Driving in Cleveland, a transmission working in tip-top shape is a must. From time to time, even with regular maintenance, your transmission may need to be repaired. Repairs can range from simply replacing external components, like sensors, electronics, and even valves to complete rebuilding of the transmission. In fact, it’s recommended that you have your transmission serviced according to your factory maintenance schedule. For most manufactures fluid and filter changes are recommended every 30,000 to 50,000 miles.
While the thought of transmission repair may make you feel uneasy, MasterWorks Automotive is here to help you feel at ease. Our ASE certified technicians will get to the root of the problem and have the expertise and experience to handle every area of transmission repair including complete rebuilding. Our honest, expert auto care will not only take care of you, but your transmission as well.
Our Transmission Services Include:
- Transmission repair
- Transmission rebuild
- Transmission flush or fluid change
- Filter replacement
- Clutch adjustment
- Clutch replacement
We have been servicing transmissions in Cleveland,Ohio with honest, expert, affordable service for quite some time now. Stop in today to see how we can save you time and money with a proper assessment of your transmission’s health.
What is a Transmission?
An automotive transmission is a complex device that transfers power from the engine to the wheels. It uses a system of mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical components in most cases controlled by a computer to make this happen. By selecting different gears, the transmission allows the vehicle to move as slow or as fast as necessary all while keeping the engine within an optimal range of RPM or revolutions per minute. Your engine runs best at a certain RPM range and it is the transmission’s job to make sure that the power is delivered to the wheels while keeping the engine within that range. It does this through various gear combinations.
At low speed, the engine turns much faster in relation to the wheels, while driving at high speed the engine is working very little even though the car may be going in excess of 60 MPH.
In addition to the various forward gears, a transmission also has a neutral position which disconnects the engine from the wheels, and reverse, which causes the wheels to turn in the opposite direction allowing you to back up. Finally, in the park position, the parking pawl (a device fitted to your vehicle’s transmission), engages which locks the transmission, thereby preventing the car from rolling.
There are three types of transmission services that can be performed depending on the factory recommendation:
- Drain and fill
- Fluid and filter change
- Transmission flush
Transmission Fluid Drain and Fill Service
A transmission fluid drain and fill service is the typical factory recommendation for most Asian and European makes of vehicles. On these vehicles the transmission pan, which holds a large supply of transmission fluid, has a drain plug which allows transmission fluid to drain from the system when the plug is removed. Typically, the transmission pan will hold 4 to 8 quarts of transmission fluid. Total capacity of a transmission holds anywhere from 10 to 16 quarts of transmission fluid and even more depending on the size of the vehicle. Only part of the fluid is replaced with the new fluid replenishing detergents and lubricating agents that have broken down in the old fluid. These transmissions do not have a serviceable filter.
Transmission Fluid and Filter Change
A transmission fluid and filter change service is the typical factory recommendation for most domestic makes of vehicles. This service is recommended for transmissions that do not have a drain plug on the transmission pan. On these vehicles, the transmission pan must be removed to drain the fluid. At the same time this allows access to the transmission filter which should be serviced at the same time. Once again only part of the transmission’s total fluid capacity is replaced.
A transmission flush should only be performed if the transmission has become contaminated. One common situation is when the transmission cooler inside the radiator leaks allowing engine coolant into the transmission. In this case, all the fluid must be replaced and the transmission must be cleaned. Contrary to popular opinion a transmission flush is not recommended as regular maintenance by most vehicle manufacturers. There are several reasons why:
- It is simply not necessary to replace all the fluid at one time and doing so with the correct fluid can be a needless expense.
- In most cases, when all the fluid is flushed it is usually replaced with a universal fluid or in some cases the wrong fluid for the car. Another reason commonly expressed by transmission rebuilders is that replacing all the fluid will actually shock the rubber components and seals that are essential to the function of the transmission. These components are kept supple by the transmission fluid however with time the transmission fluid losses some of its ability to do this.
The rubber components and seals can lose some of their elasticity. Replenishing the transmission fluid can restore these properties in a healthy way. Replacing the fluid entirely can actually make this process happen too fast and actually cause the rubber to break down. This effect has been noted by many transmission rebuilders as transmissions have a higher rate of failure shortly after they have been flushed.
A Thorough Diagnosis of Your Transmission
Any time your transmission is serviced at MasterWorks Automotive we’ll road test your vehicle and look at the following:
- Fluid levels
- Engine operation
- Axles, CV joints, boots, etc
- Transmission and engine mounts
- Leaks and seeps
- Drive shaft and undercarriage
- Transmission linkages
- Cooling system operation
- Differential operation
- Transmission pan
We also use only factory recommended transmission fluids and keep them in stock to make sure we have what you need when you need us.