Benefits Of Changing Transmission Repair

How long does a replaced transmission last?

Without service and maintenance, some transmissions can fail in as little as 100,000 miles. If you drive around 10-15,000 miles a year, your transmission could be down for the count in seven years!

With care and service, transmissions can last 300,000 miles or more. Scheduled fluid changes, transmission inspections, and band adjustments can save you thousands of dollars down the line from a premature transmission failure.

Transmission Warning Signs

Though there may not be a transmission warning light on your dash, the check engine light can often spell transmission trouble. A mechanic can diagnose your car by reading the error code generated by your onboard computer.

Transmission fluid leaks should be a red flag. Look for dark brown stains under where you park regularly, and check the transmission fluid dipstick for fluid levels.

If you notice the car skips gears or is sluggish to accelerate, your transmission may be slipping. A clunking sound during shifting is another warning sign to be wary of that needs service right away. Pay attention to any unusual sounds such as squealing, rattling, or humming.

Repair Versus Replacement

Small issues such as a leak are worth paying to have repaired. If most of the transmission is in good condition, but seals or bearings need to be replaced, you may find it more economical to have a mechanic repair the damage.

A transmission with more extensive issues from situations such as prolonged heat exposure or low fluid levels may end up being more costly. If a transmission has a shimmy or shake, smells burnt, or can’t shift properly, there may be more damage than is worth fixing.

If you find yourself repeatedly taking your car in for transmission repairs, a replacement may be more cost-effective. You may opt to have your current model rebuilt, or replace it all together. You can save money and time in the long run by getting a replacement, rather than going through diagnosis and repair of multiple failing parts over and over again.

The last thing you want to do is delay until your transmission fails. Your transmission may lock up entirely, which can cause you to lose control of your car and crash.

How to increase the lifetime of a rebuilt transmission

Perhaps the best way to ensure a rebuilt transmission will last is to pay attention to the quality of the replacement parts you’re installing during the service. Cutting corners when it comes to quality or completeness will certainly affect the results of your job. The quality you put into a rebuild will affect its performance on the road, so be sure you’re using only quality parts that are all intended for the specific application you’re working with (and be sure your techs are up to date on the latest transmission innnovations).

Additionally, educating your customers on proper transmission maintenance can also keep them satisfied with your work while also saving them money in the long run. By ensuring your rebuild customers are aware that regular services including fluid, oil, and filter changes, band adjustments, transmission cooler installations can extend the life of their rebuilt transmission, they’re able to take smarter care of their vehicles. You should also discourage aggressive driving that causes more wear and tear on the transmission. In summary, a rebuilt transmission can perform in the long run with the right combination of preventative measures and deliberate upkeep.

Manual vs. Automatic

While manual transmissions generally require less maintenance and attention than automatic ones do, they’re both still subject to the same issues and physical laws. Both require the proper type and grade of lubricants — some manual transmissions now use automatic transmission fluid for lubrication — in the proper amounts. Both are subject to the physical stresses of abuse, and both can suffer mechanical failure, too.

The primary differences between the two are in how the transmissions are shifted and how that shift is accomplished.

Automatic transmissions shift automatically, as the name implies, with the aid of a complex hydraulic circuit that uses fluid and pressure to apply and release clutches based on mechanical, hydraulic and electronic inputs. Manual transmissions accomplish the same goal, but the gears are changed manually using shift forks and synchros to smooth out the transitions. The clutch, which is engaged and disengaged to move through the gears, is also a manual input. Regardless of the type, maintenance plays a key role in transmission longevity.

Tips to Extending its Lifespan – Transmission Maintenance Checklist

Most car owners have their engine serviced regularly, but many completely ignore their transmission until it breaks.

Let’s look at how you can ensure they keep working properly:

1) Check Your Transmission Fluid Regularly

The fluid’s job is to absorb heat and carry it away from the moving parts. If the fluid level gets low, the internal components of your transmission can overheat and cause irreversible damage.

Check your ATF every 2-4 weeks (depending on how much you drive) with the engine running, and check your owner’s manual to be sure that you’re using the correct type of fluid.

If you drive a manual, check the clutch fluid reservoir every 2-4 weeks (if so equipped), and the transmission / differential oil every 6-12 months.

2) Have Your Transmission Serviced Regularly

Like an engine, a transmission has oil and a filter that needs to be changed every 20,000-30,000 miles, or once every 18 months. For newer cars, you should also have the transmission flushed every 40,000-50,000 miles or every 2 years, to remove all of the sediment and debris from the torque converter and cooler lines.

