Archive for the ‘Transmission Repiar’ Category

Warning Signs Your Transmission Needs Repairs

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Transmission fluid can be surprisingly colorful, especially if you’ve never seen it before and don’t know what to expect. The color of your transmission fluid is one of the best early warning signs of transmission problems, so it is important to check your own fluid or have it checked as part of your regular vehicle maintenance program. Your transmission fluid should be changed every two to three years, or 24,000 to 36,000 miles.

Special transmission and power steering fluids are specified for your vehicle. Make certain you have selected the proper type and amount. If you prefer, have a Magic Auto center  technician change your oil and fluids while your vehicle’s in for service.

  • Check Engine Light.  The “check engine” light can be an early indicator that you should have a transmission service performed as soon as possible. 
  • Leaking Fluid.  To maintain a constant operating temperature, fluid is necessary to cool and lubricate the moving parts of a transmission. 
  • Grinding, Shaking, Whining, and Buzzing.  A common sign of trouble in a manual is a grinding sound that is abrupt and mechanical when you shift into a new gear. 
  • Lack of Response. With a manual, you may notice after shifting that the engine will rev up, but the car isn’t moving as quickly as the engine is running. This could be caused by a worn out clutch.

Magic Auto Center offers various maintenance and repair services that will save you money, time, and satisfy your manufacturer’s maintenance requirements.

How to Avoid Burning Up Your Transmission

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Regularly check your parking space for leaks. Doesn’t matter, is it the engine oil leak, power steering fluid or transmission fluid; if you discover any, get it fixed before it could cause expensive problems.

Once in a while check the transmission fluid level and condition. However, not all cars have the automatic transmission dipstick; in some cars, for example, in late Volkswagen models, the transmission fluid can only be checked by a mechanic in the repair shop. You can check your owner’s manual for instructions to check the automatic transmission fluid. If the transmission fluid level is too low, there is a leak somewhere that needs to be fixed. Change the transmission fluid as often as it’s recommended in your owner’s manual or when it becomes too dark (rather brown than red) or dirty.

Also, keep in mind that an automatic transmission can not be drained completely – there is always some transmission fluid left inside the transmission (in the torque converter, in the valve body, etc.) which means you only can change about 60 percent of the fluid at once. This is one more reason to change the fluid more often.
Use only the same type of transmission fluid as specified in the owner’s manual or on the dipstick. Many newer vehicles are very sensitive to the fluid type. For example, an Owner’s Manual for 2008 Honda Civic says “Using transmission fluid other than Honda Genuine ATF-Z1 may cause deterioration in transmission operation and durability, and could result in damage to the transmission”. Never shift to the Reverse or Park modes until the car comes to a complete stop. Don’t shift the transmission from ‘Park’ to other modes at high engine RPMs.

In many cars, the automatic transmission can be damaged if towing with the drive wheels on the road. If you have to tow your vehicle, check your owner’s manual for the proper way of doing it. If you planning to tow a heavy trailer with your vehicle, consider installing an additional transmission fluid cooler. It’s also good idea to change your transmission fluid more often when towing a trailer.