The transmission in a vehicle is like the heart of the machine. It allows power to be sent from the source (the vehicle’s motor or engine) to its ultimate driving mechanism, or the wheels of the vehicle. Transmissions use gears and a clutch to convert the speed of the power source into torque. Simply put, torque is the force needed to rotate the wheels on a vehicle. Using the gears, the engine's torque and speed can be modified to help to maintain an appropriate engine speed for different speeds to minimize fuel consumption and in overall, to help increase the life of the engine. This process causes heat, and engine temperature can greatly affect the general performance of the transmission. Excessive heat is one of the most detrimental conditions for an engine or transmission and is one of the main reasons for most engine and transmission failures. With the hot summer months coming up here in Los Angeles, transmission maintenance is critical. Keeping heat at a normal operating temperature through the extreme heat and start and stop traffic is important for the life span of a vehicle's transmission and engine.

It may seem contradictory, but vehicles consistently driven for short distances do not have the opportunity for the engine to warm up to the normal heat range. This can cause excessive wear and can affect the life expectancy of a vehicle’s transmission. Alternatively, vehicles driven in hot temperatures are susceptible to increased pressure to perform.  Higher temperatures mean that all mechanical components of a vehicle, including transmissions, need to work harder. The transmission fluid, for example, must remain within normal operating temperatures to prevent damage to rubber components. Old, dirty, or low levels of transmission fluid and clogged lines (especially when pulling heavy loads) can all cause a transmission to overheat. When fluid enters the system faster than the oil cooler can cool it, the fluid burns and can damage the entire system. Transmission systems are very complex and involve more processes in a vehicle than meets the eye. Los Angeles transmission experts are the best resources to prevent these types of problems, or to repair a vehicle back to optimum operating standards.

The following symptoms may be signs that a vehicle's transmission in Los Angeles area requires service:

•    The vehicle’s check engine light is on.
•    Low or leaking transmission fluid.
•    ‘Knocking’ noise coming from the transmission.
•    Transmission is ‘slipping’ (the vehicle is slow to respond when put into gear or when shifting gears).

Vehicle transmission repair is typically a car service where the skills of a specialist are required in order to get the job done right. Transmission repair involves the parts of vehicles that shift gears and other vehicle systems and is critical for vehicles that have undergone a lot of overuse or abuse. It is also important to have problems repaired away, as transmission problems can translate into and cause other expensive system problems in a vehicle. Whether it is general maintenance or complete repair, a Los Angeles transmission repair specialist can help ensure a cool ride this summer.

This article was written by Alva Prybylski on behalf of Westside Transmission and Automotive, we are a top quality auto and car transmission repair shop in Los Angeles. We offer complete transmission service, repair and replacement for both automatic and manual transmissions on all makes and models including cars, trucks and SUV’s.  To know the causes of automobile battery corrosion, visit

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