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    Recognizing When Your Car's Transmission is in Trouble

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Your vehicle’s transmission is one of its most complex and sophisticated internal systems. It is crucial to have your transmission inspected at the first sign of a problem, as transmission problems that become serious can be more time intensive and costly to repair. Here are some of the ways to recognize when your car’s manual transmission is in trouble:

    Difficulty Getting Into Gear
    When you drive a manual transmission, your vehicle should ideally transition seamlessly and smoothly between gears. If your transmission is experiencing trouble, you may find that you have trouble getting your car into gear, or you may hear a grinding noise when you shift. This problem may be more pronounced when you are shifting from a stop into first gear.

    Bad Smell
    Transmission fluid is designed to lubricate and cool the moving internal parts of your transmission. If your transmission fluid is leaking or low, your transmission components may begin to grind together and heat up. When your transmission is not properly lubricated or cooled, you may smell an unpleasant burning odor. Whenever you notice a bad smell coming from your transmission, be sure to make an appointment with your mechanic right away.

    Noises in Neutral
    When you shift your vehicle into neutral, your vehicle should idle quietly. If you hear a loud sound when you shift into neutral, this could be an indication that your transmission is in trouble. If you hear many different noises coming from your transmission while you are in neutral, you might be hearing the sound of mechanical parts as they wear together.

    At the first sign of transmission trouble, contact Miramar Transmission. Our expert technicians can repair or rebuild your transmission, and we will provide you with top quality parts and service. To learn more about our transmission services in the San Diego area, contact us by calling (888) 789-4786.  

    Tips for Making Your Brakes Last Longer

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Your car’s brakes are one of its most crucial safety systems. Over many miles of use, your brake pads will eventually wear down and need replacement in order to provide you with safe, effective, and reliable performance. While regular brake maintenance is a necessary part of car ownership, there are several ways to ensure that your brakes do not wear out sooner than necessary. Here are some tips for making your brakes last longer:

    Avoid Forceful Braking
    Braking forcefully to stop your vehicle when you are travelling at a fast speed will place excessive strain on your braking system. To achieve long lasting performance from your braking system, avoid braking hard at fast highway speeds. Instead, always drive slowly and cautiously, so that you are able to anticipate slow downs and brake more gently.

    Carry Lighter Loads
    The more cargo you carry in your vehicle, the harder your brakes will work to slow you down. To help keep your brakes in great working condition, try to carry lighter loads whenever possible. Avoid carrying unnecessary, heavy items in your car, and pack as lightly as possible. Keeping the weight down in your car will go a long ways towards extending the lifespan of your brakes. Travelling light will also improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, which could save you a few bucks at the gas pump.

    Schedule Regular Maintenance
    Along with brake pad replacement procedures, you should also have your brake fluid flushed at regular intervals. Brake fluid provides power to your brake’s hydraulic system, and it also lubricates and cleans your entire brake system. By servicing your brake fluid at factory recommended intervals, you will preserve the internal components of your brakes and help them to last longer.

    If your vehicle is in need of brake system maintenance or repairs, come to Miramar Transmission. We serve the San Diego area with a full range of auto repair and transmissions services, and we will ensure that you have a fantastic service experience at our shop. Call us at (888) 789-4786 to make an appointment for your vehicle today!

    Understanding How the Summer Temperatures Affect Your Car

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Warm weather and long driving trips can put additional strain on many of the major systems of your vehicle. If you will be heading out on a road trip soon, it is important to be aware of how the heat can affect your car’s performance and safety. Here is a look at how the hot temperatures affect your car: 

    Cooling System
    Summer heat can affect your vehicle’s cooling system in a variety of different ways. On a hot day, using your air conditioning will put extra demand on your cooling system. In addition, taking longer drives in hot weather can cause your coolant to evaporate more quickly. To ensure that your cooling system is ready for the summer, make sure that it is filled with coolant, and that your radiator is in proper working condition.

    Car Battery
    In order to remain properly functioning and charged, your car battery should be filled with the correct level battery fluid. During extreme summer temperatures, the fluid in your battery can begin to wear out, which will eventually cause the battery to lose its charge. If your car has an older battery, have your mechanic test your battery to make sure that it is properly charged and in good shape.

    Tires
    The heat of summer can greatly affect your vehicle’s tires. On a hot summer day, the increased temperatures can cause the pressure levels inside your tires to rise. Before you head out on a long drive in the summer, always make sure that your tires are properly inflated, and that your tire treads are not overly worn.

    At Miramar Transmission, we can help you get your car ready for summer driving. In addition to our transmission repair and maintenance services, we offer a full range of top quality general auto repairs, and our expert mechanics will ensure that your vehicle is ready to beat the summer heat. To make a seasonal maintenance appointment for your car, call our San Diego auto repair location at (888) 789-4786.

    A Brief Guide to Dashboard Lights

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Your car’s dashboard can provide you with a great dial of information about the internal systems of your vehicle. If your car is experiencing a mechanical issue, you will typically see a dashboard light illuminate when it is time to bring your vehicle to the auto repair shop. There are various dashboard lights and symbols to watch out for when you are driving. Depending on what light is illuminated, you car could be telling you about a problem with the ABS system, fueling system, electrical system, and more. To learn more about the dashboard lights in your vehicle, consult your owner’s manual or bring your vehicle to Miramar Transmission.   

    If your check engine light is on, the expert technicians at Miramar Transmission are here to help. We offer a full range of auto repair and transmission services, and we can diagnose and repair your vehicle. To learn more about the top quality transmission and auto repair services we offer the San Diego area, call us at (888) 789-4786 or visit our website.

    Preparing Your Car for Summer

    Last updated 12 months ago

    Hot summer weather will place extra strain on some of the most vital systems of your car. To prepare your car for summer, you should make sure that your tires are properly inflated and that your air filter is clean and free of debris. You should also make an appointment to have your air conditioner serviced if it is not blowing cold. For more summer car maintenance tips, watch this video from WAP TV.

    A seasonal maintenance appointment at Miramar Transmission can help prepare your car for summer driving. Our San Diego shop provides a full range of auto repair services, as well as expert transmission diagnostics and repairs. Call us at (888) 789-4786 to schedule your summer service appointment with our expert technicians.

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