Vehicles with manual transmissions should have the clutch fluid and gearbox oil changed every 30,000-40,000 miles.

3) Upgrade to Synthetic Fluid

Over time, heat breaks down the organic compounds in ordinary automatic transmission fluid, rendering it much less effective. Synthetic fluid on the other hand, is much more heat resistant, making it the ideal heat removal agent if you regularly tow/haul heavy loads, or drive in environments that cause strain on the transmission (like the mountains or heavy traffic).

4) Buy a Transmission Cooler

The number one transmission killer is heat. As all of those parts move around, the friction creates heat, which causes long term damage to the seals, friction materials, metal surfaces and electronic components.

When the operating temperature climbs above 200-degrees, every 20-degree interval reduces the service life by 2. A good quality transmission cooler can significantly lower the gearbox operating temperature, which can prevent it from wearing out 2-3 times as fast.

5) Consider Your Driving Style

Driving aggressively from a stop causes intense heat buildup, as does constantly accelerating and decelerating. So if you want to extend the life of your transmission, go easy on the gas pedal, and plan your moves. This will reduce the strain on the transmission, and you’ll still arrive at your destination in about the same amount of time.

Here are 4 practices to get the most life out of your automatic transmission:

1. Regularly Service Your Transmission

Either on your own, if you have automotive maintenance experience, or by hiring a mechanic, have your transmission’s oil and filter changed. As with an oil change, refer to the manufacturer’s specifications for exact service intervals. In general, change the oil and filter every 20,000 to 30,000 miles or every 18 months. Newer cars will also want to have their automatic transmission flushed of sediment and debris every 40,000 to 50,000 miles or every 2 years.

2. Regularly Check Your Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid is designed to remove heat from the internal components of the transmission and take it away from moving parts. Low fluid levels can cause the transmission to overheat and cause irreversible damage. Depending on how much you drive, the automatic transmission should be checked every 2 to 4 weeks with the engine running.

3. Use Synthetic Transmission Fluid

Before switching, you should be using the type of transmission fluid recommended by your owner’s manual. However, heat eventually breaks down the organic compounds in regular automatic transmission fluid and makes it less effective. More heat-resistant, synthetic fluid will benefit your aging automatic transmission over time. It’s especially helpful to those who frequently drive with heavy loads, in heavy traffic, or through the mountains.

4. Invest in a Transmission Cooler

Heat is the enemy of the transmission. Damage builds up over time from extended heat exposure to seals, metal surfaces, and electronic parts. Whenever the temperature in the transmission goes over 200-degrees, each 20-degree notch decreases the service life by half. A transmission cooler can lower the operating temperature significantly and can more than double the time it takes to wear out.

Finding The Best Among Possums Control Companies


The opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is the only native North American marsupial. Marsupials are distinguished by their abdominal pouch used for carrying their young.


An opossum is about the size of a house cat, has coarse grayish fur, a pointed face, and hairless, rounded ears. With its long hairless prehensile tail, the opossum can carry things such as nesting materials and even hang upside down from a tree branch.

Opossums are about 2 to 3 feet long, including the tail, and weigh up to 15 pounds, although most fall within the 4 to 7 pound range. Males are usually larger than females. Their feet resemble small hands with five widely spread fingers. All of the toes have a claw except for the opposable thumb on the rear foot. Opossums are well adapted for climbing. The opposable toe on the hind foot assists in holding on to small branches or similar structures.


While their natural habitats are diverse, ranging from arid to moist and wooded to open fields, opossums prefer environments near streams or wetlands. They take shelter in abandoned burrows of other animals, in tree cavities and brush piles, and beneath other dense cover.

In urban and suburban settings they may den under steps, porches, decks, garden tool sheds, and if accessible, in attics, garages, and beneath houses, where they make an untidy nest of sticks and whatever else may be available. The nest components appear piled together rather than woven or stacked. They have complex but flexible social relationships, with overlapping home ranges that allow high populations to develop when food is plentiful.



A female opossum gives birth to helpless young as tiny as honeybees. Babies immediately crawl into the mother’s pouch, where they continue to develop. As they get larger, they will go in and out of the pouch and sometimes ride on the mother’s back as she hunts for food. Opossums may give birth to as many as 20 babies in a litter, but fewer than half of them survive. Some never even make it as far as the pouch.

Scavenger Behavior

Opossums are scavengers, and they often visit human homes or settlements to raid garbage cans, dumpsters, and other containers. They are attracted to carrion and can often be spotted near roadkill. Opossums also eat grass, nuts, and fruit. They will hunt mice, birds, insects, worms, snakes, and even chickens.

