Transmission

  • Riding the clutch will cost you $$$$

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    It is inevitable that the sun will rise and set each day - so too is the inevitability of clutch wear if you drive a vehicle with a manual transmission. Unlike the sun, however, you have a lot of control over how fast that wear occurs. Here’s some information on riding the clutch, and why you should stop doing it!

    What is “riding the clutch”? - Let’s start by defining exactly what we’re talking about here. “Riding the clutch” is one of many phrases in automotive slang, which circumnavigates the explanation of something sort of complicated. Any time your clutch pedal hangs out in the purgatory between fully depressed and fully released, except for the purposes of shifting or acceleration, you’re riding the clutch. Avoid using the clutch pedal to manage speed as much as possible. If you’re sitting at a stoplight or a stop sign, you might catch yourself letting the clutch out halfway to keep the car at a standstill instead of using the brake, or taking advantage of the clutch to drive slowly.

  • Safe Mode - is your transmission shot?

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    Most modern transmissions have a “limp mode” or “safe mode” that they may default to if an error is detected. What does it mean if your transmission has entered safe mode, and where do you go from there? Autoworks in Ithaca, NY has the answers you need.

  • Simple Steps to Save Fleet Downtime - Tranmissions!

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    Our fleet truck customers do not need to spend valuable time in the shop with transmission issues due that could have been avoided by servicing their fleet vehicles based on their owner's manual recommendations!  Especially if it is simply changing a clogged filter, changing fluids or clutch issues!  Our transmission technicians here at Autoworks in Ithaca believe that service = saving high repair bills!   Therefore, we believe in a proactive approach!

  • Taking Care of Your 4WD

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    Four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles are becoming very popular. While they have some practical advantages they do require different maintenance techniques. Your vehicle has to be ready to take on the challenges of your driving style or terrain in the area and in order to keep those service bills down and avoid any costly repairs it's important to be pro-active. Here is everything you need to know about your four-wheel-drive truck as well as some of the things our technicians at Autoworks in Ithaca, NY check every time you visit our shop to ensure we take care of any issue you might have.

  • Taking Care of Your Transmission While Towing

    Your vehicle configuration determines how it should be properly towed to avoid transmission damage. Specifically, it matters if your vehicle is front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive and whether it’s an automatic or a manual. From the professionals at Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, here’s how to tow your vehicle:

  • Taking Care of Your Transmission While Towing

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    Your vehicle configuration determines how it should be properly towed to avoid transmission damage. Specifically, it matters if your vehicle is front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive and whether it’s an automatic or a manual. From the professionals at Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, here’s how to tow your vehicle:

  • Taking Proper Care of Your Transmission

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    While transmissions are extremely complicated and it takes a professional hand to work on one, taking care of the one you have isn’t difficult. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we understand the importance of caring for your transmission properly, so that it stays in good condition for as long as possible.

  • The Basics of Your Transmission

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    The hydraulic system in your transmission is responsible for telling the mechanical components what to do, and when to do it. In order to better understand how your transmission works, it’s important to understand the mechanical components of it.

  • The Hardest Working Parts On Your Diesel Truck

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    The differentials on your Ford, Chevrolet, or Dodge diesel pickup are some of the hardest working components on your truck. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, our technicians are experts in maintaining, repairing, and replacing differentials, keeping your truck working reliable just as much as you do.

  • The Heart of Your Diesel

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    The engine and transmission in your Chevrolet, Dodge, or Ford diesel pickup is the heart and soul of your truck. At Autoworks in Ithaca, we repair, rebuild, and replace engines or transmissions with quality parts and builds, keeping your truck on the road for years to come.

  • The Ins and Outs of Your Transmission

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    Automatic transmissions aren’t easily understood outside of specialists like those at Autoworks in Ithaca, NY. While it would be impossible to teach you enough to make you a transmission expert in a series of articles, what we can do is give you the fundamental knowledge you need to have a good idea of what your transmission is doing, and how it works.

  • The Manual Transmission - What’s it Made of?

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    Manual transmissions aren’t necessarily simple, but they’re much easier to understand in concept than their automatic counterparts. You’re probably aware there are gears in manual transmissions - but there’s a little more to it than that. Here are some of the major components you’ll find in a manual transmission.

    Shafts - There are three main shafts inside a manual transmission. There’s an input shaft where engine power is transferred via the clutch, and that drives the layshaft, also known as the countershaft. The countershaft has different sized gears to achieve various gear ratios. Corresponding gears on the countershaft connect to the output shaft. The output shaft is connected to the driveshaft, which powers the differential. 

  • The Sound of a Failing Transmission

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    While your transmission can certainly fail silently, there are certain sounds which indicate you have an issue. The sooner you catch a transmission problem the better, so Autoworks in Ithaca, NY wants you to know what to listen for.

  • Throwing Codes? We Can Help.

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    Transmission trouble codes are particularly annoying to the average driver. You might know what a misfire is, but what does it mean when you get a code for a failed governor pressure solenoid? Fortunately, Autoworks in Ithaca, NY is here to help.

  • Tips for Improving the Longevity of Your Clutch

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    At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we’ve witnessed our fair share of burnt out and broken clutches. While clutch failure is an inevitability, there are a variety of ways to make sure yours lasts as long as possible.

  • Tips For Purchasing A Transmission

    If you’re reading this, you probably not excited to be here; the time has come for a new transmission. Fortunately, we at Autoworks are here to offer you solutions, and let you know that it’s not all bad. Replacing a tired and worn transmission will truly bring your car back to life, and you’ll probably be glad you did it.

  • Top 5 Transmission Tips

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    At Autoworks in Ithaca, transmissions are our game, and taking care of them is at the top of our list of priorities. Here are 5 things you can do to take care of your transmission, from the pros:

  • Top Rated Repairs for Your Truck

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    At Autoworks, there’s a reason we’re the top rated truck repair center in Ithaca, NY; we do it all. While many shops shy away from the more complicated aspects of truck repair, we have the tools and people to get the job done.

  • Torque Converter Issues

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    Automatic transmissions are, to many, a mysterious aspect of automotive mechanics. Torque converters, on the same hand, are a mystery shrouded within a mystery. Here’s a basic rundown of how torque converters work, and how to know if yours is failing, from Autoworks in Ithaca, NY.

  • Trained Technicians for Your Transmission

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    For all your transmission repair and maintenance needs, trust the specialists with the knowledge and ability necessary to keep your car, truck, or SUV reliably on the road. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we prioritize quality over everything. A huge aspect of that goal is keeping up with the technology of the modern era.

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