The transmission is tasked with transferring the power from the engine to the drive wheels. It has many moving parts; the more gears it has, the more parts.
Newer vehicles usually have 8 to 10 speeds, unlike the old three-speed and four-speed transmissions. Not only do the newer vehicles have more parts to break, but they are more challenging to repair.
At Ranglin’s Complete AutoCare in Manchester, MD, we have the tools and ASE-certified technicians for transmission repair and replacement including domestic and Asian vehicles. Contact us today at (667) 314-3910 or visit our shop at 3037 Main Street, Manchester, MD 21102.
Keeping up with transmission maintenance—like flushing the transmission fluid and replacing the filter in the valve body—can significantly reduce transmission failure risk. Nonetheless, there are still instances some parts will break down and will need transmission repair.
Generally, transmission repair includes replacing the clutch and pressure plate. If the slave cylinder is inside the transmission, we recommend replacing that, too. These are considered the “soft parts.”
There’s also the valve body and filter, which you can see when you pull the transmission oil pan.
Finally, the “hard parts.” These are the planetary gears, ring gears, sun gears, and their related parts. It is rare to have hard parts fail unless you don’t keep up with transmission maintenance, the front pump fails, or you beat on the transmission by racing or popping wheelies.
Depending on the problem, the ASE-certified mechanics at Ranglin’s Complete AutoCare can either repair or replace a transmission.
When the soft parts or the valve body fail, it’s usually cheaper to repair the transmission. But when the hard parts fail, depending on the extent of the damage, it might be more cost-efficient to replace the transmission.
We can source new and used transmissions, though we recommend going with a new one as used transmissions have the same problem as used engines. They have about the same miles on them as your transmission, and you’ll just be buying someone else’s problems.
Vehicle manufacturers usually recommend flushing the automatic transmission fluid and changing the filter around 60,000 miles. Why is this necessary?
When the gears and clutches in the transmission turn, they rub against each other. They drop metal shavings (mainly from the pressure plate) into the transmission fluid. The transmission pan has a magnet in it to grab the metal shavings. However, the magnet doesn’t capture all.
Additionally, transmission fluid loses some of its lubricating properties each time it gets hot every time you drive the vehicle. It should always be pink or bright pink. If it looks dark or brown, it is most likely burned or dirty and needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
If checking the transmission fluid, start the vehicle and drive it for about 10 minutes or let it idle for 15 to 20 minutes. You will get a more accurate reading if the transmission fluid is hot. It might show a bit low on the dipstick if you check the transmission fluid when it’s cold.
No matter the issue with your manual or automatic transmission, Ranglin’s Complete AutoCare in Manchester, MD is here to help. Transmission replacements could take up to a week or two, depending on what needs to be done. On the other hand, repairs can be done more quickly.
Call Ranglin’s Complete AutoCare at (667) 314-3910 for inquiries or an appointment. You can also drop by our shop at 3037 Main Street, Manchester, MD 21102.