Transmission

  • How To Protect Your Transmission When Towed

    If your vehicle breaks down and you have to be towed make sure you are aware of proper steps to protect your vehicle's transmission. The vehicle’s 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:

  • How Transmission Leaks are Detected

    mechanic working on vehicle on lift

    Transmission fluid leaks can often be a pain to track down. If you have a leaky transmission, Autoworks in Ithaca, NY has some information for you on what you can expect. We’ve repaired countless leaky transmissions, and now we’re here to share some of our knowledge with you.

  • How Your Driving Habits Affect Your Transmission

    Transmissions, while generally durable, can be highly complicated devices. For this reason, they are also expensive to replace, and maintaining one will save you a lot of headache and money in the future. This article from Autoworks in Ithaca, NY discusses how your driving habits affect your transmission. While automatic transmissions are by far the most common, there are still a considerable number of manual transmissions on the road, so this article covers both.

  • Hydraulic Basics To Keep You Running

    mechanic messing with a tire on a lifted car

    The operation of your transmission depends on your hydraulics. Even if that sounds like a foreign language to you, at Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we speak the automotive language. We want you to understand what we're talking about, so here are the basics of the hydraulic functions behind your transmission.

  • I Can’t Find My Specified Transmission Fluid, What Should I Use?

    transmission fluid dip stick

    At Autoworks in Ithaca, we know that a key aspect of taking care of your transmission is understanding how it works. Here’s some info on transmission fluid types, in case you’re having trouble finding yours.

  • I Don’t Hear My Car Shift, Is There Something Wrong With My Transmission?

    At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we understand that there are endless ways a transmission can sound, behave, and feel, depending on what type of car it’s in, what type of transmission it is, and the state of the vehicle’s repair. Sometimes, when people buy a different car, they notice it doesn’t act the same as their last car, which leads them to believe there is a problem.

  • I don’t hear my car shift, is there something wrong with my transmission?

    guy shifting car

    At Autoworks in Ithaca, we understand that there are endless ways a transmission can sound, behave, and feel, depending on what type of car it’s in, what type of transmission it is, and the state of the vehicle’s repair. Sometimes, when people buy a different car, they notice it doesn’t act the same as their last car, which leads them to believe there is a problem.

  • I Don’t Hear My Vehicle Shift, Is There Something Wrong With My Transmission?

    At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we understand that there are endless ways a transmission can sound, behave, and feel, depending on what type of vehicle it’s in, what type of transmission it is, and the state of the vehicle’s repair. Sometimes, when people buy a different vehicle, they notice it doesn’t act the same as their last vehicle, which leads them to believe there is a problem.

  • Identifying driveway spots: how to determine what is leaking under your car

    If you drive a vehicle with more than a few miles on it, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed an occasional drip underneath it that leaves spots wherever you park. Identifying what is leaking from your car will help you determine whether or not it’s a cause for concern, and what to do about it.

    There are seven liquids a car can possibly drip: oil, gas, brake fluid, transmission fluid, gear oil, water, and coolant. How do you tell the difference? This article aims to help your know-how.

  • If You Have To Turn The Key More Than Once - You Might Have A Problem

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    At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, our goal is to help you understand your transmission a little better and keep your car, truck, or SUV reliably on the road. If you ever hit the key and your engine fails to turn over, whether it’s once a month, once a week, or every day, you’ve got the beginnings of an issue worth dealing with.

  • If Your Transmission Doesn’t Have A Dipstick, Do You Still Need To Check The Fluid?

    You’ve noticed an issue with your transmission, or you simply want to make sure the fluid is still at the correct level and looking good. But, you can’t seem to find the dipstick anywhere…what’s the deal? Autoworks in Ithaca is here to help!

  • Is "Remanufactured" Worth It?

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    What does “remanufactured” mean, and is it something you want? At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we strive for great service and a job well done. Part of that is equipping you with the knowledge you need to understand what’s going on when a repair is necessary on your car, truck or SUV. “Remanufactured” is a word that you’ll encounter in the automotive world. Many people perceive that to mean “used”, but that isn’t the case - here’s what you need to know.

  • Is it Okay to Downshift to Slow Down?

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    If you drive a car with a manual transmission, you’ve undoubtedly been told that you’re supposed to downshift to slow down, instead of relying completely on the brakes. But what is the science behind that, and does it matter? Autoworks in Ithaca explains.

  • Is it Okay to Shift an Automatic Transmission While the Vehicle is Still in Motion?

    shifter in park

    At Autoworks in Ithaca, we believe that in order to take care of your car, truck, or SUV properly, you need to know how it works. Today we’re attempting to answer an age-old debate; is it ok to shift from reverse to drive before coming to a complete stop?

  • Is it okay to shift into park before stopping?

    Car in Park

    The key to maintaining a healthy transmission is understanding how it works. Here’s the rundown on shifting your car, truck, or SUV into park before it stops, from the professional technicians at Autoworks in Ithaca.

  • Is it time for a new transmission?

    mechanic working on vehicle

    Is your car, truck, or SUV experiencing transmission failure? At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we’re here to help. You have a variety of options as to how to handle your failed transmission and knowing your options will help you to make an informed decision.

  • Is It Time To Replace Your Transmission?

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    Making the call to get a new transmission can be difficult. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we’re here to help you make the right choice.

  • Is That Shaking a Driveshaft Issue?

    driveshaft

    Whatever type of truck you run in your fleet, they all have a driveshaft that connects the transmission to the differential, transferring power to the wheels. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we specialize in diesel truck and fleet vehicle maintenance and repair, including precision driveshaft care.

  • Is You Vehicle Vibrating? It May Be Your U-Joints

    The term u-joints are commonly thrown around when discussing a vehicle that exhibits vibration or driving issues. What exactly is a u-joint, and how do you know if one is bad? Autoworks in Ithaca has the answers.

  • Is Your Car Trying To Tell You Something?

    dash of car all lit up

    Transmission failure rarely happens out of the blue - there’s a good chance a transmission will give you a good amount of warning before kicking the bucket. Here are some things you can watch out for, from Autoworks in Ithaca, NY.

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