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Transmission repair De Soto KS

Certified transmission repair near De Soto KS at L&D Auto Specialists

Over the past 10 years, our ASE certified mechanics have been specializing in transmission repair near De Soto KS. We use state-of-the-art equipment and technology in our transmission repair shop in order to diagnose your vehicle quickly and accurately.

Combining extensive experience and specialized training with a genuine passion for what we do, we have built a reputation for excellence. We do all type of transmisson repairs including automatic and CVT transmissions, hybrids, diesel, standard and manual transmissions, and clutches. Regardless of what make and model car, truck, or SUV you drive, we have the tools and expertise to fix or replace transmissions.

Transmission repair starts with correctly diagnosing the source of the problem. In transmission repair, rather than removing the entire transmission and replacing it, only a small portion of it is fixed or replaced. Sometimes partial repairs are preferable to complete overhauls, such as when fixing a leak or replacing a single broken component.

The condition of your transmission may be affected by several factors, including how well you followed the recommended maintenance schedule and the intervals between fluid changes. Although components wear out at different times, replacing or repairing just some components does not make sure that others will not fail.

Failure of automatic transmissions is caused primarily by lack of proper maintenance. Having your automatic transmission serviced at L&D Auto Specialists ensures peak performance and longer service life. If it fails, a complete replacement will be required. However, a replacement means a large investment. When choosing a shop, choose one that provides quality parts, has warranty coverage, and has skilled mechanics. L&D Auto Specialists uses only high-quality parts from OEM manufacturers and is an ASE certified transmission shop. You should trust your vehicle to a high quality, professional shop like L&D Auto Specialists.

Benefits of automatic transmission service near De Soto KS at L&D Auto Specialists

There are a number of advantages to regularly changing your transmission fluid:

  • Your automatic transmission will run more efficiently and cleanly if the fluid is replaced with the recommended fluid. In turn, this will translate into better fuel economy.
  • By updating your automatic transmission fluid regularly, you will avoid overheating which causes your transmission to lock up. You can prevent this from happening by changing the automatic transmission before it turns black as well.
  • You will save money by performing maintenance on your transmission fluid regularly in the long-run, which prevents you from incurring expenditures for costly repairs. When you do not keep up with your transmission fluid, you run the risk of damaging your transmission, and that could cost you a lot of money.
  • Contact us if you are looking to change your automatic transmission fluid or if you think the fluid may need replacing and require an expert's opinion on this.

Factors that contribute to early transmission failure

Excessive driving conditions cause excessive heat and friction. This can cause premature transmission failure. The following activities are considered strenuous in this case, including:

  • Extreme heat/cold
  • Poorly maintained road surfaces
  • Stop and go traffic
  • Steep inclines
  • Towing
  • Air pollution
  • Hauling heavy loads

Your transmission fluid wears out more rapidly in these conditions, resulting in greater frequency of transmission servicing.

Automatic transmission problems

Pay attention to the following symptoms of transmission problems rather than ignoring them or waiting for them to go away. Taking care of these issues can save you a lot of hassle and money. It is generally more expensive to fix an automatic transmission than a car's engine. This is because transmissions are complex mechanical and computerized systems.

  • Smells like its burning
  • Check engine light is on
  • Grinding or shaking sensation in gear
  • Low or Leaking Transmission Fluid
  • Car won't engage or respond when in gear
  • Gears Slipping
  • Makes Noises: whining, humming or clunking, noisy in neutral

Lots of transmission problems begin small. When these symptoms are ignored, it often results in extremely expensive repairs. In case you experience any of these automatic transmission problems near De Soto KS, please give us a call or bring your car to L&D Auto Specialists to get our opinion.

Transmission diagnostics near De Soto KS at L&D Auto Specialists

Before we start any repairs on your car, we perform comprehensive transmission diagnostic tests that identify the true cause of the problem. Our method is as follows:

  • The transmission diagnostic procedure always starts by listening to your description of the problem. Let us know about any transmission noise or performance problems you experience in as much detail as possible.
  • The proper condition of your transmission relies on transmission fluid. The transmission fluid level will be checked to make sure that it hasn't been damaged by overheating. If applicable, we will also check the fluid levels in your differential and transfer case.
  • The next step involves taking your car on the road, so we can replicate the problem you report and to check for any other faults contributing to the problem.
  • Before we remove the transmission from your car and open the case we make sure it's the cause of the problem. The entire car is examined for diagnostic codes, and we check everything from loose cables to broken mounts to degraded engine performance so we find the correct issue.
  • A specialized scanner is used by our mechanics to scan all critical computer systems of your vehicle for trouble codes.
  • If necessary, transmission repairs will be recommended once we identify the issue. The repairs we provide are reasonably-priced with a nationwide warranty, but you are free to get a second opinion if you wish.

