At Harford County Transmissions, we know transmissions inside and out. But the transmission remains a mystery for some of our clients. Just what is a transmission? A transmission is the mechanical device that allows your car, SUV or truck’s engine to send power to the drive mechanism. It keeps your car moving. The certified technicians at Harford County Transmissions are experts in diagnosing, repairing, replacing and building transmissions.
A Transmission Repair Shop You Can Trust
Our Harford County transmission repair shop is known for honesty, dependability and affordability. We offer quality work with a quick turnaround, and we stand behind our work. Our customers trust us to work on their cards, trucks, SUVs and fleet vehicles.
Common Signs of Transmission Problems
You may be having transmission problems if your vehicle has any of the following troubles:
- Refuses to go into gear
- Burning smell
- Transmission noisy in neutral
- Gears slipping
- Transmission fluid leak (pinkish red fluid puddling under your vehicle)
- Check engine light is on
- Grinding or shaking
- Whining, clunking and humming
- Lack of response
But just because you are having one or more of these problems, it doesn’t mean for sure that the problem is with your transmission. We will do a full and thorough inspection and testing of your vehicle, including a road test to replicate the issue, so that we can pinpoint the problem. If it’s a problem with your transmission or clutch system, we’ll tell you and make recommendations for needed repairs. But if the problem is something else, especially something relatively minor, we will tell you. We are not one of those auto repair shops that will try and rip you off by convincing you that you need unnecessary repairs.
An automatic transmission changes the gears for you, freeing you from changing gears manually, and taking the clutch out of the equation. Automatic transmissions include hydraulic and CVT continuously variable transmission) systems. We work on automatic transmission repair every day.
A manual transmission involves physically changing the gears with a gear shift, utilizing the clutch system. A manual transmission vehicle is also known as a stick shift or standard transmission. We have the experience you need to handle any repair to your manual transmission vehicle. Sports cars, SUVs, heavy trucks, you name it.
Our technicians have a combined 50 years of experience with transmissions of all kinds, and we work on both foreign and domestic vehicles including:
- Alfa Romeo
- Austin Healey
- Aston Martin
- Land Rover
- Mercedes Benz
- Mini Cooper
- Range Rover
- Rolls Royce
Prevention is Key
You can prevent transmission problems with regular maintenance and by following some simple tips:
- Check your transmission fluid level, color and smell regularly.
You or your mechanic should check your transmission fluid level at least once a year. If the level is low, get service immediately. You should change your transmission fluid every 30,000-50,000 miles.
- Use the correct transmission fluid.
Types of transmission fluid vary from vehicle to vehicle. Your owner’s manual will have details for your specific make and model. Some newer fluids may be more expensive but they will likely improve the protection of your transmission, which makes it worth the extra cost.
- Don’t overfill your transmission.
Follow your vehicle’s manual very carefully when checking and adding transmission fluid. Overfilling can cause the fluid to foam, which can lead to erratic shifting, loss of internal lubrication and potential transmission damage.
- Avoid overheating your transmission.
Heat is a serious enemy of your transmission’s health. Research shows that nearly 90% of transmission failures are caused by heat. Overheating can be due to low fluid levels, leaks, problems with the solenoid, heavy towing, lots of stop and go traffic and your vehicle’s size.
- Don’t tow in overdrive.
Look for a button on the dash or steering column that turns overdrive off. If your vehicle doesn’t have this button, if probably has the overdrive position on the shift indicator. Pull the shift lever from overdrive to the drive position before towing.
- Install a transmission cooler / protectant if you do a lot of towing.
An auxiliary cooler can save your transmission from the damage done by excess heat. When properly installed they may help your transmission to run 30% to 50% cooler.
- Don’t overload your vehicle.
All that weight from towing makes the transmission work too hard so it overheats, which can cause real damage.
- Allow your vehicle’s engine to warm up thoroughly on cold mornings.
Warming up the engine / transmission for about 30 seconds to a minute before driving is best practice. After that take it easy until the car is actually warm.
- Avoid rocking between gears if your vehicle becomes stuck in mud or snow.
If you absolutely have to rock, do so as gently as possible and make sure the wheels have stopped moving before each gear change. This will reduce the strain placed on your transmission.
- Use your emergency brake when parking on a hill or an incline.
This reduces stress on the parking pawl (pin) and linkage.
- Play it safe – get any potential transmission problems looked at promptly by a professional.
If you think a problem is developing (say you notice sudden changes to the way your car drives, or any changes to the way your transmission works, such as trouble changing gears or a delay before the gear seems to shift), but you aren’t sure, get it checked out by an expert.
If you need a transmission fluid change, cable replacement, clutch replacement, or something more extensive, your vehicle is in capable hands at Harford County Transmissions.
Call us at 410-420-6500 or contact us today to schedule a transmission service appointment. You can count on our transmission repair shop for an honest and reliable diagnosis of transmission problems and quality transmission repair. We are proud of our work and stand behind it with a two year guarantee.