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Transmission Service

If you’re an Arizona driver having even minor transmission problems, you can’t afford to ignore these issues. After all, they could snowball before you know it, leaving you with an overheating transmission. Whether you’ve just started noticing transmission issues in your car or your transmission is already overheating, you can count on the pros at Superior Tire Inc. to get this essential auto component back in shape.

Modern Transmissions: Powerful, But Complicated

Today’s transmissions are both better and more complex than ever before. They have shifted to using electronics and computers to provide better fuel economy, smoother shifting, and more reliability. They are so sophisticated that they have become fully integrated into the engine performance system. These advancements in technology have made properly diagnosing and servicing transmissions more important and complex than ever. 


Although times between maintenance of transmission fluids have been greatly extended, failure to follow a proper timeline can be a very costly mistake. Many vehicle issues today are caused by problems that are not easy to identify. Proper analysis of the entire powertrain system is necessary to make sure the proper component is isolated and repaired. 


Superior Tire Inc. has locations all over Arizona in places like Bullhead City, Fort Mohave, Golden Valley, and Kingman. We have the OEM-quality diagnostic tools and the properly trained, experienced mechanics to get the job done right. If you are having a problem with the way your car or light truck shifts or performs, let us get you back on the road quickly and affordably.

Why Is Your Transmission Overheating?

There are a few different things that can go wrong with your transmission, but overheating is the number one cause of transmission trouble. Though this situation usually means your transmission already has internal issues, an overheating problem is one of the easiest transmission problems to notice—and taking care of it as soon as possible is crucial.


Some reasons why your transmission might be overheating include severe driving habits and conditions like:



Even if your transmission appears to be doing okay right now, any one of these driving habits could cause problems for this component in the future. Instead of panicking, however, all you need to do is avoid severe driving conditions (when you can) and know the best shop to turn to if you start having issues.

Spot the Warning Signs of Transmission Problems

As you’ve just read, severe driving habits can lead to issues with your transmission. Of course, knowing how and when you drive isn’t the only way to diagnose transmission problems. In addition to that, keep an eye out for these warning signs:

Transmission Fluid Issues

Transmission overheating is closely linked to the temperature of your transmission fluid. Keeping that in mind, this fluid’s condition can significantly impact your transmission’s overall wellbeing. Having too little transmission fluid or fluid that’s old and dirty are two obvious problems. What you may not know is that having an excess amount of this fluid can be just as bad for your transmission.

An Overheating Engine

Having other overheating problems in your vehicle can increase the odds that the same thing will happen to your transmission. Your engine is a common contributor to this issue; when your engine overheats, your transmission has to work extra hard as a result. That excess workload can easily make the transmission overheat too.

Internal Damage

Finally, problems inside your transmission can easily contribute to overheating. Along with the issues we’ve already mentioned, a transmission fluid leak can cause your transmission fluid temperature to rise before you know it. But you can lower your transmission damage risk with a few simple steps, which we’ll talk about in a bit.

Here’s How to Choose an Arizona Transmission Shop

No matter where you are in Mohave County, you deserve an auto repair shop that can deliver the quality service your transmission needs. However, there’s not exactly a shortage of Arizona businesses offering these services. What you need to do is to narrow your options, which involves looking at a few key factors.


When it’s time to pick an Arizona transmission shop, look for shops that have:



As you might have already guessed, Mohave County’s best transmission shop is Superior Tire Inc. For these benefits and many others, you can’t go wrong when you bring your vehicle to one of our locations in the area!

Our Transmission Service Options

No matter what type of transmission service you need, the crew at Superior Tire Inc. can help. Let us know when you need a:



These aren’t the only types of transmission service we can offer, either. If your transmission needs attention for any reason, we’d be happy to give you a hand! On top of that, Superior Tire Inc. is a full-service auto shop, meaning we can take care of any other type of auto repair or tire service you could ever need.

Avoid Transmission Damage with These Tips

As you’d expect, nothing can replace professional transmission services when your transmission needs anything from repairs to a fluid flush. But in between repairs, there are a few simple ways you can extend your transmission’s lifespan on your own. 


