Get it in gear!
Automatic Transmission Service
The transmission in your vehicle makes sure that the engine’s power is consistent with your speed and the weight of the vehicle. Most issues in an automatic transmission are due to problems involving the transmission fluid – leaks, or old fluid for example – this can lead to problems shifting gears.
If you notice a grinding sound coming from your transmission, the smell of burning transmission fluid, your vehicle’s inability to stay in gear or changing gear when it shouldn’t, or the engine light comes on, give us a call and we can check things out for you.
If you suspect there is an issue with your vehicle’s transmission, call us so we can sort it out and help you avoid any major issues down the road.
CV Axles & Joints
The axle sits between the wheels of your vehicle. It works with the suspension to help your vehicle handle uneven surfaces, turns and bumps while giving you a smooth and comfortable ride. The axle is attached to the wheels by the CV joints, which give the vehicle some flexibility. Issues with turning are often associated with a problem with the CV axle. Just like all parts of your vehicle, we want to help you catch these things early on to prevent further damage or possibly dangerous driving conditions.
The CV joint (Constant-Velocity joint) is part of the CV axle (see, ‘CV axle’) that is just as it sounds – it’s a joint between the axle and the wheel to give your vehicle some flexibility on the road to make it more durable and you and your passengers more comfortable on bumpy roads. CV joints tend to last a long time, but the ‘boot’ covering on them can become damaged, which can create issues. This boot is an inexpensive part, but if left to continue to be damaged, a new CV joint itself will be required, which is more costly for you. It’s best if we can catch this damage early so that we just have to replace the boot.
Four Wheel Drive
Four-wheel drive vehicles can come in different types, being either part-time four-wheel drive where you can turn this feature on and off as needed or full-time four-wheel drive where the vehicle is always in this mode. Four-wheel drive means that all of the wheels of the vehicle receive power, which makes it easier to drive on difficult terrain, but is less efficient on mileage. Maintenance of four-wheel drive vehicles is impacted by where you tend to drive and how rough of a terrain you drive on. Four-wheel drive is made up of: differentials, hubs and the transfer case.
A transfer case applies torque, which is required for four-wheel drive. Vehicles have a different type of transfer case depending on whether it is a full-time four-wheel drive or part-time four-wheel drive. Grinding, issues with shifting in and out of four-wheel drive and leaking of the lubricant are signs of a problem with the transfer case.
We want your four-wheel drive to be working smoothly so you have the control and performance you expect.
Front Wheel Drive
In front-wheel drive vehicles, the power from the engine goes into the two front wheels. This means that front-wheel drive vehicles get better gas mileage than four-wheel drive vehicles, but there is some trade off for control in tricky terrains. Whatever the drive wheel configuration of your vehicles, we can service it and identify any problems you may be experiencing. It’s important to us to keep your vehicle driving as efficiently and safely as it can.
Overdrive is the highest gear in automatic transmission vehicles that kicks in when you’re driving on the highway. The purpose of this is for your vehicle to drive as efficiently as possible at higher speeds, while maintaining that highway speed. This keeps the engine operating at the best fuel economy possible. Vehicles may or may not have a button to turn on overdrive, but in many cases, it is automatically selected in automatic transmission vehicles. In standard transmission vehicles, the overdrive is usually the fifth gear.
We can take a look at your overdrive transmission to keep your engine from overworking itself when you’re on the highway and help you save on gas. Call us if you have any concerns about your vehicle’s fuel economy and how you can get its best performance!
In a standard transmission vehicle, the driver manually switches the gears in the vehicle. A standard transmission is made up of a few parts including the clutch. If any one of these parts is not functioning properly, you may experience problems switching gears while driving, which can be harmful for your vehicle and eventually lead to costly repairs. Transmission fluid also needs to be checked and replaced regularly to keep everything running smoothly in all vehicles. If you experience any looseness or stiffness in your clutch, stalling or noise coming from your transmission, your vehicle should be brought into us so we can take a look and help you stay away from pricey part replacements down the road.
The clutch in standard transmission vehicles allows the driver to shift gears according to speed. The clutch works with other components of the transmission to engage and disengage the transmission from the engine. Aggressive driving, improper use, and use over time can damage the clutch. Many, but not all, vehicles with standard transmission are older vehicles, so it is especially important to keep up on maintenance. Slipping or sticking clutches indicate a problem and should be inspected right away, because the ability to change gears could be compromised. If you have any problems with your clutch, give us a call so we can take a look and save you from more problems down the road.