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    What Are The Differences Between CVTs and Automatic Transmissions?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Transmission technology has evolved remarkably in the past few decades. Newer cars can be equipped with a variety of transmission systems, including CVTs and automatic transmissions. While both CVTs and automatic transmissions offer a completely automated shifting experience, the two technologies rely on very different mechanical principles. Let’s explore the differences between automatic transmissions and CVTs:

    Automatic Transmissions
    An automatic transmission contains a set number of gears that are used to provide power and speed to the vehicle. Using a sophisticated hydraulic and fluid coupling system, the automatic transmission will automatically select the proper gear for each stage of your drive. An automatic transmission is equipped with a device called a planetary gearset, which contains a fixed number of gears.

    CVT stands for Continuously Variable Transmission. Unlike an automatic transmission, a Continuously Variable Transmission does not contain a fixed number of gears. Instead, the CVT is equipped with a dual pulley system that adjusts itself to create an infinite number of gear ratios. This infinitely adjustable system allows the CVT to fine tune the power and speed that is being delivered to the vehicle.

    Comparing Automatic Transmissions and CVTs
    CVTs are typically smoother, quieter, and more efficient than automatic transmissions. However, some drivers find that vehicles equipped with CVTs are not as powerful or responsive as vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. As transmission technology continues to evolve, both CVTs and automatic transmissions are providing more power, fuel economy, and maneuverability than ever before.

    At Allied Transmission of San Jose, we can service and repair your automatic transmission or CVT. If your transmission is experiencing troubles, the experts at our transmission repair center will diagnose and repair your transmission and get you back out on the road in no time. Call us at (408) 916-5359 to learn more about our full range of transmission repair services. 

    Top Indicators That Your Transmission Needs a Fluid Flush

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Transmission fluid is one of the most vital components of your car’s transmission. Your transmission relies on fluid to cool, lubricate, and power its many complex moving components. Over time, your transmission fluid can become dirty or contaminated with debris. To help you keep your transmission in fantastic shape, here is a look at the top signs that your car is ready for a transmission fluid flush.

    Strange Sensations or Noises
    If your transmission fluid has become dirty or contaminated, you may begin to experience strange grinding noises or sensations when your car shifts. These grinding sensations are similar to what you may experience if your transmission fluid is too low. If your transmission fluid is at a normal level, but you hear grinding when your car shifts, it may be time to schedule a transmission fluid flush.

    Difficulty Shifting
    When your transmission is in proper working shape, your car should shift seamlessly between gears. If your transmission fluid is in need of a flush, you may notice that your car has a difficult time shifting between gears. This sluggish shifting sensation is caused by tiny particles in the fluid, which are jamming up your moving gears and other parts.

    Slipping Out of Gear
    Transmission fluid provides the hydraulic power your car needs to get into the proper gear and stay in that gear as you travel down the road. If your transmission fluid needs a flush, you may notice that your car is slipping out of gear while you are in motion. This slipping sensation is caused by an inadequate level of transmission fluid being sent through your system.

    When your transmission is in need of a fluid flush, come to Allied Transmission for the best quality service. Our highly trained technicians will provide expert transmission services for your automatic or manual transmission. Call our San Jose service center at (408) 916-5359 to make a transmission repair appointment today! 

    Identifying the Symptoms of Common Clutch Issues

    Last updated 9 months ago

    In cars with manual transmissions, the clutch is one of the most commonly repaired components. With proper maintenance and repairs, your clutch can last for 80,000 miles or more. By identifying the signs of a clutch problem before the issue becomes serious, you can help to extend the lifespan of your standard transmission. Here is a car owner’s guide to some of the most common symptoms of clutch issues.

    Slipping Clutch
    Over the miles, the material on your clutch disc can begin to wear down. When this happens, you may begin to notice the signs of a slipping clutch. If your clutch is slipping, it may seem as though your vehicle is difficult to shift. You may also hear a grinding noise when you shift your transmission into a new gear.

    Loose Clutch Cable
    When you step on the clutch pedal, a component called the clutch cable engages the clutch mechanism. Sometimes, the clutch cable can become loose or even break. If your clutch cable is experiencing an issue, your clutch pedal may feel loose or soft. You may also notice that it is very difficult to shift between gears.

    Sticky Clutch Pedal
    While your clutch pedal can sometimes feel too loose, other clutch problems can cause your pedal to feel too sticky or hard. Problems with your pedal linkage, cross shaft, or pivot ball can all cause your clutch pedal to be difficult to engage. At the first sign that you are having difficulty shifting, you should visit your transmission repair center right away.

    At Allied Transmission, our technicians can diagnose and repair your clutch issue, and many of the manual transmissions we work on require only minor repairs. We work on both manual and automatic transmissions, and we will help you get back on the road in no time. To make an appointment for your vehicle in the San Jose area, call us today at (408) 916-5359. 

    Exploring the Common Myths About Manual Transmissions

    Last updated 9 months ago

    When it comes to transmissions, drivers who choose manual transmissions are often passionate about their choice of power trains. While manual transmissions certainly offer a unique and thrilling driving experience, many of the commonly stated advantages of driving a stick shift are actually based more in myth than in fact. Let’s get to the bottom of some of the most common myths about manual transmissions.

    Myth: Manual Transmissions Are More Fuel Efficient
    Back in the early days of automatic transmissions, cars with manual transmissions offered superior fuel economy to their automatic counterparts. However, automatic transmissions have advanced to the point of offering nearly the same fuel-efficiency as manual transmissions. When you drive a manual transmission, you will not necessarily achieve better fuel economy.

    Myth: Models With Manual Transmissions Are Cheaper
    Some drivers assume that a car with a manual transmission will cost less than the same model with an automatic transmission. In reality, vehicle pricing depends on the make, model, and manufacturer of the vehicle. Additionally, many brand new vehicles are no longer available with manual transmission as an option. If you are looking for a budget friendly car purchase, a manual transmission will not necessarily be cheaper.

    Myth: All Sports Cars Have Manual Transmissions
    Manual transmissions have long been the preferred choice of driving enthusiasts. However, not all sports cars are equipped with manual transmissions. Modern sports cars can be equipped with automatic transmissions and paddle shifters, which provide the driver with a level of control over their vehicle’s shifting.

    Whether your vehicle is equipped with a manual or automatic transmission, Allied Transmission will provide you with expert service and repairs. We have provided San Jose and the South Bay area with top quality transmission repair services for over four decades. Call our repair center at (408) 916-5359 to make an appointment to have your transmission serviced today. 

    What Role Do Clutches and Bands Play In an Automatic Transmission?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Your automatic transmission is composed of many highly sophisticated and complex parts. Inside your automatic transmission, you will find specific parts called clutches and bands. An automatic transmission typically contains two bands, which help to connect the gear train to the housing. In addition, an automatic transmission also contains four clutch plates. These clutch plates are connected to the hydraulic system, and they provide the pressure needed to help the gears shift. From time to time, these vital components will need to be repaired or replaced. To keep your vehicle running smoothly, it’s important to have your transmission serviced regularly.

    At Allied Transmission, we will be happy to answer all of your questions about your standard or automatic transmission. Our friendly staff will ensure that your transmission is repaired with the best quality tools and services. To learn more about the advantages of choosing our San Jose service center for your transmission repairs, call us today at (408) 916-5359. 

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