Healthy Transmission Tip #8.
FLUID LEAKS ARE THE MAIN CAUSE OF TRANSMISSION FAILURE!
An automatic transmission is a hydraulic system that operates on pressurized oil (fluid). This fluid lubricates the transmission and applies various friction devices (clutches and bands) at specific times to change gears and transfer power from the engine to the drive wheels. When the fluid drops below a safe level, lubrication and hydraulic pressure decrease, causing excessive wear to major transmission components and in some cases, immediate failure.
With the proliferation of self-service gas stations, drivers are not checking fluid levels of many major vehicle systems, as they should. These include motor oil, brake and power steering fluid, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, and of course, transmission fluid.
Learn to spot transmission leaks. If you normally park in a garage or driveway, look for fresh (still wet) oil stains under the front center of the vehicle. If you park on the street or in different spaces everyday check for oil stains before and after you’ve parked there to see if you left any new ones.
Check the fluid about every 500 miles or every-other time you get gasoline. If it is low add the proper type of fluid until it reaches the full mark. Do not overfill. Although overfilling will probably not do damage because the transmission will push out any excess through its venting system, that excess oil could drip onto hot engine or exhaust components possibly causing a fire.
Transmission fluid does not evaporate, nor does it burn like motor oil might through an engine. If transmission fluid is low it has definitely leaked out somewhere. The best course of action is to bring the vehicle to your nearest Lee Myles TRANSMISSIONS & AutoCare Center immediately so they can perform a free CHECK 11 PROCEDURE (WHICH INCLUDES A leak check) and possibly save you a lot of money by catching a small problem before it becomes a major failure.
If the level is low and you can see fluid dripping under the vehicle, do not drive it any further. Doing so could very likely cause additional damage. Call the nearest Lee Myles TRANSMISSIONS & AutoCare Center by dialing 1-800-LEE MYLES. They will make arrangements to have your vehicle towed in, to avoid any further damage.
Healthy Transmission Tip #9.
WHY CHOOSE LEE MYLES?
Experience. Lee Myles is the oldest transmission chain in the United States. It was started in 1947 to provide expert transmission diagnosis and repair to the motoring public.
Capability. Lee Myles technicians are up to date on all of the hundreds of transmission types on the road today. They have the equipment and the know-how to diagnose and repair transmission problems in the most economical way possible.
A Procedure You Can Understand. The Lee Myles Center Manager will take you through every step in the diagnostic and, if necessary, the repair procedure. He or she will make sure that you understand and are comfortable with the entire process.
Empathy And Concern. Lee Myles Center Managers are people just like you. They understand how traumatic it can be when you first discover or suspect a transmission malfunction. So they treat their customers the way they would want to be treated.
Full Disclosure. Although a transmission is perceived by many to be a “Black Box” that they will never understand, at Lee Myles we don’t think having it repaired should be a mystery. That’s why you will always receive a written estimate upon request and a repair order that will detail parts and labor required. You will be invited to inspect any and all parts to be replaced.
Accountability. Lee Myles is a franchise, a group of independently owned and operated centers that must conform to the high standards set by the franchisor. Unlike dealing with a small local transmission shop where the owner has the last word, Lee Myles maintains a full time Customer Relations Department designed to keep its customers happy. It can be reached at any time by simply dialing 1-800-LEEMYLES.
Peace Of Mind. When your transmission has been serviced or repaired at a Lee Myles Center you don’t have to give it another thought. You’ll know you’ve been treated to the highest quality service or repair and customer care standards in the transmission industry.
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