Transmission Service (Automatic & Clutch) in Ukiah

Transmission Service at West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah, CA

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My friend just had a very pricey transmission repair in Ukiah. How can Ukiah drivers like myself avoid transmission trouble?

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair Answer:

Next to your engine, your transmission is the most expensive component in your vehicle – so you and your fellow Ukiah motorists want to do all you can to avoid costly transmission repairs.

Ukiah auto owners may have noticed a trend of engines becoming more and more powerful in recent years. At the same time, fuel efficiency has been improving in nearly every motor vehicle segment in CA. More power and better MPG have always been at odds. Some of the improvement in gas mileage has been due to engine design, but most of the increases in MPG can be credited to auto manufacturers' advances in transmission technology.

Every engine has a sweet spot in which it most efficiently makes power. This is often referred to by Ukiah technicians as the power band – the optimal engine speed (measured in revolutions per minute, or RPM). The computers that control what gear your automatic transmission is in try to keep it in the right gear in order to maintain optimal engine speed – whatever your Ukiah driving conditions may be. Modern automatic transmissions have anywhere between four and ten speeds. The more “speeds” your transmission has, the more time your engine can operate at peak efficiency. Needless to say, transmissions have become more sophisticated and costly.

Transmissions are cooled and lubricated by transmission fluid. This pressurized fluid is directed through small passages to effect gear changes. When transmission fluid gets old and contaminated, the small passages can become plugged which adversely affects shifts. The dirty fluid circulating in the transmission can eat away at critical gaskets and seals causing detrimental internal leaks that also hurt shifting. This is why some vehicle manufacturers recommend that transmissions be serviced from time to time. The interval varies by vehicle, so check your owner’s manual or with your helpful West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair service advisor about your transmission service recommendations.

Old, harmful contaminated fluid is removed and new fluid is installed. Keeping up with the auto manufacturer's recommended service schedule helps prevent dangerous internal damage that may result in a steep transmission rebuild. Let West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair help you extend the life of your Automobile and prevent expensive repairs with recommended preventive maintenance service.

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