It's that time of year again.  Time to get our cars, trucks and vans ready for the winter that will be upon us before we know it.  It may just be the middle of October but the cold mornings will be here soon and it's time to prepare our vehicles.

What should you do you might ask?  Well, I'd start with a thorough check of your fluids.  Have your engine oil changed and also check your power steering, brake, radiator coolant and transmission fluid levels. 

Now is a good time to replace your windshield wipers with a good winter wiper blade and to make sure your windshield washer reservoir is filled with a good  de-icing fluid.  You'll thank yourself when you're driving in the snow and the windshield stays clear.

I'd check the battery as well.  Batteries only last a few years and cold weather is hard on them.  If it's a few years old and not up to snuff it's a good idea to replace it before it leaves you stranded and unable to start your car.

Make sure your tires are inflated properly and don't need to be replaced.  You don't want to risk losing control on a slippery road because your tires only provided marginal traction.

Next you should also make sure the heater, defroster and the blower is in good working order. 

Since you're going over your vehicle thoroughly, you may also want to lubricate the locks, hinges and latches at this point.  Also, make sure all of your lights are working and replace any burned out bulbs.  

Lastly, check your CV boots, spark plugs, ignition and exhaust.

---> One more tip for diesel owners... don't forget to put in a winter additive to prevent your fuel from jelling!

And our special winter tip:  Remember, a full tank of fuel is the best way to add weight to your vehicle.  It'll also help prevent your fuel lines from freezing, so make sure to fill up when winter snowstorms are in the forecast .  The second tip for added weight for traction in the snow is to put two bags of sand in the back, either in the trunk, truck bed or rear of the van.  Not only will it add weight but if you do happen to get stuck you can open the bags and sprinkle the sand for added traction.  Lastly, don't forget to have an ice scraper in the vehicle.  Scraping snow with your bare hands can get mighty cold.

Well, there you have it, our recommendation for getting your vehicle ready for the colder months of the year. If this list sounds too daunting or if you simply don't have the time to get to it you can make an appointment with us to do it for you.  We do services on Saturdays for the most part but if you'd need it done another time just ask.  We're usually able to accommodate your schedule. 

We will:

Change your engine oil and filter

Check your power steering, brake, radiator and transmission fluid levels

Change your windshield wipers and fill your washer fluid reservoir 

Test your battery

Check your tires and inflate them properly

Check your heater, defroster and blower

Lubricate the locks, hinges and latches

Check your lights

Check your CV boots

The cost for this service on most vehicles is $75.00

Call for an appointment!  We're here to help make your life easier wherever we can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your transmission is the probably the most complicated and least understood major component in your car or truck. Now a days,  the transmission is a combination of sophisticated hydraulics and computer-controlled electronic components.

 

Automatic Transmission

 

No other single component in your vehicle is more complicated or has more going on inside than your automatic transmission.

 

 

A transmission is a mechanical component designed to transmit power from a vehicle’s engine to the drive axle, which then turns the wheels to drive the vehicle.

 

By varying the gear ratio, a transmission alters the levels of power and speed to the wheels. For example, in low ranges, your transmission provides more power and less speed; in high ranges, just the opposite is true. This reduces the load on the engine, while increasing the vehicle’s speed and your fuel economy.

 

 

 

Standard Transmission

 

 

Just as your vehicle's engine relies on the proper engine oil for lubrication, so does your automatic transmission depend on a special fluid to cool and lubricate the moving parts inside. Transmission fluid not only cools and lubricates, it also is used to supply hydraulic pressure that applies the clutches inside the transmission. This fluid is absolutely imperative to the transmission’s operation. This is why it’s important to check the transmission fluid level and condition regularly (check your owner’s manual or call us for advice) and to have your transmission serviced at least every couple of years. A Transmission Service at Transplant Transmission, Powertrain & Diesel includes changing your automatic transmission fluid (commonly referred to as ATF) using a special proprietary blend of transmission fluid specific for your vehicle mixed with friction modifiers, replacing or cleaning your transmission pan filter, replacing the pan gasket and making any possible adjustments needed as well as a performing a computer scan of your vehicle searching for any diagnostic trouble codes that have been stored.

 

 

Later model front wheel drive vehicles also incorporate another major component into the body of the transmission itself: the differential or final drive. These types of transmissions are technically known as TRANSAXLES although for our purposes we refer them to transmissions as well

 

Automatic Transaxle

 

 

 

Front wheel drive configuration improves fuel economy and handling, and reduces manufacturing costs. But because of the additional components in these types of transmissions, it’s generally more expensive to repair or re-manufacture than a rear wheel drive transmission when it fails.