Multipoint transmission inspection service near De Soto KS at L&D Auto Specialists

Test drive checks

In order to gain firsthand knowledge of the problem you are experiencing, our specialists test each vehicle, paying close attention to many specific areas including:

  • 4 X 4 Performance
  • Differential and Transfer Case Fluids
  • Downshift Timing and Quality
  • Drive Ranges
  • Initial Engagements
  • Neutral
  • Noises
  • Park
  • Passing Gear
  • Reverse
  • TCC Engagement
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Upshift Timing and Quality
  • Vibrations

Transmission check lift inspections near De Soto KS at L&D Auto Specialists

With computer diagnostics, our ASE-certified transmission mechanics will scan for trouble codes, install the vehicle on a lift, and make a thorough inspection of each component including:

  • Axels
  • CV Joints or U Joints
  • Engine Idle and Performance
  • Final Drive
  • Fluid Retention
  • Ground and Harness Connections
  • Mounts
  • Pan Gasket
  • Shafts
  • Shift Cable/Linkage
  • TV/Detent Cable/Linkage
  • Vacuum Connections

Our technicians are able to diagnose a problem correctly after conducting this exhaustive multi-point evaluation and help you choose the right repair options for your vehicle. It is not until we have determined the exact cause of the problem that we can make a replacement recommendation.

Transmission fluid change service near De Soto KS at L&D Auto Specialists

It is proven that transmission service helps to extend the longevity of transmissions as well as improve their performance. The transmission is the most complex and essential component of an automobile's engine. It transfers power from the engine to the wheels. Its function is crucial to the engine, so timely repair is a necessity. The transmission will break down if you neglect to service it for long enough. You will have to find a reputable transmission shop near you to fix or replace it.

Why Change Transmission Fluid Regularly?

Transmission oil additives degrade like engine oil over time, causing the transmission to fail to properly lubricate the components or disperse heat evenly. You can ensure that your transmission is properly lubricated by changing the fluid at the recommended interval.

Excessive driving conditions can cause heat and friction. That can cause the transmission to fail before its time. As a result, your transmission fluid will wear out at a faster rate and require more frequent service. In this case, any driving not on the highway is considered strenuous, including:

  • Stop and go traffic
  • Towing
  • Hauling heavy loads
  • Extreme heat/cold
  • Air pollution
  • Steep inclines
  • Poorly maintained road surfaces

Following the manufacturer's recommendation for the make and model of your car will help you determine how often you should replace your transmission fluid. The interval varies depending on the make and model. When you get your oil changed, we recommend that you get your transmission fluid checked as well since you may not be aware of a low fluid level. Any time you notice a leak, make sure the transmission fluid is checked accordingly.

Manual transmission service near De Soto KS at L&D Auto Specialists

A manual transmission may not be as complex as an automatic, but it is just as crucial to properly maintain it. Even though standard transmissions are not hydraulic systems, they require fluid to keep internal system components lubricated, clean, and protected. In manual transmission fluids, specialized detergents, lubricants, and anti-corrosive additives wear out with normal use. During service, old, worn fluid is extracted and replaced with fresh fluid which effectively cleans and protects the moving components. Fluid filters are not installed in standard transmission. It is important to follow manufacturer recommendations for different kinds of transmission fluid. By doing this, you will reduce getting your manual transmission repaired for lack of maintenance.

What happens if I forget to change the transmission fluid?

The transmission can shift improperly when it is low on fluid, or not shift at all. Your transmission can also be damaged because the internal parts won't be properly lubricated. However, you may not hear any noises or have other clues that your transmission is low on fluid until it is too late. So it is important to get it checked and changed when needed.

With regular transmission fluid changes, you will reduce the risk of shortening the life of and needing costly repairs on your transmission.

Transmissions and fuel economy

Fuel economy is affected by the condition of your transmission and its efficiency. Engines are fitted with different gears to ensure that the engine's power is used as efficiently as possible at varying speeds and under varying driving conditions such as climbing inclines and traveling downhill. Engines have a power band which is the speed range at which they operate optimally. Under different operating conditions, a transmission with multiple gears performs better at ensuring engine speed is within the powerband zone. With this, the vehicle can accelerate more quickly, climb hills, tow more efficiently, and reach higher speeds while keeping the best possible fuel economy. Today's automatic transmissions are more complicated than ever. The most common gearboxes have five or six speeds, while some have even more. With more gears, the mechanism becomes more complex. Transmission service is more important than ever given the number of moving parts in an automotive transmission.

