Another Volvo gets revived
Another Volvo gets revived! About six months ago a customer brought us this Volvo V70. It was just purchased used. There was no pre purchase check out done. It was purchased because the body was straight and paint looked good. It still had massive electrical problems. The engine had trouble starting. Also the transmission was slipping and had no high gear. The engine mounts were broken. Front O2 sensor had failed. ABS control module was not working. The speedometer had stopped. Headlight broken. There were many diagnostic trouble codes and a brake light on. Convinced it was worth repairing the customer approved the repairs. Fortunately he gave us all the needed time to do it right. It seemed obvious why the vehicle was sold. We feel the former owner did not want to fix all the problems. Selling or junking the Volvo seemed his only options.
The slipping transmission was removed from the vehicle. We took it apart. It needed clutches. It also needed seals and sealing rings. Solenoids in the valve body were replaced due to all the metal we found in the valve body. The filter was changed as well. The black trans fluid was also flushed from the cooler lines and replaced with new. We used parts that were better than original. A crack in the flywheel at the edge required us to replace it. Although pricy it needed to be changed to insure long term reliability. The leaking rear main engine oil seal was replaced.The jumping engine received new engine and transmission mounts. The Antilock Brake System light was fixed by installing a remanufactured controller. This also allowed the speedometer to operate properly. The starting issues were overcome with a new battery and flywheel.
Our customer was really impressed with how well the V70 ran and looked when we were done. Back from the dead another Volvo gets revived.
At Super Premium Transmission we don’t turn away vehicles with issues, we fix them! 281-858-1052
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.
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 issues.
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
Houston, TX, 77084
281 858 1052
Transmission coolers come in many different types:
Transmission coolers come in many shapes and sizes. Their purpose is to help a transmission cool better. Better cooling helps mechanical parts inside last longer. There are high efficiency small coolers. Large aluminum finned coolers, fan mounted types. Their design mimics that of a small radiator. Often they are installed in front of the radiator.
High efficiency trans cooler with fan.
Is far more common than one might think. Summer heat and the sun reflect light off the pavement increasing the internal temperature within the transmission. Transmission overheating can go undetected for some time.
Transmission Fluid care options
Transmission Fluid care options; Many people are under the impression that transmissions/transaxles require no or little maintenance. At Super Premium Transmission (SPT) we offer transmission fluid care. To the contrary transmissions are made up of many moving parts. The parts work together to pull a vehicle. Heat especially in the south multiplied by the Sun’s reflection from the road surface may cause premature loss of protection. When fluid breaks down from overheating metal parts can pit. In addition to that internal seals may lose surface area and cross leak. Thus resulting in the transmission overheating and consequent malfunction.
Vehicle manufacturers that recommend transmission/transaxle preventative maintenance too often set the time or mileage too high so the wear process has already begun. When that happens the fluid that is changed can bring an underlying problem to the surface. Transmission fluid has solvent in it. It cleans but cannot distinguish between well-seasoned (fully functioning) parts and burned or deteriorated ones.
How to make your transmission last:
Consider your Transmission Fluid care options. So what can you do to slow down the process? As a rule of thumb a recommendation of 15,000 miles (Drain and fill) with approved fluid for your vehicle and a filter if it needs one. Flush service removes all of the fluid is suggested at the 30,000 miles interval. Our MotorVac Tec III machine is a premium tool in performing the transmission flush.
Constant Variable Transmissions in general are known to fail when NOT serviced!
Why use us? Our passion to do the job right the first time and actually do some good by preventing a premature transmission failure. Many shops use the fluid change special to ferret out major repair candidates. If there is a legitimate problem, we believe the customer usually knows. If there is a genuine “trans” malfunction it will be discovered on the free road test, diagnostic scan or lift check.
We also offer BG Specialty fluids that work great (in our experience). Although the cost is greater than regular transmission fluid it usually carries a warranty (providing their guidelines are followed).
Call to schedule an appointment or ask a question.
281 858 1052
Super Premium Transmission – Wilson Imports and Domestics
5114 Hwy 6 North ste A Houston, TX,77084
One of the most annoying issues with automotive ownership are the various noises they make.Our Customers often tell us about noises and telling us where they think the rattle, hum and grinding, whistling or knocking sound is coming from so that we can fix the problem that the noise is indicating.
