Do I Service or Flush and what is the difference?
Service!! Never flush your transmission! Most Transmissions have a filter, some don’t. During a transmission service the transmission pan is dropped and the magnet and pan are cleaned.( Drain Plug magnet on those without a “pan”) Filter is replaced on models that have an external filter( Some have mesh filters that can be cleaned thoroughly and reused. And 1/2 -3/4 of the fluid is drained and replaced with clean vehicle specific fluid! When Done every 20,000-30,000 miles there is plenty clean fluid for your transmission.
Flushing takes all the material that is in the pan and on the magnet and shoves it with extreme force back through your valve body will plug up valves speedy quick and into the transmission. A flush is the quickest route to needing a transmission rebuild.The Manufacturer did not give your transmission and pan, magnet and filter for no reason. Service Never Flush
Will a Transmission Service fix my transmission problem?
95 times out of 100 the answer is, No! Service is to maintain the transmission and extend the time that you have before needing a rebuild. The only issues that a transmission service will correct are as follows… Low fluid, overfilled fluid, wrong fluid used( if not driven extensively since incorrect fluid was used. Dropped or broken filter. At times if your vehicle hits the transmission pan hard enough it will cause a filter to crack or fall out of place.
Why do some repairs require diagnostic time?
While Technology has come a long way, it still needs a professional to interpret the data it provides and test specific components that said data points us to. The diagnostic equipment alone has to be constantly updated to stay current with vehicles and their components. While our initial test drive and code scan is complimentary, a data scan and further testing requires manpower and no employees work without pay or tools.
Leaks- When a vehicle has been driven with a leak the fluid spreads all over the undercarriage of the vehicle. This must be cleaned. The vehicle is then run on the lift to pinpoint exactly what is leaking. Not only does this tie up lift time but also a staff member. Time equals money in any part of life. We do not expect our staff to work for free and guessing only costs you more money, it leads to parts being replaced that do not need replacement. Diagnose and then repair!
How much will repairs cost?
Cost is dependant on many things. Condition of the vehicle, type of repairs that have been diagnosed,to be needed, fluid types and quantity, warranty desired, parts that are inspected and are in need of replacement, amount of labor required and payment type. (We do offer a cash discount). This is why internet and over the phone quotes are so difficult to narrow down. For an exact quote we need to see the vehicle and properly diagnose it!
True or False... The Dealer is the only place that can service and repair my vehicle?
False!! The only time that we refer you back to the Dealership is if your vehicle’s service or repairs are under warranty! It only makes sense to pay if you have to. If your vehicle is no longer under warranty then there is no need to pay dealer prices. Our Master Technician is a rebuilder, with 30+ years in the specialty of Transmissions and Driveline Repair. Transmission Repair is not General Repair, it is a specialty field Dealership Mechanics are parts replacers. They don’t repair what you have because they don’t know how, they replace it.
How long will repairs take?
How much time it takes to make repairs is dependant on multiple things. Most importantly authorization to complete repairs hangs on the customers shoulder. We will not order parts nor begin repairs until we have written or electronic authorization. (Florida State Mandate and the correct way to do business!) Parts, Parts availability, is the second determining factor in how soon your vehicle will repaired. Many minor parts can be received within 30 minutes. Rebuild parts and Torque converters can be delivered in 2-48 hours. Many Differential parts we order from Michigan as we only install parts at Dan’s that we can trust for the long haul! Lastly completion is dependant on the shop schedule and how many vehicles need repairs and what type of repairs are being done on any given day. Three to five days is average, we have completed repairs in 24 hours and we have some that take weeks due to lack of authorization. You help speed up your repairs by giving prompt authorization!
Why Does Every Motorist Need A Transmission Specialist?
Every Vehicle Has A Transmission!
Inside Automatic Transmissions there can be upwards of 800 parts and the newer the vehicle the more complex they have become. Think of your transmission as the “heart” of your vehicle. Without your transmission, the rest of your vehicle is useless. This makes your transmission the most integral part of your vehicle, aside from your engine. If your heart was giving you trouble, would you go see your General Physician? No! You would seek a Heart Specialist. Why? Because, a specialist is a person who concentrates primarily on a specific subject or activity; a person highly skilled in a specific and/ or restricted field. A Transmission Specialist is a person whose skill, knowledge and expertise are dedicated to the field of Transmission and Driveline repair.
Every Transmission requires maintenance. Maintaining your vehicle is much cheaper than repairing your vehicle.
