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What Causes Transmission Slipping?

Friday, March 25th, 2016

There’s no such thing as a minor transmission problem. That’s because no transmission problems go away on their own, but instead get worse over time and lead to more damage and require more expensive repairs. That’s why you should visit an auto repair shop in Tucson at the first sign of transmission trouble, regardless of how minor the problem may seem. For example, a slipping transmission may seem like a small issue that does not greatly affect your vehicle’s performance, but it is a definite indication that something isn’t right with your transmission and worse problems may be just around the corner. Some of the leading causes of transmission slipping include:  

Worn Out Clutch

For manual transmissions, clutch problems are the culprit behind slipping in an overwhelming majority of the cases. Clutches wear out over time, and transmission slipping is typically one of the first signs that your clutch needs to be replaced. Driving on worn or burnt out clutches can cause greater damage in the long run, so bring your car in for repair so you can have the clutch replaced if it is found to the culprit behind your transmission slipping.

Mechanic using diagnostic tool on engine

Low Fluid Levels

The other leading cause of slippage in both automatic and manual transmissions is low fluid levels. If you are experiencing transmission slipping, check the transmission fluid level. Low fluid can be an indication of a leak somewhere in the transmission system that will need to be repaired. When checking the fluid level, also make note of the condition of the fluid. If the fluid is very dark or smells burnt, visit a shop for a transmission flush to see if that helps with the slippage issues.

Faulty Solenoid

It’s also possible that the slippage you are experiencing could be the result of a problem with the solenoid, an electrohydraulic valve that controls the flow of fluid throughout the transmission. A fault in the solenoid can cause the wrong amounts of fluids to be dispersed inside the transmission, which can result in slipping in some cases.

If your vehicle is not driving like it normally does, bring it to Automotive Recalibration and let our expert ASE-certified mechanics get to the bottom of it. We perform full transmission maintenance, repair, and rebuilding services. To schedule an appointment or find out more about our transmission services in Tucson, call us at (520) 747-9229.

Answers to Common Questions about Brake Maintenance

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Brakes are among the most important safety features on any vehicle. Your brakes are tasked with the job of slowing (and in some cases very suddenly stopping) thousands of pounds of metal that can be traveling very fast. Kind of scary when you think about, huh? That’s why it’s crucial that you keep your brakes in tiptop shape in order to prevent a dangerous situation. To instill within you the confidence and know-how to keep your brakes in great shape, here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions we receive about brake maintenance and repair in Tucson.

Q: How much does brake maintenance cost?

A: It depends. There’s not really a single service that makes up brake maintenance. Instead, bringing your vehicle in to an auto repair shop for brake maintenance involves an evaluation of your braking system as a whole in order to determine which services need to be performed. The cost will depend on the number of brake services that are recommended, as well as the condition of your brake system and if any additional repairs are necessary.

Mechanic smiling at the camera holding tool

Q: How often should I replace my brake pads?

A: Although your vehicle’s service schedule will include a recommended brake pad change interval, this number can vary depending on the type of driving you do. In general, many manufacturers recommend replacing brake pads if there is 1/8th inch or less of the pad lining remaining. If you aren’t sure what 1/8th of an inch of brake pad lining looks like, visit your local auto repair shop and let a professional mechanic take a look.

Q: What happens if I don’t change the brake pads?

A: A sure sign that you need a brake change is if you hear squealing sounds while braking. This is an indication that your brake pads have worn down past the point of needing to be replaced. The longer you drive on worn-down brake pads, the higher the risk is that you’ll damage the brake rotors, which can be more expensive to repair than simply buying new brake pads when it’s time for replacement.

For all your brake maintenance and repair needs, trust the ASE-certified mechanics at Automotive Recalibration Center in Tucson. In addition to our brake services, we offer a full suite of automotive maintenance and repair services. To learn more, browse our website or call us at (520) 747-9229.