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Transmission and engine maintenance and repair questions answered

General Questions
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Transmission Service
  HOW WILL I KNOW I NEED TRANSMISSION REPAIR?
  WHAT TYPE OF MAINTENANCE NEEDS TO BE DONE ON A TRANSMISSION?
  HOW FREQUENTLY SHOULD I CHECK MY TRANSMISSION FLUID?
  DO ALL TRANSMISSIONS REQUIRE TRANSMISSION FLUID?
  WHAT CAUSES TRANSMISSION FAILURE?
  HOW GOOD IS A REBUILT TRANSMISSION?
  DOES TRANSMISSION FLUID REALLY NEED TO BE CHANGED?
  WHAT TYPES OF DRIVING STYLES WARRANT MORE FREQUENT TRANSMISSION MAINTENANCE?
  HOW DO I KNOW MY TRANSMISSION FLUID NEEDS TO BE CHANGED?


  HOW WILL I KNOW I NEED TRANSMISSION REPAIR?  TOP
  Your car may not shift correctly, either at the correct speed or with the wrong feel. If you notice your car seems to take longer to get to speed OR if the engine is racing as you drive you may need transmission repair. Also, any type of transmission fluid leak should prompt immediate attention.
 
  WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS OF OPERATION?  TOP
  ATD is open Monday through Friday, 8am - 6pm CST.
 
  WHAT TYPE OF MAINTENANCE NEEDS TO BE DONE ON A TRANSMISSION?  TOP
  Modern vehicles only require regular fluid and filter changes. At that time, our technicians will inspect for leaks and other problems not evident through an 'underhood inspection'.
 
  HOW FREQUENTLY SHOULD I CHECK MY TRANSMISSION FLUID?  TOP
  You should check your transmission fluid at every oil change or if you notice ANY type of transmission fluid leakage.
 
  DO ALL TRANSMISSIONS REQUIRE TRANSMISSION FLUID?  TOP
  YES! Although some cars do require special fluid. Fluid type is indicated on the transmission fluid dipstick and in the vehicles owners manual.
 
  WHAT CAUSES TRANSMISSION FAILURE?  TOP
  Mostly heat. Heat can be caused by many different sources. This is only one reason that transmission problems should be properly evaluated before a transmission is labeled as 'bad'
 
  HOW GOOD IS A REBUILT TRANSMISSION?  TOP
 

Depending on the work quality of the shop that repairs it, rebuilt transmissions should last at least as long the brand-new factory that was originally equipped on the vehicle. Occassionally rebuilt transmissions fail earlier than they should; if this occurs the cause of the failure should be determined.

Most rebuilt transmissions have a 1 to 3 year warranty and corresponding mileage warranty. This limit is in place because ALL rebuilt transmissions have to re-use some of the mechanical components inside the transmission. If they fail prematurely the transmission will not have a long life. 

 
  DOES TRANSMISSION FLUID REALLY NEED TO BE CHANGED?  TOP
 

YES!! Transmission fluid in modern vehicles is stressed greatly. Modern transmission fluid is used to apply clutches and bands (hydraulic force), lubricate AND cool all internal parts all at the same time.

In addition, it is constantly being forced (pumped) through extremely small passages - some as small as the diameter of a human hair. Because of it's varied use and application, transmission fluid dynamics are extreme.

Heat breaks down transmission fluid, causing it to lose it's effectiveness.

 
  WHAT TYPES OF DRIVING STYLES WARRANT MORE FREQUENT TRANSMISSION MAINTENANCE?  TOP
  Heavy duty trucks, ie snowplow or towing; any type of performance vehicle and race cars. If your car or truck has overheated, a transmission service should be performed.
 
  HOW DO I KNOW MY TRANSMISSION FLUID NEEDS TO BE CHANGED?  TOP
  You cannot tell easily just by looking. Average service intervals should be 12 - 15 months, unless you have a heavy duty application.
 
  DOES ATD OFFER TOWING SERVICE?  TOP
  At Automatic Transmission Design the customer comes first. If you do not have the ability to bring the vehicle in for service or your vehicle cannot be driven, ATD will cover the towing bill up to the first $50. At ATD relationships are important to us and we have made great business relationships with local towing companies. We can arrange for your vehicle to be towed so you don't need to worry about a thing.
 
  HOW WILL ATD DETERMINE WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY VEHICLE?  TOP
  Automatic Transmission Design features state-of-the-art electronics and service. ATD will electronically scan your vehicle, give you the facts, & prepare you an estimate. ATD does all this at absolutely no cost to you. Visit ATD today to get your free diagnosis and estimate.
 
  WHAT DOES ASE CERTIFICATION MEAN TO ME?  TOP
 

ASE certification indicates that the individual passed an industry standardized test on general and specific knowledge relating to various means of automotive and truck repair.

For more information, visit www.ase.com