Transmission Problems Caused by Battery Terminal Corrosion

Car Batteries and Your Transmission Every so often you notice it: The transmission shifts a little late, or maybe it seems to miss a gear entirely. Then it’s okay again… for a little while. Worst of all, there’s no rhyme or reason behind the condition. One minute it’s fine, the next it’s not. So you pop the hood and you notice it: A big mountain of corrosion on the battery terminals. You’ll have to take care of that, but it can’t have anything to do with the transmission, right? Wrong. In fact, there’s a good chance you just found your transmission problem. That’s because nearly every shift on today’s transmissions is operated electrically through a computer system. And that computer...

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Rebuild Or reman? The difference Is The Shop!

Rebuild or Reman? Many general repair shops are getting into the transmission repair business by offering to install “reman” transmissions. What is a reman? A reman is a transmission that’s been remanufactured in a factory setting, and shipped to the repair shop to be installed as a complete unit. Is it okay to buy a reman? That’s a pretty broad question. The answer depends on the quality of the reman itself. Some are very high quality; others less so. More important than the reman itself, however, is the shop or technician performing the diagnosis. Remember: Many cars with transmission problems don’t actually need a new transmission. And, if your car doesn’t need a new transmission, you shouldn’t pay for one. But if the technician performing...

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Winter Hazards and Your Transmission

Winter Conditions and Your Transmission Winter conditions vary geographically, but there are a few conditions that are common to most of the US and Canada during the winter months. How you deal with those conditions can have a dramatic effect on your transmission. Cold Temperatures — For a good part of the Northern Hemisphere, winter means cold weather. As temperatures drop, fluids thicken, reducing their ability to lubricate. In most of the US, you can deal with this simply by driving slowly for the first few miles, until your engine and transmission reach normal operating temperature. Avoid letting your car idle for extended periods. Sure, the passenger compartment will be nice and toasty by the time you get ready to go,...

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How Much will it Cost to Fix My Transmission?

 How Much Will It Cost To Fix My Transmission? No way to tell… at least, not yet. Not until the problem has been checked thoroughly by a qualified technician. After performing those tests, a technician will be able to tell you whether you’re dealing with a problem inside the transmission, or a problem in the vehicle systems that control transmission operation. But then he’ll be able to give you a price, right? Well, no… not completely. If the problem is in the computer system, the technician will probably have to perform additional diagnosis to identify the specific cause of the problem. That may take a half hour, or may take a few hours, depending on the problem. Once he’s identified...

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