Last updated 5 days ago
Transmission fluid provides lubrication and protection to the many moving parts in your transmission. Every car owner should change their transmission fluid and filter around every 30,000 miles. Neglecting to change your transmission fluid regularly can lead to serious and costly damage to your vehicle’s transmission and internal systems. Here are some of the consequences of neglecting to change your transmission fluid:
Fluid Contamination Over the miles, the synchronizers, bearings, and gears in your transmission will wear down. As the moving components of your transmission rub together, tiny metal particles are created. These microscopic pieces of metal will circulate through your transmission system. With time, your transmission fluid can become overloaded with metal shavings and other contaminants. This contaminated fluid will cause harm to your transmission.
Degraded Fluid Automatic transmissions generate a great deal of heat as they operate. This heat travels to the transmission fluid, causing the fluid to degrade and break down. If you don’t have your transmission fluid changed at regular intervals, it will begin to degrade from heat exposure over time. This degraded fluid will not lubricate the system, and your transmission will not function properly.
Transmission Fluid If you wait for too long before changing your transmission fluid, your transmission will begin to shift improperly. In addition to rough shifting, there will be excessive strain on the transmission’s internal moving components. Eventually, your transmission can seize up and cease to function at all. Once this happens, you will need to have your transmission rebuilt or replaced, which is a more intensive procedure than a simple fluid change.
At Allied Transmission of San Jose, our preventative maintenance program will ensure that your vehicle’s transmission is in great working order for many miles on the road. Our South Bay transmission service center can change your transmission fluid and provide you with a variety of other transmission repairs and services. To make an appointment, call us at (408) 916-5359.
Last updated 6 days ago
You rely on your car to get you where you need to go—work, school, or everyday errands. If your car is not working properly, you could end up being stuck on the side of a San Jose road, wondering why you didn’t have your transmission serviced when you were supposed to. Most vehicles should have a transmission service every 30,000 miles, or more often depending on how and what you drive. Routine transmission maintenance can save you from spending a lot of money on costly repairs down the road. Check out this infographic from the San Jose transmission repair experts at Allied Transmission to see what problems you can avoid when you bring your automatic or manual car in for service. Please share with your friends and family to keep everyone happy behind the wheel!
Last updated 12 days ago
Driving a manual transmission provides you with the unique thrill of having total control over the shifting and maneuverability of your vehicle. When driving a manual transmission, proper driving and transmission maintenance techniques will ensure that your manual transmission will last for up to 50,000 miles or longer. Here are some of the best ways to maximize the life of a manual transmission vehicle:
Proper Clutch Engagement Clutch engagement describes how the driver operates the clutch pedal when shifting. To achieve the longest life from your transmission, always engage the clutch properly when shifting. Instead of pushing the clutch in and out quickly, gradually pull your foot off the clutch pedal between gears. Shifting in a smoother style will cause less grinding and wear to the gears in the transmission.
Move Your Foot Off the Clutch Pedal When a driver leaves their foot down on the clutch pedal for too long, this is known as “riding the clutch.” Drivers can ride the clutch unintentionally, or intentionally to create smoother shifting on hills and in other challenging driving situations. Whenever possible, avoid riding the clutch. Having your foot on the clutch pedal too often will stretch out the cables, leading to excessive wear and improper shifting.
Avoid Downshifting Downshifting is a technique sometimes used to decrease the speed of the vehicle by shifting to a lower gear while in motion. When you force your transmission into a lower gear, you are causing excessive strain and friction on the gears. To achieve the maximum lifespan from your manual transmission, tap the breaks to slow down, rather than downshifting.
The transmission experts at Allied Transmission can provide you with the service and knowledge you need to achieve the maximum lifespan from your manual transmission. We offer a range of repair and maintenance procedures for both manual and automatic transmissions. To learn more about caring for your manual transmission, call our San Jose location at (408) 916-5359.
Last updated 1 month ago
If you are having problems with your transmission or spot a leak under your vehicle, it’s important to go to a transmission shop as soon as you can. The sooner you take your vehicle to a transmission expert, the sooner the problem can be fixed and the less it will cost to do so. To find out more about diagnosing and caring for your transmission, visit these links.
For top-notch transmission service in San Jose, stop by Allied Transmission today. Call us at (408) 916-5359 if you have any questions, and visit us on the web to find out more about our family-owned and operated transmission repair shop.
Last updated 1 month ago
If left unattended, minor transmission issues can cause permanent damage. If you suspect transmission troubles, you should head to a transmission repair shop as soon as possible. In many cases, the transmission shop will suggest a transmission rebuild to fix your vehicle rather than a transmission replacement. Read below to learn more about transmission rebuilds and why they are worthwhile.
A Transmission Rebuild Targets Specific Parts That Are Worn or Damaged Many transmission problems are a result of soft parts that need to be replaced, such as the clutch, seals, filters, and gaskets. To address these problems, many transmission shops will recommend a rebuild. During this service, a mechanic takes the transmission apart, determines which of these components needs replacing, and performs the necessary services. In many cases a rebuild is the more sensible option because it leaves the transmission’s functioning parts intact, including the casing and the core, which rarely need to be replaced.
A Transmission Rebuild is a Quality, Affordable Way to Repair a Transmission Replacing an entire transmission is more involved and expensive than rebuilding it. If you don’t want to spend the extra money to get a brand-new transmission, rebuilding is the best option for you. Some people opt to save money by going to a junkyard, finding a used transmission, and getting it installed at a transmission repair shop. But a rebuild is a higher quality way to get a functioning transmission, as junkyard transmissions are often unreliable because their history and quality cannot be verified.
A Transmission Rebuild Can Be Performed Faster Than a Replacement Before a transmission replacement can be performed, you have to wait for the new transmission to be ordered and delivered. If you don’t have an alternative method of transportation or you need to get your vehicle repaired as soon as possible, a transmission rebuild is a better choice than a replacement.
Call Allied Transmission of San Jose at (408) 916-5359 for more information about transmission rebuilds and replacements. To learn more about the transmission services we offer, visit our shop or check out our website today.