While you’re driving in Mohave County (or anywhere else), be sure to:



These steps may seem basic, but when you combine them, they’ll have a powerful positive impact on your vehicle. Along with giving your transmission a new lease on life, you’ll reduce your likelihood of transmission leaks, make it easier to shift gears, and even cut down on your risk of pricey transmission repairs.


Transmission Shop FAQs

What are the signs of a blown transmission?

The first sign of a blown transmission is the wheels not responding when you step on the gas, even though the engine is revving. 


Here are the six top signs of a blown transmission:

How long should a transmission last?

There is no definitive answer to this question for all transmissions. In an ideal world, transmissions are built to last for the life of the car, but many do fail before that. Some last until well over 200,000 miles. Others need to be replaced much sooner, even at 10,000 miles or less. 


The number-one factor in keeping a car’s transmission in good working order is the owner’s commitment to preventative maintenance. Also, it’s important to know that the transmission is linked to many other systems, including the engine, the electronic systems, differentials, the chassis, and the cooling systems. Issues in any one of these areas may often lead to problems with the transmission, and the reverse can also be true. This means that the transmission in a well-maintained vehicle will probably last longer. 


Superior Tire’s transmission shop offers full-service maintenance with the following:


Proper maintenance of a vehicle is the best way to keep a transmission doing its job for as long as possible.

What are the most common transmission repair problems?

There are a number of problems that indicate a problem with a vehicle’s transmission. Several of them put the driver and any passengers in danger. 


Let’s look at some of the most common transmission problems drivers face:


Is a transmission flush or fluid change really necessary?

Yes, you should have the transmission fluid flushed. It is one of the most important fluids keeping your vehicle operating. However, how often you need to flush the system is a question with varying answers.


Many mechanics say that it should be done at least every 50,000 miles. Some car manufacturers don’t call for transmission fluid change or flush until 100,000 miles or even higher. Check your car owner’s manual for your specific make and model. 


A transmission flush replaces the old, dirty transmission fluid with new, clean fluid. A machine is used to get all the fluid out of the system and clean the internal parts of the transmission. Then, new fluid is put in. 


To be clear, this is different from a fluid change. A change doesn’t remove all the old fluid from the system, meaning some old and possibly contaminated fluid will be left behind.

How do I know if my transmission fluid is bad?

Degraded transmission fluid is the major cause of transmission failure.


Here’s how you know if the fluid is bad:



If you miss any of these red flags, the transmission can overheat and the entire system can fail. Check the fluid about every six months. Bring it to a Superior Tire transmission shop if you are not certain of the source of any problems with your car’s transmission.

How serious is a transmission fluid leak?

Even though you might be tempted to ignore that red (or blue or green) liquid on the ground under your car, don’t do it! The color indicates it is transmission fluid, and that is serious. Fluid in the transmission has no way out if all things are running normally. The puddle means there is a leak somewhere in the transmission, and that has to be fixed.


If you do ignore it, the transmission parts that rely on the fluid to lubricate them will begin to grind together. The next stage is overheating, and that is never good for a car, no matter where the heat is coming from. In the meantime, all the symptoms of a compromised transmission will begin to happen: Slipping gears, balky engagement of gears, strange noises, jerking during gear changes, and finally, no gear engagement at all. 


Leaking transmission fluid leads to transmission failure. The faster you get it fixed, the less you face one of the most expensive repairs in a car.


Is it better to rebuild or replace a transmission?

A transmission rebuild is a better option in many cases. Here are some other things to know as you make the decision to rebuild or replace the transmission in your car:



When rebuilding a transmission, the auto repair shop will remove the parts to disassemble and clean them first. Then, the torque converter and solenoids will be replaced, as well as any other parts that have failed. Once all this is done, the transmission will be reassembled and put back into your vehicle.


A rebuild will cost less than replacing the transmission. 



The only time this is a better option is if the transmission is too damaged even to consider a rebuild.


Set Up Your Appointment for Transmission Service Today

Even if you follow all these tips perfectly, your transmission may still encounter issues from time to time. That doesn’t have to be a cause for concern, however. Just schedule an appointment at your nearest Superior Tire Inc. location today!



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