The Heat Is On

14 07 2016

Dale BertramDoes this sound like your driving habits?

  • Frequent stop-and-go
  • Driving in heavy traffic
  • Driving in dusty conditions
  • Driving on steep terrain

This kind of driving takes its toll on transmissions.  Here are some verbal clues that your transmission may be headed towards a breakdown!  Yep…it is trying to tell you something in transmission speak so listen up!

  • Clicks
  • Buzzes
  • Whistles
  • Moans and Groans
  • Squeals and Screeches
  • Hums and Whines
  • Clanks
  • Grates and Rumbles
  • Chatters and Clunks

Do you see a drip under your car?  If it is reddish brown in color it may mean one of three things;   leaking transmission, over tightened pan gasket or a leaking front seal. Do you smell something burning?  It could possibly be your transmission fluid.

At Fairway Auto Repair, we recommend you exchange the fluid every 30,000 miles or on average, every two years. The Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association states that 90% of all transmission failures are caused by overheating. Transmission fluid temperatures should be held at 175 degrees.  When the temperature gets above 250 degrees F the breakdown of the system begins.

  1. Rubber seals begin to harden
  2. Leaks start
  3. Pressure is lost
  4. The transmission begins to slip
  5. Over time the clutches burn out
  6. The transmission burns out

If you suspect your transmission may be experiencing difficulty call your regular car care provider!  They can tell you with just an inspection what is going on.  It may just need a fluid exchange and all will be well.  Many people panic and start price shopping transmission replacements all over town…then go have one put in at the cheapest place when they didn’t even need one to begin with!

We don’t want to see your transmission fail so the best way is to be good to it by keeping its fluid and filter fresh.  It not only saves your transmission, it saves your wallet too!


Fairway Auto Repair




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