Tech Tips
Wednesday, April 15th  
CTT Is Your Honda Transmission Specialist - Honda vehicles have long been one of the most reliable vehicles on the road. For many years, they had one of the best transmissions which were capable of going 350,000 miles before rebuilding.

In 2003 Honda came out with a 5sp automatic transmission and we started seeing problems with them as early as 80,000 miles. We were seeing more of the Accords and the Odysseys then the other models. The most common issue was the transmission slipping in 2nd and 3rd gear. It usually starts out to be intermittent then worsens to where it slips all the time. Many times this type of transmission problem can be a simple repair, such as a solenoid or sensor causing that is causing a shifting problem. Remember, when you notice shifting problems, it is important to have your transmission checked as soon as you can.
How to make your Honda transmission last longer - Most Honda transmissions are set up different than typical automatic transmissions. They are built similar to a standard transmission and most don’t have a pan to be able to replace the filter. The Honda transmission filter is internal on most units, and can’t be changed without disassembling the transmission. Therefore, we recommend servicing the transmission on a frequent and regular schedule.  Checking the condition of the transmission fluid is very important on Hondas. The fluid should be a pinkish color. If the fluid is a brownish color, it is ready to be changed. We also recommend using Honda transmission fluid. Changing the fluid on a regular basis can help prevent sticking solenoids or valves, and help prevent bearings from premature failure. When checking the transmission fluid on your Honda, check your owner’s manual for instructions because most Honda transmissions are checked with the engine off.  If you are unsure, we will be happy to check your transmission fluid level for free.  We have the latest in diagnostic equipment and  
Wednesday, April 1st 
technical support available to diagnose and repair your Honda transmission quickly and efficiently. Many times what seems to be a transmission problem, can be one of the many components that control when your transmission shifts. Have your transmission checked at the first sign of any shifting irregularities to avoid further damage.   Call today to set up an appointment or talk with one of our technicians  (209) 551-4050
Sunday, March 29th  
Avoid spraying cleaner directly onto the shifter area when cleaning your vehicle -The shifter has electrical and circuit boards inside that can be damaged by liquids. Spray your cleaner onto a rag and then wipe the area. We have seen where customers have spilled a drink onto the shifter and shorted out the circuit board which caused shifting problems.

With todays’ electronic transmissions, intermittent problems are very common and it can be difficult to reproduce the complaint when in the shop. The more information you can give us, the quicker we can duplicate the symptoms and diagnose the problem.  “Last year we had a vehicle that the customer advised us that she lost all power while driving at freeway speeds. She was not able to give us much information as she was panicked as she was in heavy traffic and had a hard time getting off the freeway. She had it towed in and we proceeded to drive it over a three day period with no issues. We had talked with the customer several times, on the third day she recalled that it had did something similar a few months previous and both times the vehicle had sat for a few days
when it is normally driven every day. This helped us as we were driving the vehicle every chance we had. We then let the vehicle sit for a day while monitoring the battery voltage, we noticed that the battery voltage was dropping and kept falling below 12 volts. This led us to the problem. The vehicle had actually lost the fly by wire gas pedal and would not respond to her pushing on the gas. It ended up not needing any transmission repairs and a new battery corrected the problem. This is just one of many vehicles we get on a regular basis where the information given to us has helped in getting to the root of the problem quicker.”

Here is a list of some of things to make note of that will help your technician advise you of what the problem is, and what to do next.

Especially if you are experiencing an intermittent problem, it is a good idea to keep good notes about the problems you are experiencing.

“The following questions will help us help you, when you are looking for a phone quote.

What does the fluid look like? “Is it pink, light brown or black?”

When was the transmission serviced last?

Has a check engine light been coming on? Any other indicator lights?

Are there any noises?

Does it make the noise just sitting there running or does it have to be moving?

“Is the noise a clicking, knocking, whining, or howling sound?”

Does the problem happen when cold or hot, after driving short distance or after driving more than 20 or 30 miles? (This information helps us to duplicate the problem.)

Have there been any recent repairs, or additions to the vehicle? (alarms, stereos etc.)

“Many components are linked together in the electrical system and can affect the transmission”

We hope this was helpful and help getting your vehicle back on the road as painless as possible.

Call (209) 551-4050 and speak to one of our transmission technicians for an estimate, advice or to make an appointment.
Transmission Overheating ProblemsCaring For Your Automatic Transmission In Summer Excess heat is a major cause of early transmission failure. During the summer when temperatures can reach 100+ degrees for day or weeks at a time, driving in congested traffic can be the death of your automatic transmission! With today’s electronic transmissions, excess heat is one of the major causes of transmission failure. 

Summertime Transmission Care Tips
First, make sure your transmission fluid is at the proper level and in good condition. In most cases, that means that it should be pink in color. If your transmission fluid is turning brown, you should bring it by the shop and have us take a look at it for you. The next thing you can do is to make sure your engine is running in the recommended temperature range. If you engine is running hot, it’s likely that your transmission will be running hot as well. So fix whatever problem you are having with your engine cooling system as soon as possible.
Sunday, March 15th  
Do A Visual Inspection -  Check your radiator and if your car is equipped with one, your external transmission cooler to see if the fins are clear of debris. Many auto parts stores carry a cleaner for radiators that helps to remove bugs and other debris without the need for high pressure water sprayers. Of course you could have your radiator professionally cleaned if you prefer.

Other Options For Dealing With Transmission Overheating - If your transmission is only showing signs of overheating when climbing hills or towing heavy loads, you may want to consider switching to a synthetic transmission fluid, as it will handle higher temperatures than standard transmission fluid.

How To Tell If Your Transmission Is Getting Hot  - Newer cars have temperature sensors on the transmission and either have a gauge or a warning light that will come on to tell you that your transmission is getting hot.

On older cars and trucks, there may not be a gauge or trouble light. In this case, you can check your transmission fluid to see if it is running hot. The transmission fluid may smell burnt and change to a brown color, indicating that excess temperatures have been reached.

A temperature gun is the best way to check for transmission overheating, as you can check the temperature going into and coming out of the radiator, and make sure the transmission fluid is cooling down as it goes through the radiator/cooler. It is always a good idea to check your fluid before going on a trip. If you are not sure how or have a transmission without a dipstick, stop by or give us a call (209) 551-4050.