Service recommendations near De Soto KS:

Some common problems can be avoided by having your fluids changed regularly and having your transmission inspected at recommended intervals by a certified ASE mechanic. It is important to follow the manufacturer's maintenance schedule when maintaining different makes and models of cars and trucks. Consult your owner's manual or ask a L&D Auto Specialists mechanic for this information.

Schedules for fluid change:

Typically, transmission fluid needs to be changed every 2 years or 24,000 miles. If your fluid becomes contaminated, discolored, or low, you may need to drain and replace it more often. A contaminated transmission fluid can make shifting and slipping difficult, and cause the transmission to overheat.

Keep in mind that the fluid's life shortens at very high temperatures (greater than 175 degrees Fahrenheit). The transmission can experience higher internal temperatures when subjected to harsh driving conditions such as rough terrain, hauling heavy cargo, or driving in inclement weather, all which causes the fluid to deteriorate more rapidly. Fluid checks and possible replacements should be carried out more frequently under such conditions. Feel free to reach out to one of our ASE certified transmission mechanics if you have questions about the appropriate service schedule for your particular vehicle and driving habits. We are always happy to help.

Proper Fluid Level

Regular fluid level checks are recommended between regular service intervals on transmissions. A leak may be detected by low fluid level. Early detection can lead to the repair of leaks before they become dangerously low and cause major damage.

In addition, you should avoid overfilling. Most of the time, an overfilled fluid will not cause damage. A lot of excessive fluid is pushed through the vents thereby causing a messy (and smelly) situation. Fluid may enter the clutches in extreme cases of over filling, however, and cause malfunctioning. Hydraulic gears are designed to function above the fluid level. As the fluid splashes around, too much air bubbles are created, creating excessive pressure in the gearbox. Seals and components can break under this pressure. Additional heat and friction can also be caused by internal components being forced out of alignment, leading to their grinding against one another. Fluid longevity is decreased at high temperatures, which means that moving parts are not adequately lubricated and protected. In extreme cases, a lack of oil and overheating can lead to transmission failure.

Making sure regular maintenance happens, detecting minor problems before they become large issues, and finding them before they become costly problems can save you time and money. If you notice any warning signs, such as transmission fluid leaking in the driveway, bring your car to L&D Auto Specialists transmission repair shop for a FREE inspection as soon as possible.

Get your transmission serviced today at L&D Auto Specialists near De Soto KS and prolong the lifetime of your car

We stand behind our workmanship with the most comprehensive warranty in the automotive industry. This type of repair can be a very big expense, and we understand it to be a major decision. Since we have long-standing relationships with parts suppliers, we can quickly get the correct components at a reasonable price. All parts we use are high quality and guaranteed to withstand the test of time; you can rely on us for a lasting, durable investment.

The goal of our company is to create lasting relationships with our customers. By offering the best possible customer service and integrity, we aim to earn the trust of you and your family. We are happy to provide our service customers with a full explanation of the needed repairs, so they do not have to be experts to comprehend. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We will help you make the best decision regarding your vehicle's transmission repair or replacement. Any decisions regarding your vehicle are always discussed with you before beginning repairs.

Vehicles serviced

Because of our strong partnerships with local parts suppliers, we can deliver top-quality parts for any make or model very fast. In many cases, we can complete auto and body repairs the same day! All of our technicians/mechanics are experienced on both domestic and imported vehicles, including:

Foreign cars:

Import european cars:

  • BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Fiat, VolksWagen (VW), Volvo, Mini Cooper, Saab, SmartCar, Porsche, Masterati, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Range Rover, Lotus

Japanese and asian cars:

  • Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda, Hyundai, Suzuki, Subaru, and Kia.

Domestic cars:

  • Ford: Lincoln, Mercury, Continental.
  • General Motors: Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, Hummer.
  • Chrysler: Jeep, Dodge, Plymouth, and Ram Trucks.

About De Soto KS

De Soto KS

De Soto is a city in Johnson and Leavenworth counties in the U.S. state of Kansas, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,720, and in 2018 the estimated population was 6,443.

De Soto was incorporated as a city on October 1, 1897.

The city of De Soto was platted in the spring of 1857, named for sixteenth-century Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.

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