Signs that you may need to bring your vehicle in to be checked:
● fluid leaking.
● rough shifting.
● delayed engagement.
● high rpm’s or slipping.
● check engine or transmission light on (even if it turns off by itself).
● shudder feeling at highway speeds (feels like you are driving over rumble
● other abnormal noises.
All of these can be signs of a developing transmission problem.
Bring your vehicle into our Service Center
in Parma Ohio and we will road test it and/or check for transmission fluid leaks,
and other problem signs.
In addition to transmission rebuilding we also do transfer case
repair and service, differential repair and service, and clutch
replacement service. We do automotive computer diagnostic testing,
find electrical problems, transmission flushes, transmission
service, and flywheel resurfacing.
Why you should Flush
out your Transmission Fluid
Your transmission's vital parts get clogged
with sludge and varnish deposits because, just like engine oil in
your car's engine, automatic transmission fluid suffers from heat,
friction and electrochemical degradation. In fact, nearly nine out
of ten transmission failures are due to overheating and fluid
However, unlike oil, which can be completely
drained from your car's engine, most transmission fluid cannot be
drained. Instead it stays in the torque converter, valve body and
transmission lines, making a complete fluid drain impossible.
Typical transmission service removes only 25% of the contaminated
transmission fluid. Adding new fluid to the remaining contaminated
fluid can actually cause sludge and varnish deposits to clog filters
and further restrict fluid flow. This can result in a serious
malfunction or even complete failure of your automatic transmission.
Now you have an option. At Herald Automotive in Parma Ohio, our transmission fluid exchange
safely removes most, if not all, contaminated fluid as well as
varnish and sludge deposits. Our transmission fluid exchange cleans
the transmission cooler and lines, valve body and torque converter
and also removes those wear metals that slowly grind away your
transmissions' internal components. Our transmission fluid exchange
thoroughly cleans your car's transmission and protects it with fresh
fluid and conditioners that revitalize the seals and o-rings. If
your vehicle's transmission is showing signs of contaminated fluid,
slippage, rough or hard shifting, try this service. If its been more
then 30,000 miles it's time for a transmission fluid exchange. It
may help you avoid the cost of major transmission work or even
prevent the need for a new transmission.
Let one of our certified
technicians perform this service for you.
*According to the Automatic
Transmission Rebuilders Association
Your Car Needs Clutch Repair
With standard transmission vehicles, many transmission problems can be traced to the clutch--the mechanism used to
shift gears. The good news is that clutch repair is typically far less expensive than a full-blown transmission
rebuild. The bad news is that clutch problems left unresolved can lead to more expensive repairs. A simple inspection
by a trusted transmission shop can usually let you know whether your clutch needs repair work. Meanwhile, here are
five signs or symptoms to watch out for.
1. Rough shifting - If you have trouble shifting gears or experience shaking of the car while shifting, it can
be a sign of a worn clutch. In many cases, this is especially noticeable when putting the car into first gear or
2. Slipping clutch - If your car seems to lose power under heavy loads like acceleration or climbing hills, or
if the engine RPMs go up without any increase in momentum, these are signs that the clutch is slipping - that is,
having trouble engaging or disengaging the gears. Take the car to a certified transmission shop for a diagnosis.
3. Change in clutch pedal action - If you notice a change in the position of the clutch pedal when the gears
engage or disengage, this can also indicate a worn clutch. Optimally, the clutch should engage when the pedal is 1-2
inches from the floor. If it engages with too little or too much movement of the pedal, or if the pedal feels soft or
"spongy" when depressed, it's likely you need clutch repair.
4. Burning odor - Clutches that are wearing out often produce friction, resulting in a foul, burning smell
while driving. Don't ignore this burning odor if you smell it and have the car looked at.
5. Unusual noise or jerking - Anytime your car jerks into gear with otherwise proper use of the clutch, it's
not a good sign. You may also hear unusual noises when shifting. These are indicators of possible oil or other
contaminants on the clutch or gears. This may actually be occurring due to other vehicle issues, but without proper
repairs, this can wear your clutch out more quickly.
Clutch Replacement Service
you are experiencing difficulty in putting your vehicle in gear or
are getting a grinding noise going into gear, or if the engine
speed rises but the vehicle seems to have a lack of power you may
need a clutch.
replacement service involves removing the driveline and
transmission to replace the clutch plate, pressure plate,
throw-out bearing and pilot bearing. The flywheel is also removed
and resurfaced on most vehicles for smooth clutch engagement.
Before we start any clutch repair, we give the clutch system a
complete diagnosis. The clutch system has many different
components, some of these components control the actual operation
of the clutch. Often when clutch problems are experienced, they
are caused by the hydraulic system. Master clutch cylinders and
clutch slave cylinders can start leaking and fail to operate the
clutch mechanism properly causing the clutch not to disengage and
therefore making it very difficult to shift gears. This is a much
easier repair and most of the time substantially less costly. It
is always wiser to address clutch problems early, as soon as you
experience the first problem. Early detection could result in just
an adjustment or a small repair, ultimately saving the more
expensive components from premature wear.
more about transmissions ...
Transmissions are heavy duty pieces of equipment that are designed
to last a long time for most drivers. But like any
other machine, they’ll eventually
wear out and need repair. So let’s focus on what you can
do to push that day off as far as possible.
The first thing you can do is to make sure your transmission always has enough fluid.
Transmission fluid cools and
lubricates the transmission. When there’s not enough
fluid, the transmission will run hotter and wear out sooner.
The transmission fluid also provides the pressure needed to
transfer power from the engine to the transmission. Not enough
fluid, and your transmission
won’t shift properly.
will check your transmission fluid level with a
full service oil change
and top it off if needed. If you see any transmission fluid on the
driveway – it’s a reddish color – have us inspect it for a leak. A
gasket, hose or seal could be leaking and may need to be repaired.
The next thing you can do to prolong the life of your transmission is to replace your transmission fluid on
schedule. As you can imagine, all those gears grinding on each
other result in lots of little bits of metal in the fluid. The
more there is, the faster the transmission parts will wear out.
Transmission fluid also contains detergents and other additives to
protect your transmission.
These additives are depleted over time, so old fluid doesn’t
protect as well as new fluid. Your owner’s manual or our
service advisor will have a
recommendation for when you should have a transmission service.
your transmission isn’t shifting as smoothly as it should, or if
you suspect a transmission leak,
let our service center in Parma Ohio take
a look at it. And ask if it’s time for a transmission service.
Regular maintenance and taking care of small leaks right away will
help your transmission last as long as possible.