The last thing most vehicle owners want to hear from a service adviser or mechanic at an auto repair shop is, “Your transmission needs repair.” Ouch! Usually a diagnosis like this translates to big money.
One way to put off the need for transmission repair is to check your transmission fluid at least twice a year. If it’s too low, your vehicle may shift poorly. Even worse, leaving it low can damage the transmission. (Tip: If it’s low a lot, check for fluid leaks. Transmission fluid is usually red in color so it’s easy to differentiate from other vehicle fluids.)
Where to find transmission leaks
Because transmissions operate within a closed system, there are only a handful of places where leaks happen: at the base of the filler tube; at the drain hole beneath; at the radiator; at the selector shaft; at the speed-sensor mounting location; between transmission and engine; and finally, from the tail shaft seal or the transmission pan gasket (these last two are the most common sites of transmission leaks).
More Things to check if you suspect it’s the transmission
TIP: Inspect and replace your filter before you do anything else. This simple action can often take care of transmission repair problems. If changing the filter doesn’t solve the problem, then you can gasp and start sweating out the possibility of a major transmission repair bill.
Please take a few moments and watch our video about the importance of keeping your transmission fluid maintained properly.
At Chuck’s Auto Repair locations in North Seattle and Shoreline, we are automatic transmission repair and service experts in Seattle for your car or truck. Our locations are AAA-Approved for Total Car Care in Seattle, ASE-certified master mechanics know the ropes as few others do in Seattle. So when your transmission starts showing troublesome symptoms (e.g., burning smells; check engine light; dragging clutch; clunking or humming; grinding or shaking when you change gears; leaking fluid; no response; slipping gears; transmission noisy when in neutral; vehicle refuses to go into gear; whining) give us a call—we do it all.
Green Lake, WA
We had to have our transmission replaced. Always friendly prompt service and very professional. Great place for honesty and integrity. Thank you staff and all mechanics!
surprising based on age of car. They texted a detailed quote then called me to go over each item. No pressure on me to approve any or all the work. Because of scope of repairs, could not be completed same day. But work was done within time frame provided. One part cost slightly more than estimated only because they had to get from the dealer(again due to age of car)although they did try other options first. This was discussed before proceeding. I was very satisfied with the communication and professionalism.
Chuck's Auto Repair - Maple Leaf
5 out of 5 stars
posted 2 months ago
My daughter’s catalytic converter was stolen from her Honda CRV. Owen not only replaced this after working with our auto insurance but he and the team replaced the sway bar...
that was actually nonfunctional.
The service provided was not only excellent and timely but the team was also outstanding. They answered all our questions and were more than willing to let us know what steps needed to be taken along the way. We are happy to finally know and put out trust in an auto shop in Seattle for all our auto problems. We would recommend them to anyone who is having car problems.