The biggest difference between an automatic transmission and a standard transmission is a standard (or manual transmission) uses a stick shift and a clutch to shift gears whereas an automatic transmission does it – like you may have guessed, automatically. Automatic transmissions are much more common in new vehicles sold today. In fact, 93% of all new vehicles sold in 2012 are automatics.
Automatic Transmission VS Standard Transmissions
Just like that of a manual transmission, the automatic transmission’s primary job is to allow the engine to operate in its narrow range of speeds while providing a wide range of output speeds.
The transmission uses gears to make more effective use of the engine’s torque, and to keep the engine operating at an appropriate speed.
Many modern transmissions have hundreds of moving parts and are very expensive to fix or replace. To avoid costly breakdowns, we suggest having your transmission serviced every 20,000-30,000 kilometers or at the manufacturer suggested maintenance intervals. A typical transmission service consists of changing the transmission fluid, filter, gaskets and possibly making adjustments to the linkage that connects the transmission to other parts of the vehicle.
Check Engine or Transmission Light
Almost all the vehicles that were built after 1993 and came with an automatic transmission (imports and domestic, cars and trucks) are partially or fully computer controlled. If there is a problem starting with automatic transmission, the check engine and or transmission light will come on in the dash. Before the light comes on in the dash, the onboard computer senses a reoccurring problem with the transmission and once it determines that it is a continuing problem, only then it will turn on the check engine or transmission light. Once the light has come on, the onboard computer will store a code in memory and at that point the vehicle computer needs to be scanned for fault code. Most of the times, it’s a very simple problem that can be corrected with minor repairs.
BCAA Accredited and Extended Warranty Approved Facility
A&B Transmissions has been servicing and repairing all makes and models of transmissions at our original 10,000 sq ft, 7 bay facility since 1975. We are a BCAA accredited transmission repair center for Langley and Surrey since 1975. With our fully trained technicians and the latest diagnostic and rebuilding equipment, We are a leader in diagnostics and repair of all types of computer controlled transmissions. We do transmission repairs for new car dealerships and other automotive repair shops as well large fleets, also we are an authorized repair facility for Global, Lubrico, GE Capital, Old Republic, and many other extended warranty companies.
We are members of ATRA (Automotive Transmission Retailers Association) and our warranty is covered at over 4000 ATRA repair centers across North America.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email here at the shop.