Our ASE Certified Technicians take Engine & Transmission checks seriously. After eliminating the simple causes for check engine warnings or transmission issues; they move on to the more complex scenarios that might be causing the issues you describe to us.
ENGINE CHECKUP & REPAIR
In spite of the sinking feeling that hits the pit of our stomach when the check engine warning light comes on; many of the causes can be easily-resolved:
- Mileage Milestones. At approximately 80,000 and 160,000 kms, the monitoring system must be reset to allow for greater accumulations of exhaust gasses and slower timing perimeters. These mileage-induced check engine warnings are actually designed to increase longevity and fuel efficiency. (Some manufacturers utilize the service required light for these types of maintenance issues).
- Gas Cap. The gas cap may not be screwed down tight. (The monitoring system detects low pressure in the fuel line).
- Spark Plugs may be misfiring. (The monitoring system detects an irregularity in timing).
- Engine Moisture. Although condensation forms along the pistons during firing, it normally evaporates when the engine reaches operating temperature. However, daily short commutes are often a precursor to collected engine moisture because the vehicle is shut off before the engine achieves this condition.
- Misfiring Engine. When spark plugs are not the issue, the timing belt, valves, or ignition system may be at fault.
- Excessive Pollutant Discharge. (Usually related to an engine or catalytic converter issue).
- Transmission issues. The reason for connecting the check engine light to the transmission is a protective one designed to detect transmission issues before they become evident to the driver. At this stage, utilizing a cleaner to remove varnish or simply topping off fluids and lubrication to mfr specs may be all that is required.
The check engine read-out tells our automotive technicians which of these systems has triggered the warning. It is their job to look for the simplest solution first; and to explore more deeply, when required.
PLEASE REMEMBER: If your check engine light is FLASHING, you should see a mechanic immediately
Other ENGINE-RELATED SERVICES:
In addition to responding to the engine light warning system, our technicians can perform the following engine services for both gas and diesel vehicles
- Tune Ups
- Timing Belt Analysis & Replacement
- Smog & Emissions Testing
- Exhaust System Repairs
- Electrical System Examination & Repairs
- Fuel Injection Servicing
- Belt & Hose Replacement
Regular Transmission Maintenance checkups are designed to assess and repair the following:
- Fluid Related Issues. If the fluid levels are appropriate and the transmission still seems sluggish we will recommend installing a cleaner to suspend varnish and sludge from all moving parts; (including the body, torque converter and lines). We will also recommend using modern high-tech fluids containing conditioners to help alleviate future problems. Fluid Leaks should be addressed immediately. Transmissions without fluid can seize in a very short period of time and repair or replacement costs are extremely expensive.
- Parts Replacement. When the transmission changes gears at abnormal intervals, slips, or shifts roughly, our technicians search for internal parts malfunctions. Even transmission solenoids can cause unforeseen issues and should be replaced quickly.
- Age-Related Issues. Beginning around 125,000 kms, transmission parts simply begin to wear out. Rebuilding or replacing the transmission can increase the life of a vehicle by as much as 160,000 kms. Re-manufactured transmissions, (from the vehicle’s manufacturer), have the highest success rate in these instances.
Transmission Performance UPGRADES:
- Upgraded Solenoids. Getting fluid to all the moving parts of a transmission is an imperative to good performance. After-market solenoids help increase the pressure that delivers transmission fluid to a transmission’s moving parts.
- Torque Converters. The torque system within a vehicle’s transmission is comprised of several clutches. The OEM version of these clutches is usually comprised of standardized parts. Installing additional clutches via the addition of an after-market converter can increase the torque capacity of the transmission. This upgrade is especially valuable for vehicles designed to operate at high-speeds or pull heavy loads.
- Transmission coolers. Normally, the transmission fluid is cooled when it passes through the transmission case. A transmission cooling unit is especially helpful for high-speed or heavy load situations. They are available in normal, medium, or heavy-duty versions.
- Input Shafts. Basically, the driveshaft for the transmission, input shafts that can handle a higher torque without snapping can be advantageous when other performance modifications have been made