At USA Transmission, we have been serving the greater metro Detroit, MI area for over 30 years. We're dedicated to quality service at discount prices, and we guarantee that we won't pull your transmission if your problem is not transmission-related.
We service all automatic & standard / manual transmission needs:
- Automatic & manual / standard transmission repair & rebuilds
- Clutch replacements & flywheel resurfacing
- Manual transmission hydraulic systems (master / slave cylinders & lines)
- Differential serivce & repair (front, rear, ring & pinions)
- Transfer case repair
- Transmission coolers - installation & flushing
- Transmission maintenance services
- Allison transmissions
- RV & motor home transmissions
- Diagnosing & scanning - computer-controlled transmissions
We are all aware that late-model cars use a computer to control the engine. Many cars use the same computer or another computer which shares the same information to control the fuel injectors, ignition and transmission. Automotive engineers did this in order to achieve more efficiency and gain better mileage. This means that your engine and transmission are connected together in more ways than simply being bolted together.
Since the engine and transmission are controlled and work together, they are referred to as a "power train". Consider that shudder you felt cruising down the highway. The computer is using sensors on the engine and transmission to detect such things as throttle position, vehicle speed, trans-input speed, stop-light switch position, etc. As you drive the car, you are constantly changing the demands on the power train (acceleration, cruising, passing, coasting and idling). The computer recognizes this by monitoring various sensors.
Without special equipment and engineering, no one can tell if a shudder is caused by something slipping inside the transmission, the torque converter, a weak spark, a dirty fuel injector or a loose electrical connection. The certified transmission technicians at USA Transmission are qualified specialists who you can trust to determine what service - if any - your transmission may need.
Have your automatic transmission serviced regularly, as suggested by the vehicle manufacturer, if you want to get optimal economy and operation from your car.
Some automatic transmissions use engine vacuums to control shift quality and hydraulic pressure. Consequently, engine tune-ups are critical.
Transmission Fluid Leaks
Watch for any oil spots where you park your vehicle. If you see any spots of red transmission fluid and suspect a leak, consult a certified automatic transmission center as soon as possible. Vehicle manufacturers recommend that your transmission fluid and filter (if the disposable type) should be changed every 12,000 miles or annually.
Automatic transmission fluid should be checked every 1,000 miles, and its level, color and smell should be noted. Low fluid levels always indicate a leak or a malfunction in the transmission or its other related components.
Changes in Driving Characteristics
Pay attention to any changes in the driving characteristics of your car. Late or early shifting, slippage between gears or any noise coming from the transmission all need to be diagnosed immediately. Putting off a repair may lead to more severe damage, resulting in more costly repairs.
Turn down your radio and be alert to any noises coming from your vehicle. A car that operates quietly is usually a safe car. Some preventative maintenance by a competent mechanic can determine whether there are any potential problems lurking, as well as whether your vehicle is safe and roadworthy.
Check your car's cooling system regularly. A major cause of premature transmission failure is excessive heat. Heavy loads can cause overheating and dramatically reduce transmission life. Take care not to exceed the manufacturer's recommendations for weight limits, loading and trailering.
Also, note that the practice of rocking a car back and forth when stuck in snow or sand can often get the transmission operating at temperatures in excess of 400 degrees Fahrenheit, which can ultimately cause transmission failure.