Expert Transmission Service in Sarasota Since 1978
To keep your car in good running condition, it’s important to take it for regular services, and at Dave's Auto Repair we’ve got you covered. A typical vehicle maintenance service includes an oil change and transmission check. Much like with an oil change, our mechanics will drain the old transmission fluid and replace it with new fluid. They will also check the transmission oil pan as part of the service. The filters in your car get dirty or damaged and sometimes need cleaning or replacing. The same goes for the pan. Our mechanics will clean it and install a new pan gasket if necessary.
Why is a transmission service crucial for maintaining your vehicle? Your transmission is responsible for helping you change gears. It transfers the power generated by the engine to the drive axle so you can manage the power and slow down or speed up. Transmission fluid lubricates your transmission to keep everything running smoothly. It’s crucial to keep it clean in cars with automatic transmission because the fluid does more than provide lubrication. For one, it acts as a coolant. Your transmission fluid differs depending on what vehicle you own. Manual transmissions have a much wider range of fluids available. You can even use a motor or hypoid gear oils. Some manual cars easily run on Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF), but all automatic cars can only use ATFs. Remember to check the manual to see what transmission fluid is best for your vehicle.
Always look at your owner’s manual to see when to check your transmission. Manual transmission fluid tends to get dirty quite easily because the metal bearings and gears wear down over time. Most manual vehicles need a transmission service every 30,000-60,000 miles. Automatic transmission creates more heat, so the fluid breaks down over time. It also gets contaminated from worn parts. The recommended service is every 60,000-100,000 miles. Changing your transmission fluid is essential for keeping your car healthy. Here are a few things to look out for if you think your transmission might need a service or repair:
- Grinding noises from beneath the car when your engine is on
- Difficulty shifting gears
- Gears slip when changing them
- Car standstill when even if you push the gas pedal
If your car is exhibiting any of these problems, bring it over to Dave's Auto Repair in Sarasota. Our experienced mechanics will diagnose and fix any issues in no time. We are open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Call us on (941) 371-5981 or make an appointment here.