Is Your Transmission Troubled?
Many of us have been there. Your gears won't shift correctly, or your car won't move at all. That's right; you have transmission trouble. Left unaddressed, a lesser problem will likely become more severe. Eventually, you might not be going anywhere at all. At the first sign of a problem, bring your vehicle to Auto Stop Elite in the Dulles area of Sterling, Virginia. We employ only ASE Master certified technicians, and we understand that our relationship with our customers is infinitely more important than any automobile or profit margin. To prove it, we'll provide 365 days of roadside assistance when you spend more than $25 at our shop. We also back our work with a generous 36 months/36,000 mile limited warranty. When you're ready for mechanical help for any make or model, you'll find us conveniently located at 21563 Cascades Parkway near the Leesburg Pike (Highway 7). Give us a call at 571-313-1122 or use our online scheduling tool.
What Might Be The Problem?
As with any suspected car problem, it's best to have one of our technicians properly diagnose any perceived issue. Even so, there are some indicators you can watch for on your own. We appreciate the information you provide, and it's sometimes useful in determining what to look at first. For instance, an illuminated check engine light can point to various problems. One of those is a transmission issue. Additionally, if you feel shaking or grinding when your vehicle changes gears or to hear odd sounds such as whining, humming, or clunking, you potentially have a transmission problem. If your gears slip, meaning that the car goes in and out of gear on its own or moves between gears, you are endangered as you navigate traffic. Similarly, your auto may not take off right away when you press the accelerator. It may do nothing before moving suddenly. Either condition requires prompt attention. If you detect a burning odor, your transmission may be overheating and burning the fluid, particularly if that liquid is old. Also, you likely have a leak if you notice the tell-tale reddish fluid puddling under your car. Finally, if you drive a manual auto, you may experience a dragging clutch, one that doesn't disengage when it should.
Taming Your Transmission
Nobody can predict exactly how long a transmission will last. Some car owners have reported the rare defect that resulted in a short life span, while others have boasted of one that lasted for hundreds of thousands of miles. On average, however, an automatic transmission will last 150,000 to 200,000 miles. Achieving this longevity is often dependent upon driving habits, preventive maintenance services, and other factors. At Auto Stop Elite in the Dulles area in Sterling, VA, we'll help you with the services you need to maximize your transmission's mileage. When it's time for a repair, we'll explain the condition and give you an honest opinion on whether you're better off rebuilding or replacing the component. Whatever the transmission trouble, we can calm it, restoring your tranquil ride. Give us a call at 571-313-1122 as soon as you notice any sign of a transmission problem.