Transmission

  • Transmission Problems are Slippery Business

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    Transmission slippage can be caused by a variety of factors which are sometimes difficult to pin down. From Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, here’s a rundown of the more common issues that may cause a transmission to slip.

  • Transmission Repair Done Right

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    At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we understand the intricacy and complexity of your transmission. That’s why we always treat it with the same attention to detail as the engineers that designed it, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive.

  • Transmission Slips Could Slide You Right Off The Road

    You’ve likely encountered someone talking about their car or truck transmission "slipping”. What does that mean, why does it do it, and where do you go from here? At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, our trained staff has the answers to get you safely back on the road. Transmission slippage is certainly one of the most dreaded issues you face as the owner of a car or truck’s and there are some indicators that let you know that something is wrong.

  • Transmissions - the key to better fuel economy

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    There have been a lot of technological advancements, and breakthroughs in efficiency to make modern cars, trucks, and SUVs so much more fuel-efficient than their counterparts. While engine design certainly plays a huge role, automatic transmissions have come a long way as well, contributing greatly to the gas mileage of your vehicle. From Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, here are some ways transmissions have changed to meet the demands of fuel efficiency.

  • Used Engines and Transmissions - Are They Worth the Risk?

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    Nobody wants to put an engine or transmission in their car. However, when that time comes, it’s important to make an informed decision - here are some things to consider when installing a used engine or transmission, from Autoworks in Ithaca, NY.

  • Vehicle Making Weird Noises? Check Your Transmission!

    It can be very alarming to hear unusual sounds coming from your vehicle. If you are hearing any humming, whining, or even clunking noises emitting from under your vehicle, it is most likely a transmission issue. Luckily, these noises can help you pinpoint what issue you may be having with your transmission. Some of these issues are minor and can be easily taken care of, but some of them are much more major and may require special attention and service. Read on to see just what your transmission problem may be.

  • Warning - Your Transmission May Be Failing

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    At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we know that transmissions are witchcraft to most people. More often than not, if major damage has occurred, it’s a lot more time and cost effective to just replace the entire unit and get a fresh start. Here’s what to look out for, from Autoworks in Ithaca, NY.

  • What are u-joints, and how can you diagnose a bad one?

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    U-joints are a small, simple component - in fact, they have changed much since the very first automobiles. However, on any vehicle with a driveshaft, its ability to move depends entirely on the u-joint being there. You’ll often hear “maybe it’s the u-joints” as a solution offered for problems with a vehicle - but what are they, what do they do, and how do you know if yours is bad? Autoworks in Ithaca, NY has the answers.

  • What Do Mechanics Have To Do With Hydraulics?

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    A huge part of what the hydraulic system in your transmission does is tell the mechanical components what to do and when to do it. Even if you don't understand how that works, our technicians at Autoworks in Ithaca, NY have trained with the best to make sure they understand all the ins and outs of your system. We want you to understand what we're talking about when we talk to you about your vehicle so we'll break down some aspects of your hydraulic system. 

  • What Does My Transmission Do?

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    At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, transmissions are our specialty. We know exactly how they work and exactly how to maintain and repair one. You know you have a transmission, and you know it’s important, but what does it actually do? Here’s the simple answer to a complicated question.

  • What is a Carrier Bearing?

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    At Autoworks in Ithaca, our goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV shifting and riding as smoothly as it did the day it rolled off the lot. A big part of that is the mounting hardware that keeps the moving parts in your drivetrain running smooth.

  • What Is a Transmission “Flush”?

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    You’ve probably heard the term “transmission flush” before at some point in your automotive experience. But what exactly does it mean to have your transmission flushed, and why does it matter? Autoworks in Ithaca, NY has the answers.

  • What kind of condition is your fluid in, and what does that mean for your transmission?

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    The condition of your transmission fluid can tell you a lot about the condition of the transmission itself. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we want to help you be aware of what to look for and what we look for when servicing your transmission. 

  • What Makes Up a Transmission - Hydraulic Components

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    Hydraulic power has a lot to do with how your transmission operates. There are some basic hydraulic components that keep your transmission running smoothly.

  • What Makes Up Your Drivetrain?

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    Your drivetrain is where most of the process of moving your vehicle occurs. The drivetrain includes all the parts powered by the engine to turn the wheels, including the transmission, axles, or driveshafts that combine efforts to propel your car forward (or backward, when you’re in reverse.) At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, our drivetrain specialists are well equipped to keep your car, truck, or SUV reliably on the road and running smoothly along.

  • What To Do About Transmission Leaks

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    Leaky transmissions can be a pain. Not only do they make a mess on the underside of your car, and in your driveway, but the transmission fluid is expensive and inconvenient to deal with. At from Autoworks in Ithaca, NY we want you to be an informed driver so here’s some information about where transmission leaks start, and how to end them.

  • What Your Transmission Warning Light is Telling You

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    At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we’ve seen and diagnosed every warning light in the book. Many people ignore their check engine light, and while it isn’t advised, often get away with it. Transmission warning lights are different, however. Here's what it means and what you should do when it comes on.

  • What Your Vehicle's Towing Capacity Means

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    Unless you use your vehicle to tow every day for work, odds are you haven’t paid much attention to your truck, SUV, or crossover’s towing capacity. Maybe you’re looking to buy a boat for some summer fun or just need to rent a trailer to get your belongings from one dwelling to the next. Whatever the reason for pulling something behind your vehicle, it’s important to get a firm grasp on what exactly your towing capacity means. Understanding how each of the components in your vehicle contributes to your overall tow rating can keep you from putting undue stress on your rig and keep you and your family safe.

  • What's My Transmission Made Of?

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    Automatic transmissions aren’t well understood outside of specialists like our technicians here at Autoworks in Ithaca, NY. While it would be impossible to teach you enough to make you a transmission expert in a quick article, 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. Being able to understand how your transmission works will help you identify any problems that may arise to prevent further wear and tear on your vehicle. 

  • What's So Great About Performance Chips?

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    Performance chip installation is one of the perks of diesel truck ownership. At Autoworks in Ithaca, our mechanics can professionally tune and install a chip for any application, whether you drive a Cummins, Powerstroke, Duramax, or otherwise.

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