Changing hidden parts

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Changing hidden parts Changing hidden parts; hidden parts can be very difficult to replace. With the transmission/transaxle removed. Is the best time to tackle hard to get to seals. Freeze plugs, transmission oil seals, exhaust. Also mounts are more easily changed with the transmission out of the vehicle. Most transmissions are better made than in the past. Electronic controls and more gears increase their life. Fluid changes can help keep seals from leaking. Also letting them last longer because the new fluid helps cool, clean and lubricate the internal parts. However standard transmissions (stick shifts) do require clutch, pressure plate, flywheel or throw-out bearing replacement. Automatic transmissions can leak and also break down due to fluid loss. If for any reason your transmission has to be removed. Your service advisor should let you know if there are any oil, antifreeze, exhaust or engine mounts that are leaking. Engine freeze plugs can rust or corrode. When located in front of the transmission. Changing them cost less when done with any service involving the transmission removal. Exact replacements made of metal or rubber are offered. Ask the shop to change the antifreeze as well. This is a good habit to get in to. Very Important To Watch For: Rear main engine oil seals come in different types. One piece knock in type seals are easier to install sans transmission. Two piece seals require removal of the oil pan and require more labor time to install. Diesel engines are even more difficult to change rear main engine oil seals on. At Super Premium Transmission we routinely remove transmissions. Other shops that do not do this on a regular basis may cause unforeseen  transmission problems. Recently a customer brought in a BMW 3 series automobile  It would hardly run and had multiple trouble codes. It needed a crankshaft position sensor installed. By removing the transmission we were able to change the sensor. There were no collateral problems created by removing the plenum and the customer was happy with the results. Another customer needing a clutch replacement for a late model Ford Focus. We told the customer the transmission seals had leaked on to the clutch. He asked us to replace them and again another happy customer.  Our attention to detail always makes the difference. So call us if you need any work involving transmission removal and replacement. 281-858-1052  ...

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Engine-transmission mounts

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Engine-transmission mounts Engine-transmission mounts come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They support the weight of the engine and transmission. They also absorb shock and vibration. Mounts limit the amount of travel  the drive train can make when accelerating or at idle. There are also Strut (shock absorber) mounts. They help support the suspension. Aftermarket examples are made from a mold created by engineers. The molds closely resemble the original part. The materials may be different. Differences might be harder rubber or different metal.  Sometimes this creates problems like vibrations. Original Equiptment Manufacture (OEM). OEM products are made from the same molds as the original parts. The material may even be improved. The price for these is usually higher than aftermarket ones. Detecting bad mounts is done by the following method: 1) Engage the emergency brake. 2)With the engine running; Put one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. 3) Put the transmission in reverse and rev the engine. You will feel it jump if a mount or mounts are bad. 4) Put the transmission in drive and rev the engine.You will feel it jump if a mount or mounts are bad. 5) Verify this by raising the vehicle in the air and checking the mounts strength by trying to move it with a pry bar. 6) Look for leaks in liquid filled mounts (pictured at the top of the page). 7) Make sure all the mounting bolts are tight. 8) Look for splits in the rubber material. 9) Observe broken bolts or cracked metal. 10) If you cannot find a physical defect in the mount, call the Dealership and see if they sell many of the suspected bad mount. At Super Premium Transmission we are dedicated to solving drivability problems. Feel free to call or stop by for a free check up for engine-transmission mount or any drivability...

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Transmission leaks

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Transmission leaks:  The small drip under your transmission may seem innocent at first.Transmission leaks can become a costly problem. The simplest leak would be from a pan gasket (if equipped). An oil drain plug may also be the source of a transmission leak. Rear seals, axle seals and cooler line leaks are common. Replacement can be labor intensive but does not require removal of the transmission for access. Front trans. seals and case half gaskets do require the unit to be removed.   First of all; tell tale signs that you may have a leak. Pink or light brown spots under the vehicle. Burning smell or smoking when driving. Secondly; slipping, vehicle feels like it’s in neutral when moving. Thirdly; the check transmission or overheating light comes on. And finally; the vehicle will hardly take off when pressing on the throttle. Noises coming from the “tranny.”Loss of reverse or drive until fluid is added. What we do to check for  transmission leaks. Check the level, condition and color of the fluid. Add the correct type of fluid to the safe mark on the dip stick (if it has one). Drive the vehicle to determine if there is a shifting problem. Raise the vehicle up on a lift to visually inspect for leaks. Clean under the vehicle with solvent in order to pin point the origin of the leak. Remove the sump (pan) and look for evidence of internal damage. If no sump look at the drain plug to see if there is excessive metal at the bottom. Why seals go bad? Removal and replacement of Constant Velocity Joints (CV) can damage an axle seal. Lack of maintenance can cause transmission fluid to break down. Broken down fluid can create blockages and raise pressures forcing separation from the case. Rear drive driveshafts may wear out a support bushing cutting the seal. Front seals fail due to heat, pressure, cracking, crankshaft walk-out (movement back). Sharp pieces of metal may be cutting the seals. Also scan the computer for trouble codes. This may reveal the cause of the problem. The bottom line: In conclusion at Super Premium Transmission we strive to make the repair equal to or better than the original factory example. Improved seals are usually really available. Should a major repair be needed we have the expertise to determine the best repair option offering multiple repair strategies. a best way to avoid a leak or major repair is to have us service the vehicle regularly. This can help the transmission last longer and preempt a tragedy by catching the problem at the beginning and not when it’s too late. Super Premium Transmission – Wilson Imports and Domestics 5114 Hwy 6 North Ste A...

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