Category Archives: Transmission

Do I need a transmission fluid flush? Yes, here’s why

A transmission fluid flush might not be top-of-mind for you, but the same can’t be said for your car. This maintenance procedure is the most important thing you can do to keep your automatic transmission operating properly for the life of the vehicle. We’ve pulled together a cheat sheet on all things transmission fluid, so you’re educated and empowered to keep your car in top condition. Get ready for your crash course: The scoop on transmission fluid Perhaps surprisingly, transmission fluid does more than lubricate the components of your transmission to keep it shifting smoothly. It is also used to build … Continue reading

Auto repair costs climb nearly 10% in 2013; Transmission repairs top ‘most expensive’ list

The average car repair cost in Illinois was $393 in 2013, up nearly 15% from 2012, according to CarMD’s 2014 State-By-State Ranking of Auto Repair Costs. This is just slightly higher than the national average of $392, which is up nearly 7% from 2012. Across the Midwest, consumers paid $368 on average for auto repairs in 2013, up 9.29% from $337 in 2012. Topping the list of Most Expensive Vehicle Repairs in 2013 were transmission repairs and replacements. In fact, 6 of the top 10 most expensive repairs were transmission related. (See the full list below!) The average cost of … Continue reading

Is it true that I need a transmission flush?

Transmission Auto Lab

Question: I drive mostly locally around Vernon Hills and Lake Forest. My car has about 75,000 miles on it. Do I really need to change the transmission fluid? Answer: Extreme temperatures, towing heavy loads and normal stress from driving are hard on transmissions, and this includes in-town driving in Vernon Hills and Lake Forest. Replacing or rebuilding your transmission can cost $2,000–$4,500. But the cost of flushing the transmission fluid and replacing the transmission filter (when applicable) costs $150-$200 and will help keep your vehicle going for thousands and thousands of miles. If a transmission is flushed every 30,000 miles … Continue reading