How to find transmission advice you can trust…
If your car suddenly starts to jerk when you put it into gear or starts making a grinding sound, this could be the beginning of a long series of transmission troubles. If you suspect there may be a problem, however minor, now is the time to seek expert transmission advice — before a minor problem turns into an expensive hassle.
Regular care and transmission maintenance is critical to the optimal performance of your transmission and vehicle overall. Checking and correcting the fluid levels is always a good first line of defense, as with most car maintenance issues. For serious transmission related problems, it is prudent to have the transmission inspected by a professional. Automatic transmission replacement may be recommended or required, but 23 percent of our clients in 2009 did not need a transmission overhaul.
Major transmission work should always be done by a certified expert. Even if you are capable of changing the fluids or filters, as well as tightening nuts, bolts or gaskets on your own, big-time repairs or a complete overhaul of your automatic transmission is a job for someone with experience. They will know how to inspect, test, install, run, and declare your vehicle safe and ready for use. Specialist tools and equipment are required to do this properly — hydraulic pressure testers, electronic scanning tools for retrieval of failure codes, many kinds of testing equipment, special jacks, and even hydraulic tables — some of which are extremely heavy.
Transmission fluids should be checked every 6,000 miles or so, roughly every six months. The sooner you have a problem with a transmission checked out, the less it will cost you to fix it.