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Why you should Flush out your Transmission Fluid

Your transmission's vital parts get clogged with sludge and varnish deposits because, just like engine oil in your car's engine, automatic transmission fluid suffers from heat, friction and electrochemical degradation. In fact, nearly nine out of ten transmission failures are due to overheating and fluid contamination.*


However, unlike oil, which can be completely drained from your car's engine, most transmission fluid cannot be drained. Instead it stays in the torque converter, valve body and transmission lines, making a complete fluid drain impossible. Typical transmission service removes only 25% of the contaminated transmission fluid. Adding new fluid to the remaining contaminated fluid can actually cause sludge and varnish deposits to clog filters and further restrict fluid flow. This can result in a serious malfunction or even complete failure of your automatic transmission.


Now you have an option. At Dan's Auto Service, our transmission fluid exchange safely removes most, if not all, contaminated fluid as well as varnish and sludge deposits. Our transmission fluid exchange cleans the transmission cooler and lines, valve body and torque converter and also removes those wear metals that slowly grind away your transmissions' internal components. Our transmission fluid exchange thoroughly cleans your car's transmission and protects it with fresh fluid and conditioners that revitalize the seals and o-rings. If your vehicle's transmission is showing signs of contaminated fluid, slippage, rough or hard shifting, try this service. If its been more then 30,000 miles it's time for a transmission fluid exchange. It may help you avoid the cost of major transmission work or even prevent the need for a new transmission.


Let one of our certified technicians at Dan's Auto Service perform this service for you.


*According to the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association



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Early automatic transmissions had just two speeds. Now modern automatic transmissions have up to eight speeds. These sophisticated transmissions often match the fuel economy and performance of a manual transmission. Some require special transmission fluid formulas. We'll make sure you get the right type for your vehicle.



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Transmissions are heavy duty pieces of equipment that are designed to last a long time for most Taberg NY drivers. But like any other machine, theyíll eventually wear out and need repair. So letís focus on what you can do to push that day off as far as possible.


The first thing you can do is to make sure your transmission always has enough fluid. Transmission fluid cools and lubricates the transmission. When thereís not enough fluid, the transmission will run hotter and wear out sooner.


The transmission fluid also provides the pressure needed to transfer power from the engine to the transmission. Not enough fluid, and your transmission wonít shift properly.


Your Taberg New York area service center at Dan's Auto Service will check your transmission fluid level with a full service oil change and top it off if needed. If you see any transmission fluid on the driveway Ė itís a reddish color Ė have us inspect it for a leak. A gasket, hose or seal could be leaking and may need to be repaired.


The next thing you can do to prolong the life of your transmission is to replace your transmission fluid on schedule. As you can imagine, all those gears grinding on each other result in lots of little bits of metal in the fluid. The more there is, the faster the transmission parts will wear out.


Transmission fluid also contains detergents and other additives to protect your transmission. These additives are depleted over time, so old fluid doesnít protect as well as new fluid. Your ownerís manual or Dan's Auto service advisor will have a recommendation for when you should have a transmission service.


If your transmission isnít shifting as smoothly as it should, or if you suspect a transmission leak, let our Taberg NY service center take a look at it. And ask if itís time for a transmission service. Regular maintenance and taking care of small leaks right away will help your transmission last as long as possible.



Do's and Don'ts of Transmission Maintenance

Below are a few standard tips to help you avoid future transmission damage:

  • Do scheduled maintenance according to vehicle owner's manual.

  • Do have transmission fluid checked when having oil changed.

  • Do not drive a vehicle with low or no transmission fluid.

  • Do not change gear ranges from drive to reverse when your vehicle is moving.

  • Do not spin tires on turns with front wheel drive vehicles.

  • Do not drive your vehicle when there are transmission problems, this may cause further damage.

  • Do not drag race your vehicle as it puts unnecessary strain on your transmission.

  • Do not drive in 4x4 range on dry pavement unless vehicle is all wheel or automatic 4x4.

  • Do make sure you come to a complete stop before moving gear into another range.

  • Do not drive on spare tires or mismatched tire sizes with front wheel or all wheel drive vehicles for extended periods of time.

Smooth Shifting In Taberg

Filed under: Transmission ó dansauto435 @ 4:45 pm

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If youíve been paying attention, youíve noticed that New York vehicles are getting more and more powerful and at the same time are getting better and better gas mileage. Much of thatís because of better transmissions. To get a understanding of why that is, letís turn to gear experts Ė Taberg bicyclists.

A cyclistís cadence is the number of times per minute he or she pedals. Their ideal pedal speed is the zone where they can most efficiently generate power over a sustained period of time. The experienced cyclist uses his gears to keep his pedal speed in the ideal zone whether heís climbing a steep Rome hill, cruising on a flat stretch or killing a downhill.

Look at how it works: if you have a 1-speed bike, you really have to pump hard to get up to speed. And your top speed is limited by how fast as you can pedal. And if youíve got a hill to climb Ė forget about it.

Now letís add a couple of gears: one lower and another one higher. With the lower first gear, you can get up to your ideal pedal speed quicker. When you shift to second, your pedal speed drops below ideal for a while as you work to get back to peak efficiency. Same thing happens when you shift to third, but now you can go much faster than you could with a 1-speed bike using the same effort.

Add more gears and you can see that itís much easier to maintain ideal pedal speed. The result, quicker starts, better hill climbing, higher top speed and, most of all, a lot less fatigue for the rider.

Like a cyclist, every car engine has an ideal engine speed called its power band. When an engine is running in that zone, it can make power very efficiently. Itís the transmissionís job to keep the engine in the power band over a wide range of operating conditions. Today 5 or 6 speed automatic transmissions are pretty much the minimum in New York, and 7 and 8 speeds are fairly common.

Obviously these sophisticated car transmissions are very expensive. In fact, next to your engine, your transmission is the most expensive component in your vehicle, so it pays to take good care of it. Modern transmissions can adversely affect car engine performance when they arenít working right.

All auto makers have a recommended service interval for changing your old, contaminated transmission fluid. Getting transmission service on schedule at Danís Auto Service in Taberg keeps it operating at its best and can prevent expensive damage. Ask your considerate Danís Auto Service tech if itís time for an automotive analysis of your transmission.

PCV Valve Replacement At Danís Auto Service

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Todayís Rome car care article focuses on PCV valve replacement. The PCV valve is a little, inexpensive part that does a big job for your car. PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation.

The crankcase is the bottom area of the engine that holds the oil. When the car engineís running, fuel is burned to generate power. Most of the exhaust from combustion goes out through the exhaust system. But some exhaust blows by the pistons and goes into the lower engine, or crankcase.

These hot gases are about seventy percent unburned fuel. This can dilute and contaminate the oil, leading to damaging engine oil sludge. It can also cause engine corrosion in your car. PCV Valve Replacement At Dan's Auto ServiceAt high speeds, the pressure can build up to the point that gaskets and seals start to leak.

Rome car owners need to know that over time, the vented gases will gum up the PCV valve and it wonít work well. That can lead to all of the problems Iíve already described, oil leaks, excessive oil consumption and wasted gas.

Fortunately, itís very easy to test the PCV valve and quick and inexpensive to replace it at Danís Auto Service. Even so, itís often overlooked because many Rome drivers donít know about it.

Check your car ownerís manual or ask your Danís Auto Service advisor. If this is the first time youíve heard of a PCV valve, you might be in line for a PCV valve replacement.

Please ask us about your PCV valve. For the price of a couple of burger combo meals, you can avoid some very expensive deep engine repairs. 




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