Go, Go Juice
Transmission Fluid, the life blood of your car. This slippery fluid makes it so that your transmission and all of its working parts can run at tip top shape and in synchronized order. In an automatic transmission, this fluid also serves as a coolant and a viscous fluid that transmits power from the engine to the transmission.
The average cost of a transmission can be anywhere from $1500 all the way up to $3500, either way it is a not a bill anyone wants to recieve! Transmission fluid helps with that. As you drive your car, transmission fluid is contaminated as well as broken down due to the heat of the engine. Therefore, needing to be changed, for an automatic car this can happen somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 miles, manual transmission should be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.
In the mean time, regular maintenance of the fluid should be a priority. It's important to regularly check the transmission fluid between service intervals. Letting your car run low of transmission fluid can cause the transmission to shift improperly - or not at all. It also can harm the internal parts of your transmission which will not be properly lubericated. Be aware, you may not hear any noises or have any other clues that your transmission is low on fluid which raises the importance of getting it checked. Click here to see a video on how to check the fluid level. Now if you are a DIY-er and you are confident in the level of mainteance that this will require click here and watch the video on the basics of changing your transmission fluid. You can also skip all of that and just bring it to High Gear where you know it will be done right, you know. Whatever works!
Typical days in the shop
Imagine this: a truck comes sputtering into the shop early one morning. The driver is completely distrught, during his morning commute smoke began to billow, there were grinding noises and it barely made it to the garage before coming to a complete halt. He looks at you with pleading eyes as he gets into a cab and rushes off to work, immediately you jump in. You work right through lunch, your arms and hands are coated with grease and oil as a majority of the engine is lying in pieces around the truck. You just know that you are moments from solving the problem. Just then someone comes rushing in, dropping a set of keys in your lap saying "This car needs to be filled up with gas" and with the expectation that it will be done, just walks away.
With a snap of the fingers
You look at the keys, look at the truck you're working on and then at the door shutting behind the person that dropped the keys in your lap. Knowing both need to be done you shrug, besides filling the car will only take a moment and you did skip lunch, so you rush off to the gas station. Eating your sadwich as you walk back to the garage after dropping the keys off, then two customers come up telling you about their vehicles that needed to be serviced, and the truck that needs a road call. AS you try to listen you can feel your blood pressure rising. Your mind is racing with logistics on the hours of the day, how you are going to get everything done, deal with the unexpected surprises and keeping customers happy all at the same time.
So how do you keep your composure and maintain an economical schedule all at the same time? Well you can always fall back on practice making perfect, but the ultimate way of keeping your cool and keeping the garage on track is having good people. Meaning; the car gets filled up by one of the service managers who had a break between calls, the mechanics are working double and sometimes over time to get their current jobs up and running to cover for the mechanic that went out on the road call. Handeling days like that one is how we grow our customer base, with the customer service and dedication to getting the job done and done right with efficiency is how we all grow.