Category: Transmission Repair

The Basics of Automatic Transmission Troubleshooting

When problems arise in your automatic transmission, it’s very important that you know the proper steps of transmission troubleshooting. Otherwise, you could be guessing at a problem your transmission might not have, wasting both time and money to get it fixed. Knowing the exact cause of a transmission’s woes means you can get it repaired as quickly as possible and at minimal expense to you, which is ultimately what everyone wants. So of course, there are a few steps to follow when it comes to correct automatic transmission troubleshooting and we will explain the basics here.

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Lucas Transmission Fix Review

If you’ve ever experienced slipping, stalling, hard shifts, or seal leaks with your car’s transmission before, there’s no doubt you’ve already heard of Lucas Transmission Fix. As the name implies, this additive is meant to help fix an ailing transmission that displays any of the above symptoms. Often called a “miracle in a can”, this is actually not always the case. If your transmission has major internal problems already, Lucas can’t magically repair it. This additive works within reason, such as for a transmission that has a clogged valve body or worn seals. But what does it actually do and does it deliver on the intended results? We’ll go over as much as possible today in our Lucas Transmission Fix review.

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Transmission Jack: Selection & Comparison Guide

A heavy duty transmission jack is going to be necessary if you’re looking to remove and transport a transmission safely, as they are specifically designed to do just that as well as remove as much risk of injury as possible. Unlike a conventional jack which raises the entire vehicle by the chassis, a transmission jack can be positioned centrally to safely detach and re-attach a transmission. Transmissions are not very lightweight; most are heavy and bulky. A transmission’s weight can range anywhere from 100 lbs. to a ton which is why you’ll need a jack that can handle your transmission’s weight as well as what you intend to do with it.

However, not all transmission jacks are the same or made to do the same jobs so you’ll need to look for several things when selecting a jack that will fit your needs. Factors such as weight capacity, price, durability, stability, inclusion of warranty, range of motion, and structural design are just a few things to consider.

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Where Can I Find a Transmission for Sale?

Whether you need a transmission to replace your current one or you’re building a car with separate parts, we’ve got you covered. You can either choose a used transmission or a re-manufactured transmission for your transmission repair.

A used transmission is one that is removed from — you guessed it — a used car. The advantage of a used transmission is that it’s often the cheaper option although you won’t know what condition the used transmission will be in. So while a used transmission is cheaper, it also carries more risk with it. That’s why you should only purchase a used transmission from a trusted auto parts dealer or auto-recycler.

A re-manufactured transmission however is rebuilt in-factory, where all hard parts are replaced and all soft parts (gaskets, seals, bushings, clutches, bands) are changed. Don’t be afraid to do some research before purchasing a transmission for sale either as it could mean the difference between receiving a shoddy one and a high quality one.

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Top Auto Repair Help Websites

There are a number of great websites online that offers help for all the automotive dullards with car troubles out there but here are our top picks for the best auto repair help websites. All of our picks either help with installation of parts, how-to’s, Q&A, diagnosis, advice, articles, or other resources along those lines. Our list includes sites like AutoMD, RepairPal, 10w40, 1A Auto, 2CarPros, AutoZone, OBD-Codes, and About Autos. So, if you are experiencing any car troubles right now you can stop by any one of these sites for more information on what should be the next step for you. (Don’t forget to vote for your favorite auto repair help website as well; it only takes two clicks!)

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Transmission Solenoid: Function & Common Problems

While manual transmissions make use of the clutch to change gears, automatic transmissions rely on a complicated hydraulic system for shifting, and the transmission solenoid is especially important for this process. Transmission fluid is directed throughout the valve body by various transmission solenoids–such as the transmission shift solenoid, lockup solenoid, or transmission control solenoid (there’s also a torque converter clutch solenoid)–that either open or close hydraulic valves to regulate fluid flow. Speed sensors around the engine are responsible for activating the solenoids.

As you can guess, the transmission solenoid is a required component of a functioning transmission, and any solenoid that starts malfunctioning only spells trouble. So today we’ll explain its function, common problems that can occur, and everything you need to know about replacement here.

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Transmission Replacement: Is It Better Than Repair?

First of all, let’s make one thing clear. Neither option is going to be cheap. Apart from a complete rebuild, transmission repair and transmission replacement costs can run pretty steep, so don’t be surprised by the quotes some repair shops give you. You’re looking at a minimum of $1000 either way you choose, and prices will only go up from there. Transmission repair means that the current transmission you are driving will be diagnosed and fixed, while a transmission replacement means that the old transmission will be swapped out for a refurbished or re-manufactured transmission. But the question is, which option is better? Sometimes transmission repair will give you more trouble than replacement, and in cases like these replacement would be the better choice.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Hopefully you already know whether you’re driving a manual or automatic transmission, but you will also need to know the type of transmission you have in order for the proper repairs to be done. Some makes can have several different models depending on engine size, so it’s up to you to know which one you have. If you’re also looking to rebuild your transmission, it’s important to know what parts you will need for your specific transmission. So if you ever yourself “What transmission do I have?”, we’ll explain how to find that out here.

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How to Find a Transmission Repair Shop

Transmission repair is anything but cheap, and when you decide to take your car to a repair shop, you better make sure you pick a reliable shop that suits your budget. When transmission repair costs can range anywhere from $1000 to $4000, you don’t want to pay for a slipshod service and end up with a transmission that will only develop problems again. A poorly done repair can end up costing you more in the end, which is why you shouldn’t choose the cheap option all the time. You don’t want to overpay either, so an honest, high quality, friendly transmission repair shop is what you want. There are a few things you can look for in a shop before you decide to bring your car in for repairs.

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When to Leave Repairs to the Professionals

When you start having problems with your car, we know what you’re thinking. How much is this going to cost? What is wrong with this damn car? How long is it going to take to get my car working again? We know taking your car to the repair shop is the last thing you want to do, and you might even consider doing the repairs yourself if you can manage. But when is it a good idea to leave repairs to the shops? Not all problems are easily solvable, and that can put you in a difficult situation. We suggest leaving repairs to the professionals if the problem is complicated, expensive tools are needed, you need your car working as soon as possible, or you risk losing your warranty or it covers the bill.

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