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  • Smooth Shifting in MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Transmission Service

    Nov 29, 2017

    So you have some exciting plans for the weekend. You're going to take some of your friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, you've gotten the boat all ready. And you haven't forgotten about your tow vehicle. You've gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. However, there is something even more important than the cleanliness of the interior: you want to make sure that your vehicle maintenance is up to date.

    Think about it – heavy traffic on the way out of MINNEAPOLIS. There's hilly terrain as you get to the lake. Some dirt roads – and it's going to be pretty hot in MN this weekend. And all the time you'll be towing around a lot of extra weight. That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your engine, brakes and transmission.

    Let's just consider the transmission. It's going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be much higher than normal. A fun little blast to the local MN lake for you is really severe duty for your transmission.

    It's important to have enough transmission fluid. If it runs low, the transmission will run hotter and won't have the protection it needs to cope with the added stress of towing. Transmission fluid breaks down and gets dirty over time. Whether you have an automatic or manual transmission, it's important for MINNEAPOLIS drivers to have it serviced by automotive professionals like the team at Affordable Transmissions to make sure it runs efficiently.

    An automatic transmission contains a maze of passages through which the fluid must pass to keep it shifting smoothly. MINNEAPOLIS drivers who neglect regularly scheduled transmission service risk the passages clogging up and starting to have problems.

    Those who neglect their transmission for too long will eventually experience transmission failure. You really don't want to pay for a major transmission repair.

    This reminds us of how much of our driving around MINNEAPOLIS, MN, is under severe conditions. Towing or hauling a big load is obvious, but there are lots of other things that constitute severe driving conditions — things like short trips and driving in very hot or very cold MN weather. Dusty roads and city driving around MINNEAPOLIS add to the strain. Basically, any driving that's not at highway speeds or under ideal conditions can be considered severe conditions.

    While you have your vehicle in, ask for a trip inspection. Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Affordable Transmissions will check your belts and hoses and let you know if your brakes are in good shape.

    Now, don't forget the sunscreen.

     

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Affordable Transmissions

    May 14, 2017

    If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in MINNEAPOLIS. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a better understanding of why that is, let's talk bicycles.

    You've probably seen plenty of cyclists on MINNEAPOLIS roads. Perhaps you ride yourself. Then you know that a cyclist's cadence is the number of times per minute he or she pedals. The ideal pedal speed is the zone where they can most efficiently generate power over a sustained period of time. The experienced MN cyclist uses her gears to keep her pedal speed in the ideal zone whether she's climbing a hill, cruising on a flat stretch or killing a downhill.

    Think of it this way: if you have a 1-speed bike, you really have to pump hard to get up to speed. Your top speed is limited by how fast as you can pedal. And if you're climbing a steep MN hill – forget about it.

    Now let's add a couple of gears: one lower and another one higher. With the lower first gear, you can get up to your ideal pedal speed more quickly. When you shift to second, your pedal speed drops below ideal for a while as you work to get back to peak efficiency. Same thing happens when you shift to third, but now you can go much faster than you could with a 1-speed bike using the same effort. Add more gears and you can see that it's much easier to maintain ideal pedal speed. The result, quicker starts, better hill climbing, higher top speed and, most of all, a lot less fatigue for the MINNEAPOLIS rider.

    Like a cyclist on a bike, every vehicle engine has an ideal engine speed called its power band. When an engine is running in that zone, it can make power very efficiently. It's the vehicle transmission's job to keep the engine in the power band over a wide range of operating conditions. Today 5 or 6 speed automatic transmissions are pretty much the minimum, and 7 and 8 speeds are fairly common in MINNEAPOLIS.

    Obviously these sophisticated transmissions are very expensive. In fact, next to your vehicle engine, your transmission is the most expensive component in your vehicle, so it pays to take good care of it. Your manufacturer has a recommended service interval for changing your old, contaminated transmission fluid. Servicing your transmission on schedule at Affordable Transmissions keeps it operating at its best and can prevent costly damage. Ask your friendly and knowledgeable Affordable Transmissions advisor if it's time for transmission service. Come see why smart MINNEAPOLIS drivers trust their transmissions to Affordable Transmissions.

    Give us a call.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169