Transmission Service

Using the latest in state-of-the-art technology, we will install a safe and effective cleaner to suspend harmful varnish and sludge from the transmission valve body, torque converter and lines and install new high-tech fluid with conditioners.

Just like your engine, you should have your transmission serviced regularly. When Gary's Automotive services your transmission, we:

  • Remove and inspect the pan
  • Clean or replace the screen
  • Clean the pan
  • Reinstall the pan
  • Install a new gasket
  • Replace old transmission fluid with new, high quality fluid
  • Make any additional needed changes and adjustments

By replacing the old transmission fluid, the expert team at Gary's Automotive essentially gives your vehicle’s transmission new life. The new fluid restores your clutch’s holding power. This reduces slip and heat production. Additionally, flushing the old fluid gets rid of small bits of clutch material and metal shavings, which can damage your transmission by clogging passages and wedging themselves between moving parts. Getting rid of the old fluid reduces wear within the transmission.

Replacing old fluid with new also provides better lubrication within the transmission, which boosts the holding ability of the transmission’s friction components. Improved lubrication also results in less heat. By decreasing friction and heat, your transmission will work better for a longer amount of time. A simple service can save you the money and time that come with a major transmission repair or replacement.

BASIC PARTS OF A TRANSMISSION

BELL HOUSING:

This is the cone shaped metal case that you can see when you peek underneath your car. If you have a front –wheel-drive car it’s stuck on the side of the engine under the hood. If your car is rear-wheel-drive, the transmission will be mounted underneath the car behind the engine.

GEARS:

Even though you are not shifting them, an automatic transmission has gears. They are broken into main gears and planetary gears. You need all of these to be able to drive.

Fluid:

Transmission fluid is very important to an automatic transmission. All of the magic happens in the fluid. Most cars come with red transmission fluid, good to know if you are looking for a leak.

Filter:

All of that fluid has to be clean for your car to shift gears at the right time. Keep things fresh, your transmission has a filter to catch any gunk. Now that you know a little about what’s happening in there, you can try to figure out why your transmission is acting up, or at least understand what your mechanic is talking about.

Fluid Level:

It is important to check your transmission fluid at least twice (2) a year. Not only can a low fluid level cause your car to shift poorly, it can eventually lead to transmission damage and a costly repair. If your car seems to be losing fluid on a regular basis, you may have a leak.

TRANSMISSION FILTER:

Your transmission filter is vital to its performance. If you haven’t replaced your filter in a while (or ever for a lot of us). Be sure to do this before you start talking about rebuilds or replacements. Most transmission problems cannot be fixed by the average do-it-yourselfer. There are just too many specialized tools and pieces of equipment you’ll need and buying this expensive gear just to screw up your first three tries at fixing the thing just doesn’t make too much sense.

TIME FOR REBUILD:

When your transmission gets tired enough, you’ll have to have it rebuilt. It’s true. For some makes and models of car, it’s true a little too often but that’s neither here nor there. The important thing is checking any other possible causes to your problem before you take the transmission apart, which is very expensive. If you haven’t replaced your filter yet, do it. This fixes a nice percentage of transmission problems. If your filter is good and nothing simple is out of adjustment, be prepared to drop some serious cash on the rebuild. The good news is that most shops warranty a transmission rebuild for a nice amount of time. Small consolations as you’re handing over the credit card, but at least you know that it will get fixed and stay fixed.

LOCATION

160 Rio Lindo Ave
Chico, CA 95926