“Playing Possum”

These animals are most famous for “playing possum.” When threatened by dogs, foxes, or bobcats, opossums sometimes flop onto their sides and lie on the ground with their eyes closed or staring fixedly into space. They extend their tongues and generally appear to be dead. This ploy may put a predator off its guard and allow the opossum an opportunity to make its escape.

Tree Climbing

Opossums are excellent tree climbers and spend much of their time aloft. They are aided in this by sharp claws, which dig into bark, and by a long prehensile (gripping) tail that can be used as an extra limb. Opossums nest in tree holes or in dens made by other animals.

The many tried and tested methods I used to get rid of possums in my backyard

Possums have the cutest, sweetest little marsupial faces you’ve ever seen, and you’re definitely not allowed to smack those sweet little marsupial faces with the back of a shovel – according to the Wildlife Act 1975.  So I had to try something less animal-deadly to stop possums from eating my entire backyard.

(And a warning to all possum-repellent sprayers: don’t spray on a windy day. I got tabasco/fish-sauce blow-back and had to flush out my eyes with water, then deodorise with Glade Classic Rose Air-Freshener).

Tried putting a plastic owl statue in the garden to scare the possums away, but that didn’t work either. For some reason they weren’t afraid of an owl that tipped over in a light breeze and had a Bunnings price-sticker on its wing.

Tried putting up possum-guards to stop the possums from climbing my fruit trees. These are thick plastic bands that you wind around the tree so it looks like it’s been gift-wrapped at a Japanese homewares store. But the possums just jumped over from the neighbour’s tree, then enjoyed an all-you-can-eat fruit buffet.

Tried everything. Spiky fence-strips. Extreme branch-pruning. I even tried to buy “fox-urine granules” because that’s also supposed to deter possums, but you can only get it in America (somewhere in Connecticut there must be a factory with thousands of foxes in tiny toilet cubicles, urinating from 9 to 5).

A Possum Crisp and Brown: The Opossum and American Foodways

The poem and the monument highlight a perhaps surprising fact about our old friend the opossum: it has been a significant source of meat for many Americans for a long time. In this post, we’ll take a look at American traditions around hunting, cooking, and eating our only native marsupial.

Possum Hunt!

Although you can find descriptions of opossums being hunted with guns, especially when the hunters were also interested in birds or squirrels, most possum hunters tried to take the animals alive. Opossums are nocturnal, so were generally hunted at night. A group of hunters would typically pursue the possum with dogs.

“Yielding to fate,” in this case, entails what is often called “playing possum,” but what is actually an involuntary reaction of the opossum to stress: the animal rolls over on its back and loses consciousness, very much like fainting. This allows the hunters to throw the comatose opossum in a sack or otherwise confine it, and keep hunting

The image of “treeing” a possum with dogs has become iconic in folksong and folk music as well, with such tunes and songs as “Possum up a Gum Stump” and “Possum up a ‘Simmon Tree” suggesting moments in the hunt.

How to Cook a Possum

The method of catching opossums alive had two main advantages. For one, the live opossum can be saved for a Sunday or other special occasion, or until the proper side dishes can be gathered.

What to do about an opossum in the backyard

What can I do to help this little critter? I’ve put out water in a bowl and am wondering, if it can climb a 6-foot fence to get away from the dog.

Opossums are excellent climbers, so your visitor probably could escape from your dog, but you should keep your dog out of the backyard, or use a leash, until the opossum decides to leave.

If you’re going to have wild animals in your yard, you couldn’t do any better than opossums. They eat a lot of bugs, snails and even rodents, they get along well with cats and they do not vector diseases. Opossums even have a certain immunity to rabies and can usually withstand a rattlesnake bite.

I’d suggest two things. If you’re concerned about the opossum not being able to get out of your yard, then use a humane, live trap to capture it and release it on the other side of the fence. Laws forbid you from taking it to another location, even if that’s just down the street, but you can release it on your own property. Try to find the safest place you can, away from the neighbors’ dogs.

While visiting a dear friend in Walnut Creek, we spotted an all-white squirrel playing in her backyard with several other usual ones. We had never seen one before. How rare is this? Any more information would be appreciated.

They are rare, but we’ve had reports before of white squirrels in Walnut Creek, Concord and other cities. I suspect the squirrel you saw is not albino, but a squirrel with leucism, which is a loss of pigmentation.