Your vehicle can last a lifetime. When taken care of properly, there is no reason why the car you own today can't last you decades going forward. There have been drivers who've put an uncountable number of miles on their vehicles in the past. (Nothing like spinning that odometer back to zero). Now, you may want to upgrade your own car from time to time, but you still need to take proper care of it. This includes following the recommended servicing schedule as detailed in your vehicle's owner's manual. One service you'll likely need from time to time is transmission service. Your transmission is an area of the car you should never put off. So, whether you're having transmission issues or one of those pesky lights just lit up on your dash, visit us at Kings Ford Quick Lane Tire and Auto and will help pinpoint exactly what's going on.
Transmission Service with Kings Ford Quick Lane
So the transmission light on your vehicle clicked on, and you had a mile panic attack? Don't sweat it. We've all been there. Nothing is more stress-inducing in the vehicle than seeing that light click on. Chances are it isn't catastrophic (sometimes it clicks on simply because the gas cap isn't closed tightly), but it is a good thing to check out what is going on. Your engine and transmission are two areas of your vehicle you don't want to put off servicing. If you do, and something serious goes wrong, you'll be without a working vehicle.
Your transmission is what allows your vehicle to shift gears. You will either have an automatic transmission or a manual transmission. The one difference here is whether you or the car itself control when the vehicle shifts to the next gear.
There are all kinds of transmission issues that can pop up. Because your vehicle doesn't have space for a billion different lights (okay, not a billion, but a lot), everything is compressed into just a handful of alerts. The exact light for your transmission may be slightly different from the next vehicle, so make sure you keep your owner's manual handy to know what each light is representative of. For some, the engine and transmission lights are the same (it looks like an engine outline). For others, it might be a circular gear and an exclamation point in the middle. Whatever the light that turns on, it can mean several different issues.
At Kings Ford Quick Lane, we will go through your entire transmission to identify the problem and, from there, keep you educated on the best course of action moving forward.
What is a Transmission Service?
When you bring your vehicle in, we will first scan your computer system for error codes. If something is not right in your car, its internal computer system will release a problem code. This is the code that causes the light on your dash to come on. Our code reading is far more in-depth than what you receive from computer readers you buy or from readings local auto part stores can perform. For example, their computer reading might indicate a coolant temperature issue but not indicate what the root of the problem truly is. In that case, we would be able to diagnose it as a stuck thermostat specifically.
Beyond the code scan, we will perform a complete inspection of your transmission. This way, we not only have what the computer says is going on, but we can visually identify both current and potentially upcoming problems.
Once we have identified the issue, we will be able to go over what's going on with you. As we said, there are all kinds of things that can kick on that transmission light. Hopefully, it is something minor we can correct quickly. However, if there is something significant going on, we will want to go over the importance of having it repaired right away. Once the transmission goes, there are some serious problems that you won't want to deal with.
There are some basic, essential services you will receive from a transmission service. This includes checking your transmission fluid levels. Checking your trans fluid levels is similar to checking your oil levels. We will check your fluid levels, especially if you're experiencing any transmission issues, like problems with shifting, stuck gears or gears seem to grind or drop when shifting (these may be signs that your transmission fluid is extremely low and you're just running gears on gears). Then, we can top off your transmission fluid, or if your transmission is running poorly or the liquid looks bad, we'll change the transmission fluid as well. Most manufacturers will recommend changing out your transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles (we will change out the transmission filter as well). This way, your transmission will remain lubricated and running smoothly, no matter what driving conditions you put your vehicle through.
Importance of Transmission Maintenance
In terms of maintaining your vehicle, the two most expensive issues to fully correct are the engine and transmission. If your transmission goes, you're looking at dropping potentially a few thousand dollars. We might be able to source a used transmission from a local junkyard for less. However, we'd recommend going with something newer: the larger your vehicle, the more expensive the replacement cost. Whatever vehicle you drive, though, you probably don't want to plunk down several grand to have it replaced. That alone is reason enough as to why you need to take care of your transmission.
Services Offered at Kings Ford Quick Lane
If you need service done on your vehicle, there's a good chance we can do it. There might be a handful of specialty jobs we'll recommend you to a specific provider, but nine times out of ten, our staff here has the expertise to get the job done right for you.
Yes, we provide you with the basics: changing your oil, filters, and windshield wipers. We can swap out light bulbs and replace your brakes, batteries, belts, hoses, and tires. Beyond this, though, we provide air conditioning system services. Maybe you need a coolant flush, or there is a leak somewhere. We'll help you out with all that. We also work with alternators and your electrical system. Our staff will also perform a full vehicle checkup report, and work on your suspension and steering. From cosmetic upgrades to issues you're having, we are here to help. All of this can be done on top of the transmission services we offer you here at Kings For Quick Lane.
All Your Automotive Servicing Needs are Available at Kings Ford Quick Lane
It doesn't matter if you need a simple oil change or require transmission servicing, our staff here at Kings Ford Quick Lane is here for you. With a team of certified mechanics, your vehicle is in excellent hands. It doesn't matter if you drive a Dodge, a Kia, Ford, or anything else in between, we have mechanics who are trained and experienced in exactly your make and model. So whether you want to bring your vehicle in or schedule a service time, come on by, and we'll diagnose and begin treating your vehicle right away.