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Many Americans drive an automatic transmission for a smoother experience, but did you know that an automatic is typically more expensive to maintain and repair than a manual?

Your car's transmission is the most complex component of the vehicle - especially those with front wheel drive technology or computerized systems. In fact, today's average automatic is made up of over three thousand parts.  Those parts can cost a lot of money, especially for imports and older cars. This harsh reality makes a transmission one of the most expensive car parts to repair. That's why it's so important to stay up to date with preventative maintenance on your vehicle's transmission.

Many Americans drive an automatic transmission for a smoother experience, but did you know that an automatic is typically more expensive to maintain and repair than a manual?

Your car's transmission is the most complex component of the vehicle - especially those with front wheel drive technology or computerized systems. In fact, today's average automatic is made up of over three thousand parts.  Those parts can cost a lot of money, especially for imports and older cars. This harsh reality makes a transmission one of the most expensive car parts to repair. That's why it's so important to stay up to date with preventative maintenance on your vehicle's transmission.

How often to service your automatic transmission is a matter of much debate across the industry - many mechanics believe the 100,000-150,000 mile recommendation from some manufacturer's maintenance schedules is too long. At A-1 Transmission we think it's a good idea to check the transmission fluid twice a year or every 50,000 miles. Transmission fluid is the most important factor in maintaining your transmission. The transmission depends on it to do all the work. The transmission fluid transfers hydraulic pressure to shift the gears, lubricates the moving parts, and keeps the transmission cool.

Your automatic transmission has to do a lot of work and doesn't get as much regular attention as the engine. Everyone knows that engine oil must be changed regularly for the engine to last, but what about the transmission? It's very similar! Transmission fluid lasts longer than oil, but still deteriorates over time. Hard use such as frequent stop-and-go city driving, hauling heavy loads or trailer towing will accelerate the wear and tear. Harsh activity like that raises the temperature of the transmission, which puts more strain on it. Keep your transmission fluid clean and at a proper level to prevent a costly repair bill. Some automatics have filters that should be replaced or cleaned when the fluid is changed, too.

What are common symptoms of transmission problems?
Burnt smelling fluid that is dark in color
Metallic particles in the bottom of the oil pan
Delay in shifting
Unable to shift into higher gears
Transmission jerks or slips

One benefit to checking your transmission fluid regularly is identifying leaks as soon as they start. If it seems like your car is regularly losing fluid, you may have a leak. If that's the case, not to worry, we'll be able to find it quickly because there are only a few places in the transmission that can leak. It's important to remember that fluid changes are not a cure-all. If your automatic transmission has an issue such as gears slipping, rough shifting or a different mechanical problem, we will let you know and give honest recommendations on how to correctly address the problem.

We know it can be a costly and nerve-wracking experience when something goes wrong with your transmission. We are trusted mechanics who take care of our customers. We pride ourselves on quality customer service. Want an honest opinion on your automatic transmission? Call 253-581-1479.
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Many Americans drive an automatic transmission for a smoother experience, but did you know that an automatic is typically more expensive to maintain and repair than a manual?

Your car's transmission is the most complex component of the vehicle - especially those with front wheel drive technology or computerized systems. In fact, today's average automatic is made up of over three thousand parts.  Those parts can cost a lot of money, especially for imports and older cars. This harsh reality makes a transmission one of the most expensive car parts to repair. That's why it's so important to stay up to date with preventative maintenance on your vehicle's transmission.
How often to service your automatic transmission is a matter of much debate across the industry - many mechanics believe the 100,000-150,000 mile recommendation from some manufacturer's maintenance schedules is too long. At A-1 Transmission we think it's a good idea to check the transmission fluid twice a year or every 50,000 miles. Transmission fluid is the most important factor in maintaining your transmission. The transmission depends on it to do all the work. The transmission fluid transfers hydraulic pressure to shift the gears, lubricates the moving parts, and keeps the transmission cool.

