Transmission Repair Services | Bridwell Automotive Center in Scottsdale, AZ
Bridwell Automotive provides excellent transmission repair service – we are committed to getting you the information you need to make the right decisions about your transmission repairs for automatic transmissions and manual transmissions, on foreign model or domestic model transmission rebuilds.
If you are having difficulty shifting, or if your transmission slips or shudders, or is not staying in gear, please come see us for an expert auto diagnostic. Call 480.948.4781 to schedule an appointment.
What is a Transmission?
The transmission is a device that is connected to the back of the engine and sends the power from the engine to the drive wheels. A car engine runs best at a specific RPM. The transmission’s job is to make sure power is delivered to the wheels while at the same time, keep the RPM’s within range. This is accomplished with various gear combinations.
While in first gear, the engine turns a lot faster when compared to the drive wheels; in high gear, the engine is loafing even if the car is going more than 75 MPH. All transmissions have a neutral position, which disconnects the engine from the drive wheels; and reverse, which causes the drive wheels to turn in the opposite direction, allowing you to back up.
Transmission fluid should be changed regularly to get good automotive performance in our Scottsdale driving conditions. The recommended mileage could be anywhere from 15,000 to 100,000 miles. Many experts recommend changing the fluid and filter every 25,000 miles.
While some transmissions have drain plugs to remove the old fluid, most require a technician to remove the transmission oil pan. This is a messy job that Bridwell can take care of for you. When the pan is removed and down, our automotive technician checks for metal shavings and debris which are indicators of impending transmission problems. Usually, only about half the oil is able to be removed from the unit, much of the oil is left in the torque converter and cooler lines. Bridwell will make sure that the correct fluid is used to re-fill the transmission, using manufacturer quidelines.
If a transmission is shifting too early or too late, it may require an adjustment to the throttle cable. Throttle cables rarely go out of adjustment on their own; mis-adjustments are usually due to other repair work or damage from an accident. Many problems that seem to be transmission problems disappear after a tune-up or engine performance related repair is completed. Bridwell will thoroughly diagnose your engine problems and give you a transmission repair estimate before starting any transmission service.
The modern automatic transmission consists of many components that work together (mechanical, hydraulic and electrical) and have evolved over many years. These are the main components of an automatic transmission:
- Planetary Gear Sets – mechanical systems that provide the various forward and reverse gear ratios.
- Seals and Gaskets – used to keep the oil where it is supposed to be and prevent oil leaks.
- Torque Converter – acts like a clutch to allow the vehicle to come to a stop in gear while the engine is running.
- Hydraulic System – controls the clutches and bands in order to control the planetary gear sets.
- Throttle Cable – monitors speed and throttle position in order to determine when to shift.
At Bridwell Automotive in Scottsdale, we are going to treat you like you are one of our family, take care to do the work properly, and do our best to make your routine auto maintenance easier – we promise great customer care and expert transmission repair and rebuilds and general automotive services.
Call us today at 480.948.4781 to get started!