Question 1: How much does a rebuilt transmission cost ?
Answer: Rebuilt transmissions vary greatly in price due to many factors. From the actual type of transmission. The year, make, model, and manufacturer of the vehicle. Also, the amount of damage that has been done to the transmission during it's failure. The best way to find out how serious of a problem you have and the costs involved is to simply bring it into one of our shops for a FREE Transmission Performance Check and Computer Diagnosis. Let's take all the wild "phone quotes" and guesswork out of the process, and find out what it will take to repair your transmission properly.
Question 2: How often should Igive my transmission a fluid service?
Answer: Vehicle manufacturers service interval recommendations vary a lot, and let's not forget that they earn more money repairing transmissions than they do servicing transmissions. That being said, most of the trade organizations in the industry recommend a fluid service every 15,000 miles, or once a year, whichever comes first. We feel this is good advice, because it also gives us an opportunity to check for leaks, etc.
Question 3: How can I make my transmission last longer?
Answer: Just as the Dentist say's to you, "don't ignore them". Check the transmission fluid level and condition periodically, repair any leaks or other problems promptly,so they don't cause further damage. Of course, most importantly, service the transmission regularly. If the vehicle is used for towing, hauling or commercial use, or in high ambient operating temperatures, an auxiliary cooler can also help it last longer.
Question 4: How long should an automatic transmission last?
Answer: There isn't an accurate answer to that question. The mileage and years of use vary so greatly on failed transmissions that we don't see a positive connection between the two and transmission failure. Not that age and mileage can't be factors, they obviously are to some degree. The biggest factors in a transmission's life however, are the amount of service they get and how the vehicle is driven, gently or aggressively. Aggressive driving habits are probably the greatest single cause of moat transmission failures.
Question 5: My car isn't driving right, my check engine light is on, do i have transmission problems?
Answer: The check engine light, or MIL,( Malfunction Indicator Lamp ) comes on when the vehicles' onboard computer senses an abnormal range reading from something on the vehicle. This could be almost anything on a very late model vehicle because of the huge amount of information being processed by the computer ( over 5 Million impulses per second ) While it could be a transmission or engine problem, often, the light is only on due to a sensor, pulsator, or an actuator failure. Usually fairly minor. Find out for sure with our FREE Transmission Computer Diagnosis.