Your automatic transmission has to do a lot of work and doesn't get as much regular attention as the engine. Everyone knows that engine oil must be changed regularly for the engine to last, but what about the transmission? It's very similar! Transmission fluid lasts longer than oil, but still deteriorates over time. Hard use such as frequent stop-and-go city driving, hauling heavy loads or trailer towing will accelerate the wear and tear. Harsh activity like that raises the temperature of the transmission, which puts more strain on it. Keep your transmission fluid clean and at a proper level to prevent a costly repair bill. Some automatics have filters that should be replaced or cleaned when the fluid is changed, too.

What are common symptoms of transmission problems?
•Burnt smelling fluid that is dark in color
•Metallic particles in the bottom of the oil pan
•Delay in shifting
•Unable to shift into higher gears
•Transmission jerks or slips

One benefit to checking your transmission fluid regularly is identifying leaks as soon as they start. If it seems like your car is regularly losing fluid, you may have a leak. If that's the case, not to worry, we'll be able to find it quickly because there are only a few places in the transmission that can leak. It's important to remember that fluid changes are not a cure-all. If your automatic transmission has an issue such as gears slipping, rough shifting or a different mechanical problem, we will let you know and give honest recommendations on how to correctly address the problem.

We know it can be a costly and nerve-wracking experience when something goes wrong with your transmission. We are trusted mechanics who take care of our customers. We pride ourselves on quality customer service. Want an honest opinion on your automatic transmission? Call 253-581-1479.
Many Americans drive an automatic transmission for a smoother experience, but did you know that an automatic is typically more expensive to maintain and repair than a manual?

Your car's transmission is the most complex component of the vehicle - especially those with front wheel drive technology or computerized systems. In fact, today's average automatic is made up of over three thousand parts.  Those parts can cost a lot of money, especially for imports and older cars. This harsh reality makes a transmission one of the most expensive car parts to repair. That's why it's so important to stay up to date with preventative maintenance on your vehicle's transmission.


How often to service your automatic transmission is a matter of much debate across the industry - many mechanics believe the 100,000-150,000 mile recommendation from some manufacturer's maintenance schedules is too long. At A-1 Transmission we think it's a good idea to check the transmission fluid twice a year or every 50,000 miles. Transmission fluid is the most important factor in maintaining your transmission. The transmission depends on it to do all the work. The transmission fluid transfers hydraulic pressure to shift the gears, lubricates the moving parts, and keeps the transmission cool.

Your automatic transmission has to do a lot of work and doesn't get as much regular attention as the engine. Everyone knows that engine oil must be changed regularly for the engine to last, but what about the transmission? It's very similar! Transmission fluid lasts longer than oil, but still deteriorates over time. Hard use such as frequent stop-and-go city driving, hauling heavy loads or trailer towing will accelerate the wear and tear. Harsh activity like that raises the temperature of the transmission, which puts more strain on it. Keep your transmission fluid clean and at a proper level to prevent a costly repair bill. Some automatics have filters that should be replaced or cleaned when the fluid is changed, too.

What are common symptoms of transmission problems?
•Burnt smelling fluid that is dark in color
•Metallic particles in the bottom of the oil pan
•Delay in shifting
•Unable to shift into higher gears
•Transmission jerks or slips

One benefit to checking your transmission fluid regularly is identifying leaks as soon as they start. If it seems like your car is regularly losing fluid, you may have a leak. If that's the case, not to worry, we'll be able to find it quickly because there are only a few places in the transmission that can leak. It's important to remember that fluid changes are not a cure-all. If your automatic transmission has an issue such as gears slipping, rough shifting or a different mechanical problem, we will let you know and give honest recommendations on how to correctly address the problem.

We know it can be a costly and nerve-wracking experience when something goes wrong with your transmission. We are trusted mechanics who take care of our customers. We pride ourselves on quality customer service. Want an honest opinion on your automatic transmission? Call 253-581-1479.