Gear Up: Transmission Service at Alternative Automotive in Escondido

Posted May 10, 2020 10:31 AM

The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling faster. If you have a standard transmission, then you have to do the work of shifting gears yourself. But with an automatic transmission, the vehicle shifts gears on its own. It automatically starts out in low gear and automatically shifts to high gears as it gets rolling. Again, it will automatically shift to a lower gear to climb hills or when you need a burst of speed.

How does it know when to change gears? Today's automatic transmissions are computer-controlled. The computer gathers information about what the vehicle is doing and changes the gears as needed.

Automatic transmissions are becoming more sophisticated all the time. More gears, or “speeds,” are being added. Almost all vehicles have at least four speeds. Five or six is common. Some are even increasing to seven or eight – up to ten. Adding gears has a lot of advantages for Escondido vehicle owners: it improves fuel economy and increases performance.

But there is a drawback for drivers in Escondido: more gears equal more parts and a more complex transmission system. Plus, all those parts need to fit into the same space as older, less complex transmissions. This means that today's transmissions are engineered to much tighter tolerances. In other words, they demand meticulous care from Escondido drivers. Transmissions are designed for durability. But that durability can be compromised if they aren't given proper care.

That's why changing transmission fluid is such an important part of preventive maintenance for vehicles in Escondido. Transmission fluid lubricates the transmission and keeps it in good working order. But if the fluid runs low, transmission parts will wear out quickly or suffer damage due to increased friction. The transmission can even fail.

Dirty transmission fluid can clog the small passageways in the transmission, blocking lubricant from reaching all of its parts. Again, this can lead to increased wear, damage or failure.

New transmissions aren't cheap. Repairing them isn't cheap either. But changing transmission fluid is fairly inexpensive at Alternative Automotive in Escondido. That's why responsible car care includes maintenance on the transmission system at Alternative Automotive. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that periodic fluid changes aren't just good auto advice, they actually pay for themselves by preventing transmission repairs.

Alternative Automotive
137 S Vinewood St
Escondido, CA 92029
(760) 480-0851
http://www.alternativeautoescondido.net



Search



Archive

December 2018 (16)
January 2019 (5)
February 2019 (4)
March 2019 (5)
April 2019 (4)
May 2019 (4)
June 2019 (5)
July 2019 (4)
August 2019 (4)
September 2019 (5)
October 2019 (4)
November 2019 (4)
December 2019 (5)
January 2020 (5)
February 2020 (4)
March 2020 (5)
April 2020 (4)
May 2020 (5)
June 2020 (4)
July 2020 (4)
August 2020 (5)
September 2020 (4)
October 2020 (4)
November 2020 (5)
December 2020 (4)
January 2021 (6)
February 2021 (4)
March 2021 (4)
April 2021 (4)
May 2021 (5)
June 2021 (4)
July 2021 (4)
August 2021 (1)

Categories

Air Conditioning (3)Alignment (5)Alternator (1)Auto Safety (1)Automotive News (4)Battery (6)Brakes (1)Cabin Air Filter (4)Cooling System (5)Dashboard (2)Diagnostics (3)Diesel Maintenance (1)Drive Train (2)Exhaust (3)Fluids (9)Fuel Economy (4)Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down (1)Fuel System (16)Headlamps (2)Inspection (2)Maintenance (19)Monitoring System (2)Oil Change (1)Older Vehicles (2)Parts (4)Safety (2)Serpentine Belt (1)Service Intervals (2)Service Standards (3)Shocks & Struts (2)Steering (4)Suspension (1)Timing Belt (4)Tires (1)Tires and Wheels (9)TPMS (1)Transmission (3)Warranty (1)What Customers Should Know (12)Wheel Bearings (1)Windshield Wipers (3)Winter Prep (1)