Do I Need a Transmission Flush?

There are plenty of fluids that run through your vehicle to keep everything working properly, but one of the lesser discussed ones is transmission fluid. Transmission fluid might not get as much attention as oil or brake fluid, but it is vital to the health and performance of your car. While you typically only need to have a transmission flush every 2 years, there are some situations where you should get one sooner. Do you need a transmission flush? What Does Transmission Fluid Do? Transmission fluid is a liquid responsible for lubricating the moving parts inside of your automobile’s transmission. If you have an automatic transmission, transmission fluid is a viscous fluid that moves power from the transmission to the engine and acts as a coolant. If you have a manual transmission, you should check which type of fluid your transmission needs. How Often Should Your Fluid Be Changed? You should start by checking your owner’s manual because the answer will depend on what type of transmission you have. A manual transmission typically requires fluid changes every 30,000-60,000 miles under normal use. An automatic transmission typically needs a fluid swap every 60,000 to 100,000 miles depending on the manufacturer. Why Do You Need a Transmission Flush? Grinding or Odd Noises: If your transmission is filled with grease, sludge or dirt, your car won’t be able to perform correctly. If you hear grinding sounds or other odd noises, you should check the fluid levels while the engine is on. The transmission fluid should appear a bright red shade and not black or brown, which signifies it is time for a flush. As long as the level is fine, the transmission will just need to be flushed to get out grime. If you notice a strange odor when you are checking the […]

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What Should I Do When My Car Won’t Start?

If you open your door this winter only to find that your car won’t start, there could be a variety of causes leading to the problem. From minor issues to major problems, we are experts at diagnosing a myriad of things that could be leading to your car sitting in your driveway instead of zooming down the road. What should you do when your car won’t start? If Your Starter Will Crank, But the Car Won’t Start If your car still won’t start, but the starter is cranking, you should start by checking the battery. If your battery is old, it could die at any given time. However, if a battery is low, it can still struggle to start things up if the level is low enough. A low battery can be jump-started, but a completely dead battery needs to be replaced before driving again. Then, check the following: Will the car start with the automatic transmission in neutral but not in park? This is a sign that there’s a problem with the neutral safety switch. Are the battery cables free from rust or corrosion? Are the cables tight? Is there enough fuel in the tank? If your fuel gauge is inaccurate, your car could be empty without you even realizing it. Does your car use an anti-theft mechanism that prevents the car from starting if the proper procedures aren’t followed? If Your Key Won’t Turn in the Ignition This could be preventing your automobile from turning on for a number of reasons. Sometimes, the steering is locked by the ignition lock or the wheels are pressed against something hard, like the curb. Try to wiggle the steering wheel left and right and adjust the ignition key to release the ignition lock. Another common key issue occurs when there is […]

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