Last updated 6 days ago
There are few things car owners fear more than a broken transmission. Depending on how bad the problem is, your transmission can either be repaired or rebuilt—but neither option is necessarily cheap. But just as you can extend the life of your car’s engine with diligent care and routine maintenance, so too can you prolong the life of your car’s transmission. To help save you a few bucks and keep you on the road longer, here are some helpful tips to maximize the longevity of your car’s transmission.
Avoid Aggressive Driving
Driving like a maniac isn’t just dangerous and illegal, but it’s also one of the fastest ways to wear out your vehicle’s transmission. Slamming on the gas and screeching to a stop are very hard on the transmission, so take it easy if you want to extend its life.
Don’t Use Your Transmission as a Brake
Although some drivers claim that slowing down with the transmission is better than slowing down with the brakes, the simple fact is that brake pads are relatively cheap to replace, and rebuilt or new transmissions are not.
Shift Only When the Car is Stopped
Shifting from reserve to drive and vice versa (in an automatic transmission) should only be done when your vehicle is completely stopped. Shifting while your car is still moving overstresses your car’s U Joints and can put a great deal of strain on the transmission clutch and differential.
Keep Up with Routine Transmission Maintenance
The easiest way to extend the life of your transmission is to keep up with routine maintenance. Depending on the make, model, and year of your car, you will need to have the transmission fluid and filter changed every 15,000-30,000 miles. Consult your owner’s manual or ask your local transmission expert for details.
Another way to extend the longevity of your transmission is by bringing it in for repairs at the first sign of trouble. From small transmission leaks to complete overhauls, the transmission experts here at Superior Transmissions can keep your automatic or manual transmission running strong for years to come. If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, call us at (301) 358-6288 to schedule an appointment for your vehicle.
Last updated 15 days ago
Transmission problems don’t go away by themselves. In fact, transmission problems only get worse over time. This means that the longer you wait to have your transmission serviced by a professional mechanic, the more expensive the transmission repair will be. To save money and time, know the signs and symptoms of early transmission trouble. This will allow you to bring your vehicle in at the first sign of trouble, which can prevent major damage in the long run. Watch this video to learn how to diagnose transmission problems.
If your manual or automatic transmission is displaying any of the signs of symptoms mentioned in this video, come see the transmission repair experts at Superior Transmissions. Serving the entire Washington, D.C. area, our transmission repair experts can have you back on the road in no time. For more information about our transmission services, contact us online or call us at (301) 358-6288.
Last updated 22 days ago
The transmission is responsible for directing the power from your car’s engine to the driveshaft. Because it is made up of hundreds of parts, it is one of the most complex components inside your vehicle. Unfortunately, without proper maintenance, it is also one of the parts most prone to breaking down and requiring repairs. Here at Superior Transmissions of Washington, D.C., we service a huge number of transmissions each day, but some of the most common transmission repairs we perform include:
Leaky Seals and Gaskets
Over time, the seals and gaskets in a transmission will wear down. When this happens, the transmission fluid will leak out of the transmission. Although a leak is very easy to detect visually (simply look for a puddle of transmission fluid beneath your car), other symptoms of a possible fluid leak include gear slippage or slow shifting.
The solenoid controls the flow of fluid throughout the transmissions. When a problem with the solenoid arises, the symptoms are usually similar to those of inadequate fluid levels or fluid leaks. If you experience gear slippage or slow shifting and there are no signs of a leak, the solenoid may need to be replaced. Fortunately, this is an easy task for our transmission repair experts, and we can have you back on the road in no time.
If your vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission, the clutch will wear out—it’s simply a question of when. A clutch problem can cause violent shaking underneath your vehicle, grinding noises during shifting, and a significant drop in the power output of your engine. If you are experiencing any of these problems, bring your car to Superior Transmissions and let us inspect the clutch.
No matter how big or small your transmission problem is, the experts here at Superior Transmissions are equipped to handle them all. Located in Silver Springs, we are your number one source for quality transmission service in the Washington, D.C. area. Call us today at (301) 358-6288 or visit our website to learn more about the transmission services we offer.
Last updated 1 month ago
Transmissions may seem like simple devices, but they are actually quite complex. Part of this complexity is due to the fact that transmissions are made up of hundreds of different parts and components. In modern transmissions, many of these parts and components are electrical in nature. One such component is the transmission shift solenoids. Solenoids are used by electronically controlled transmissions to regular the flow of transmission fluid through a given circuit.
If your transmission is lunging or stalling, it could be a sign that one or more solenoids need to be repaired. For the best transmission repair service in Washington D.C., visit Superior Transmissions. Family owned and operated with more than 30 years of experience, Superior Transmissions is the transmission shop you can trust. Contact us online or call us at (301) 358-6288 to learn more about our transmission repair services.
Last updated 1 month ago
So your transmission is broken—now what? You have two options. You can either have your transmission rebuilt, or you can have it replaced with a new or refurbished unit. The decision to rebuild or replace your transmission often comes down price, but there are other factors that need to be considered. To help you decide between rebuilding or replacing your transmission, here is a look at some of the considerations that will help you make the right choice.
How much are you willing to spend to fix your transmission? How much can you spend? A person’s budget is often the biggest determining factor between deciding to rebuild or replace a transmission. A new transmission can cost up to three times more than a transmission rebuild, and may take up to a week or more to arrive from the manufacturer. A quality transmission repair shop can usually rebuild your transmission in three days or less.
Age of Transmission
The age (and mileage) of your transmission will also help you decide whether a rebuild or replacement is best. If your transmission is more than 10 or 15 years old, it may be worth the cost to replace your transmission before it fails completely. Younger transmissions or transmissions that have fewer than 60,000 miles may still have a majority of their parts that are in good repair, which means that a rebuild can extend its life for many years and many miles to come.
Extent of Transmission Problems
While a new transmission is more expensive than a rebuild, it may be worth the cost if you are experiencing regular transmission problems that require frequent repairs. However, before you decide to purchase a new transmission, visit a shop and have them evaluate your transmission. In some cases, a rebuild is preferred to a replacement.
Here at Superior Transmissions, we don’t do brakes, tires, mufflers, or engine tune-ups, but we do provide the best transmission services in Washington D.C. Whether you need a transmission rebuild or replacement, our transmission experts do it all. Visit our shop or call us at (301) 358-6288 to schedule transmission service for your vehicle.