segment in OH. More power and better gas mileage have always been at
odds. Some of the improvement in fuel efficiency has been due to
engine design, but most of the increases in fuel efficiency can be
credited to automobile manufacturers’ advances in transmission
Every engine has a sweet spot in which it most efficiently makes
power. This is often referred to by Willoughby Hills technicians as
the power band – the optimal engine speed (measured in revolutions
per minute, or RPM). The computers that control what gear your
automatic transmission is in try to keep it in the right gear in
order to maintain optimal engine speed – whatever your Willoughby
Hills driving conditions may be. Modern automatic transmissions have
anywhere between four and ten speeds. The more “speeds” your
transmission has, the more time your engine can operate at peak
efficiency. Needless to say, transmissions have become more
sophisticated and costly.
Transmissions are cooled and lubricated by transmission fluid. This
pressurized fluid is directed through small passages to effect gear
changes. When transmission fluid gets old and contaminated, the
small passages can become plugged which adversely affects shifts.
The dirty fluid circulating in the transmission can eat away at
essential gaskets and seals causing detrimental internal leaks that
also hurt shifting. This is why some car makers recommend that
transmissions be serviced from time to time. The interval varies by
vehicle, so check your owner’s manual or with your caring Willoughby
Hills Auto Repair service professional about your transmission
Old, detrimental contaminated fluid is removed and new fluid is
installed. Keeping up with the auto manufacturer’s recommended
service schedule helps prevent harmful internal damage that may
result in a costly transmission rebuild. Let Willoughby Hills Auto
Repair help you extend the life of your sedan and prevent expensive
repairs with recommended preventive maintenance service.
Let’s talk about your
Transmissions are heavy duty
pieces of equipment that are designed to last a long time for most
Willoughby Ohio drivers. 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.
Your Willoughby OH service center
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 may need to be repaired.
The next thing you can do to
prolong the life of your Northeast Ohio 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 owner’s
manual or Willoughby Hills Auto Repair service advisor will have a
recommendation for when you should have a transmission service.
If your transmission isn’t
shifting as smoothly as it should, or if you suspect a
transmission leak, let Willoughby Hills Auto Repair take
a look at it. 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.
Automatic transmissions have gotten more sophisticated in
recent years for Northeast Ohio car owners. Take the number of
gears for starters: The base is four speeds, five is very
common. Many manufacturers are using six speeds and several
have seven or even eight
speeds. As you can imagine, this means more parts
in your car’s transmission.
Today’s transmissions are
computer controlled. Some high end transmissions have two or
three computers. Our experienced technicians at Willoughby
Hills Auto Repair in Willoughby Hills Ohio receive ongoing training
on transmission service and repair.
Hills, Mentor, Kirtland, Waite Hill, Wickliffe, Mayfield,
Euclid, Highland Heights, Gates Mills, Chardon, and South
owners trust that transmissions are engineered to last.
But all Northeast Ohio motorists need to understand that
they are also engineered to tighter tolerances. If a
portion of the transmission is starved for lubrication, it
can lead to failure.
This can happen with not
enough fluid. And, if the transmission fluid gets dirty or
sludgy, small passages in the transmission can get clogged,
then the lubricant is blocked and can’t get to all the parts
to protect them, so they wear out prematurely.
Most newer vehicles
in Willoughby Hills, Mayfield, and Wickliffe require
special transmission fluids – at Willoughby Hills Auto
Repair we can make sure you get the type your manufacturer
As you can imagine, repairing
one of these new transmissions can be quite costly at most
Cleveland auto repair shops. That’s why manufacturers have a
schedule for how often Willoughby Hills drivers should change
the fluid and what type of fluid to use.
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