FAQ | Ventura, CA | Dave Wilkes Transmissions


Frequently Asked Questions – Ventura, CA Transmission Service

Q. I’ve been told having your transmission flushed will cause seals to leak. Is this true?

No. Flushing is simply adding new fluid while the engine is running to circulate out the old fluid. The circulation and pressure is the same as in normal operation. New fluid is not going to cause the seals to leak. The most common reason there are leaks after a service is because the fluid level was low before the service was done and the transmission wasn’t inspected for leaks. Some seals will leak until the fluid gets about a quart low and stop leaking. Then when the fluid level is full after a service it can leak again.

Q. I’ve been told having having your transmission flushed will loosen particles in the transmission and cause problems. Is this true?

Doing a “Pan Off Flush” the pan is removed and cleaned first. If there is excessive particles or material in the pan you are advised. Then the pan is cleaned and when the transmission is flushed all the fluid leaves the transmission while the pan is off. This is the best way to change the fluid in your transmission.

Q. How often should I service my transmission?

This will vary depending on the kind of use and driving you do. The most common answer is about every 30,000 miles. But if all the driving you do is short trips around town and very little freeway driving then the mileage should be less because there is more wear and tear per mile. Commercial vehicles that are used daily should be serviced once a year. An important part of maintaining your car is just having it checked so if it’s been more than a couple or three years, it’s a good idea to have it serviced to help you get the most life from your transmission.

Q. I’ve been having trouble with my transmission. I’ve been told “Just have the fluid changed first and see if that helps”

The most important first step is have a knowledgeable technician check the transmission. Having the fluid changed by a facility that doesn’t specialize in transmissions will likely just cost you money, you will then still have to take it somewhere else and it may be harder for the specialist to diagnose the problem after somebody else has worked on the vehicle.

Q. I see an oil leak, can it wait to get repaired?

A leak from your transmission requires immediate attention. The transmission fluid is vital to keep your transmission running cool and to keep the internal parts lubricated and running smoothly. If you see more than a “softball” size puddle under your car, call us first before driving it any further. Catching and fixing a leak on your transmission can save you a major repair.

Q. My car won’t move, do I need an overhaul?

If when you put the car in gear and nothing happens, it is certainly a sign that there is a problem with your transmission. Because many transmissions are controlled by computer electronics, it does not mean an overhaul or replacement transmission is the solution.

Q. Should I repair or replace the transmission?

Deciding on which would be better for you depends on what is wrong with the transmission you have. If your transmission can be repaired with a minor repair or overhaul it can be more cost effective than replacing your transmission. We help you make the best choice possible after we inspect your transmission.

Q. My dash has a warning light on, what does that mean?

There is a wide variety of warning lights from the different manufacturers of vehicles. Even if the car seems to be driving normally, a warning light is not to be ignored. Your on-board computer system is telling you there is a problem in the system. Taking action and getting the problem diagnosed and repaired early, can save you from a major repair.

Q. How long will it take to get a diagnosis?

For most problems, we can have an answer for you in just a couple of hours. Some computer and electrical related issues can take more time to pinpoint. To help you save time, we can schedule your visit and have you on your way quickly.