Table of Contents
1. Get to know your Automatic Transmission (Show Me)
2. Ten ways to prolong the life of your Transmission. (Show Me)
3. Want your transmission to live longer? Here are ten things you should not do. (Show Me)
4. Twenty indicators of possible transmission trouble. (Show Me)
5. Ten vehicle problems sometimes misinterpreted by customers as transmission trouble. (Show Me)
6. Ten sounds that can give early indication of transmission trouble. (Show Me)
7. Ten things you should not do when you think you have a transmission problem. (Show Me)
8. Fluid Leaks are the main cause of transmission failure. (Show Me)
9. Why choose Lee Myles? (Show Me)
10. Ten steps to the Lee Myles diagnostic and repair procedure. (Show Me)
Frequently Asked Questions. (Show Me)
This information is produced by the Lee Myles TRANSMISSIONS & AutoCare Professionals. Taking a few minutes to read it will better acquaint you with the services we provide and allow you to learn more about the proper care of the automatic transmission in your vehicle.
A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
Lee Myles is the most experienced name brand in the transmission repair industry. Our first Service Center opened in 1947, not long after General Motors’ Oldsmobile Plant rolled the first automatic transmission off the production line. Several years ago Popular Science Magazine referred to Lee Myles as “The Most Trusted Name In Transmissions” and the description has stuck with us ever since. Over more than a half-century our experts have passed along their cumulative experience through a system of training developed by Lee Myles. This technical expertise is your assurance that your vehicle’s transmission will be serviced, repaired, or replaced properly and economically the first time. It will also ensure that service at a Lee Myles TRANSMISSIONS & AutoCare Center will get you back on the road quickly and confidently. If you have any questions or concerns, just call Lee Myles National Customer Relations at 1-800-LEEMYLES. We are here to help you.
Healthy Transmission Tip #1.
GET TO KNOW YOUR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
The automatic transmission brings the power from the engine to the drive wheels through a series of gear sets and friction devices (known as “Clutches and Bands”). It has a brain (called the “Valve Body”) which responds to electrical and hydraulic signals that tell the transmission when and how to shift. It has a heart (known as the “Pump”) which provides the hydraulic pressure necessary to provide lubrication and apply the appropriate friction devices. Although it may sound simple it is the most complex component in any automobile. It may have as many as 1,000 parts, each having to function perfectly with the others in order to work properly.
Why Maintain Your Transmission?
Anything that has nearly 1,000 parts is likely to be expensive to repair. So investing periodically in replacement of the fluid and filter along with a thorough inspection can only serve to prolong the transmission’s life and might save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
Healthy Transmission Tip #2.
TEN WAYS TO PROLONG THE LIFE OF YOUR TRANSMISSION
1. Check transmission fluid regularly and properly. (See Owner’s Manual for Details)
2. Check transmission fluid after running hot. Stop and go traffic, hilly terrain, hot weather, or towing can build up excess transmission heat causing fluid to be lost, damaged, or both. Check it no later than your next stop for gasoline.
3. Install an external cooler in high stress conditions. Towing a trailer, hauling heavy loads, or being stuck in traffic often creates excessive transmission heat. An external cooler can help to prolong the life of your transmission by reducing heat and friction.
4. Change transmission fluid more often in high stress conditions. Transmission fluid cools, cleans, and lubricates the internal transmission parts while providing the hydraulic pressure to make all of the components work together. When the fluid loses its ability to perform those tasks efficiently trouble can’t be far away. Any of the conditions in items 2 & 3 above will shorten the effective life of transmission fluid. In those cases, change the fluid a minimum of twice a year (unless otherwise specified in the owners manual).
5. Check any malfunctions promptly. Repair bills tend to rise in proportion to mileage driven after the first signs of trouble. The longer you drive with a malfunctioning transmission, the more damage you may cause, and the more money it may cost you.
6. Have the transmission linkage and other adjustments checked periodically. Especially after the vehicle has been in an accident or has had any major engine work performed.
7. Keep your engine properly tuned. A poor running engine can, at times, display symptoms similar to a transmission problem.
8. Have other drive train components that may affect transmission function checked regularly. Drive shafts and their universal joints, drive axles and their constant velocity joints, engine flywheels or flex plates, computer system and sensors, radiator and cooling lines to the transmission, engine and transmission mountings can cause problems.
9. Have your vehicle’s cooling system checked twice a year for leaks, proper coolant level and strength. Antifreeze can deteriorate over time causing it to become ineffective creating overheating or freeze-up conditions.
10. Take your vehicle for a complete physical check up at least once a year. This should include all safety components such as lights, brakes and steering. Remember that a poor running engine or certain transmission problems can be a safety hazard.