Our experience tells us to take a road test with the customer in the vehicle to make certain that we hear and understand the type of sound it is making.
Next raise the vehicle up on our lifts and visually examine components such as exhaust, motor mounts, transmission mounts, front and rear end, (if so equipped) suspension, body panels and air conditioning components, idlers, pulleys and tensioners within the engine compartment as well.
At Super Premium Transmission we prefer to find various solutions to the problem and in turn provide our customers with viable options.Should the noises NOT be related to the transmission or drive train our partners at Wilson Imports and Domestics are always up to a challenge and will assist us in determining the cause of the noise.
Once the source of the noise is determined we make every necessary effort to resolve the squeak, rattle or vibration by replacing or if possible repairing the component.
Being partners in a neighborhood shop also allows for us to discuss the problem to see if it is a common type of noise.
All in all noises may be annoying but not impossible to alleviate.
Many years ago I managed a transmission shop in proximity to our present location. It was the day before the 4th of July and I was excited about having the opportunity to fur-low the crew for a 4-day weekend.
Then married to a lovely, compassionate therapist, a combined family of 4 wonderful children, 2-dogs, a cat and perhaps 100-tropical fish. The extended weekend beckoned a siren’s song of barbecue, family time, great music and the possibility of rest and relaxation made me realize how lucky I really was.
Back at the shop the crew had been instructed to not turn away any customers although we were permitted to close the shop at 2:00 providing all the work was completed.
At about 2:00 the customers and employees had left and I was about to join my anxiously awaiting family at home.
Closing out the books in the accounting office and poised to walk out the front door I heard someone enter the main office. It sounded like two people or a drunk speaking in a gravely voice.
Emerging from the office, the urge to say, “We’re closed” crept into my consciousness. I feigned a warm smile and said, “Hi, I’m Jim, what can I do for you.”
“MY NAME IS ROBERT YOUNG,” he said! Oh like on the TV show “Father Knows Best.” He retorted, “Yes, but without the money.” I laughed as he just stared at me. I was thinking he was drunk perhaps in preparation for the 4th of July so I adjusted my attitude and started talking myself out of being angry.
When he said he had a Mustang my nervous anticipation faded and I was overcome with both interest and compassion because I had restored many a “Stang” and loved Mustangs. “Can someone drive it and tell me what’s wrong with it.” I smiled and remembered my former wife arriving home from work both exhausted from her patients symptomatic idioms yet glowing with satisfaction for listening, understanding and often helping other people with their problems. “Let’s go,”I said.
Robert slid into the passenger seat of the beautiful maroon colored 5.0 HO, automatic transmission Mustang.
I checked the fluid level, looked for leaks, linkage alignment, engine for misfire or vacuum leaks, all good. Got behind the wheel, checked for engine lifts, exhaust noises and misfires, again all good.
Robert reported the transmission was revving while going around a corner. One of the most frustrating things in service is being unable to duplicate a particular driving symptom. Holding true to that adage no revving or slipping occurred and my thoughts turned to anticipation of the upcoming weekend.
As we rounded a curve Robert uttered, “I just give up” his tone was scary and very unsettling. I was briefly in fear so I asked, “What’s the matter Robert?” He replied, “ About 2-years ago I was diagnosed with M.S.” I lost my job as an industrial engineer, my wife left and my oldest son became violent and destructive. I got very depressed.” Suddenly realizing he was NOT an alcoholic I offered, “Don’t they have a “Depression” group like AA is for alcoholics?” He said, “Yes, I went to a couple of their meetings.” I replied, “ How was it for you?” He stammered, VERY DEPRESSING!” Then something absolutely incredible happened; we both burst into hysterical laughter. By the time we got back to the shop I realized he was just lonely and frustrated, laughing was the best medicine for his cognitive disconnect. Back at the shop I said, “Sorry I couldn’t find a transmission problem,” He said, “I’ll bet you are.” Again we both roared with laughter. “Robert said, thank you Jim, I feel so much better now!” I walked away feeling as though the universe had just patted me on the back.
At home I shared the experience with my family and they gained insight into human interaction and how anyone can help anyone if they are willing, bear the discomfort and put others first. I was the one that gained from this experience.
Years later Robert had a legitimate transmission problem and brought the “Stang” in for a repair, we reminisced about the road test years before and he remarked about how that day helped him turn his life around.