Here at Dan’s your transmission is recommended to be serviced every 20,000 -30,000 miles (dependent on driving patterns and conditions). A Transmission Service on most vehicles is the removal of the transmission pan, disposal of the used transmission fluid, replacement of the Transmission Filter, cleaning the transmission pan and magnet, re-installation on of the transmission pan and the refilling the transmission with the correct fluid. During a routine service a visual inspection is completed to ensure the proper condition and working order for other components that affect transmission performance and durability such as, Engine and Transmission Mounts, CV axles, Differentials, Transfer Cases, and even tires.
Why Should I take my vehicle to a Transmission Specialist just for a service?
With all the models that are available on the market today, many require a vehicle specific fluid, require that the vehicle be at a certain operating temperature or that the vehicle to be running during the refill process. If the refill process is not completed properly your transmission will not have the necessary fluid it needs to operate properly and when driven in this condition will create the need for major repairs. Manufactures are also making it ever more difficult and disastrous to service your transmissions at home. Many of the newer transmissions do not leave you access to check your transmission fluid level regularly. Here at Dan’s we have the special equipment required to service your vehicle’s needs. Transmissions are what we do day in and day out.
It is always best to seek out a transmission specialist before you are in disparate need of a service or repair.
What are some tips when seeking out a transmission specialist?
We never recommend making a decision under stressful circumstances, such as while you are sitting with your family in a broken-down vehicle on a busy highway, blocking traffic. In this case you need to know where to turn in these stressful times and what repair facility will service the type of transmission and vehicle that you own. Are they willing to assist you even if it is not transmission related?
Transmission repair is an extensive process and can be an extreme inconvenience, as well as a costly investment. You want to be sure that your transmission is one that is serviced at the facility of your choice and that they use a true diagnostic process to determine the source of the malfunction. No one wants to pay for parts that their vehicle does not need or that will not fix the issue there vehicle is having.
Make sure that you are aware of your facilities processes, and recommendations….
Not all vehicles transmission problems require a rebuild. Be prepared for the worst-case scenario, but ask to see proof of failure. Also, if they will allow you to see the parts that were replaced after your car repairs are completed. Provided you promptly pick up your vehicle all parts replaced should still be present. (Excluding cores unless you are paying to keep them)
What Questions Should I Ask?
What is your warranty?
Ask this with every repair as some parts may carry a different warranty.
- How do you determine what is wrong with my vehicle and if it is transmission related?
You do not want a facility that will guess at repairs. It is impossible to diagnosis a vehicle over the telephone or internet. Without a diagnosis there is no way to know what needs to be replaced. A misdiagnosis can be very costly.
- Are they willing to assist you even if it is not transmission related?
- What is their labor rate for your vehicle? Do they have a diagnostic rate? Programming rate?
These are the only true costs that can be determined without a diagnosis and inspection. It is impossible for a facility to give a price for repair when they do not have a complete list of what is damaged.
- When will you be contacted regarding necessary repairs?
Authorization is required by Florida State Law prior to repairs being made.
- Does their estimate include all taxes, and fees?
These costs add up faster than you may think and you want to be prepared when you arrive to pick up your vehicle.
- What is the average amount of time it will take to repair my transmission?
Some vehicle parts are not as readily available as others. Keep in mind prompt authorization allows for faster completion of repairs.
- Do they offer towing if your vehicle breaks down? If so what is the cost?
This can vary due to type and size of vehicle.
- What are their facility hours? Do their hours meet your scheduling needs for regular service and pick up after completed repairs?
- Do they charge storage fees if you cannot promptly pick up your vehicle after a service or repair? If so how much? And how long do you have before those fees will be charged?
- Do they offer courtesy transportation to and from the facility or to a rental car facility while your vehicle is in for repairs?
- What methods of payment methods do they accept?
Being prepared with the proper payment method will save you time and headache at pick up.
- Will they require an alignment after necessary repairs or will they complete alignment before they deliver the vehicle to you?
- Do they offer Financing? If so what are the terms? How can their financing be beneficial to you?
What are common signs of transmission issues?
Check Engine Light is on – This is your vehicles warning system-Do Not Ignore
- Grinding Noises – Grinding leads to wear and damage
- Delayed Shifts
- Missing gears – Are you unable to use Reverse or overdrive?
- Gear Searching
- Hard Shifts
- Leaking – Fluids should never leak from closed parts of your vehicle.
- Failure to shift out of or into a gear
- Thudding noises… is it a wheel bearing or a transmission part failing?
- Failure to enter park, reverse, neutral, or drive? Is this transmission failure or a broken shifter cable?
These signs do not necessarily equal a rebuild. Proper Diagnostics and Inspection are required to determine cause and required repairs.
Continuing to drive your vehicle while these symptoms are present will increase the damage done. The more damage, the higher the cost of repair. We stress early maintenance and repair. Maintenance is always the less expensive route. We seek to repair unless a rebuild is necessary or desired.