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    Your Auto Transmission: Signs, Symptoms and Tips for Taking Care of Your Transmission

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Have you heard strange noises coming from your car recently? Regularly check your auto transmission for any signs and symptoms that could be related to Transmission problems.  A-1 Auto Tech in Mountain View can perform all of the tests, maintenance, and repairs you need to keep your transmission working properly. 


    Signs & Symptoms of Transmission Problems

    • Leaking fluid
    • Check engine light
    • Grinding feel from your Car
    • Shaking from your car
    • Strange noises such as humming, whining, clunking
    • Lack of response


    Tips for Taking care of Your Transmission

    Problems with your car’s transmission can lead to dangerous situations and necessary repairs. The best way to avoid damaging your transmission is by keeping it maintained and cared for at all times. Here are a few tips on how you can make sure your transmission stays in good shape:


    Check Transmission Fluid

    Transmission fluid levels should be checked regularly to ensure that the levels are not too low and that the fluid is in good condition. Letting your car run low on transmission fluid can cause the transmission to shift improperly — or not at all. Driving without enough transmission fluid can lead to transmission problems and repairs. Unfortunately, you may not hear any noises or have other clues that your transmission is low on fluid, until it's too late. Therefore, it's important to get it checked.

    • Manual: Most manufacturers recommend that manual transmission fluid be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Under heavy-duty use, some manufacturers suggest changing transmission fluid every 15,000 miles.
    • Automatic: Service intervals for an automatic transmission vary, it is best to seek a qualified mechanic when dealing with automatic transmission fluids as they are all different.

    Maintain Cooling System

    Make sure that your car’s cooling system is working properly. Overheating can cause serious damage to both your engine and transmission.

    Be Aware of How Your Car Drives

    If your car suddenly seems to have less power or begins to make strange noises, that could be a sign of transmission problems. Don’t continue driving a car with transmission problems, as this can cause even more damage.

    Don’t Overload Your Car

    Heavy loads make your vehicle work harder, which can lead to overheating. 

    When your car overheats, you reduce the operational life of your transmission.

    Change Gears Carefully

    Be careful not to skip gears or shift improperly when driving a car with a manual transmission. Also, be sure to switch gear ranges between drive and reverse only when the vehicle has come to a complete stop.


    The friendly and helpful experts at A-1 Auto Tech in Mountain View can perform all of the tests, maintenance, and repairs you need to keep your transmission working properly. Go to our website or call (650) 265-4085 today for more information about our products and services.

    Latest News from DMV regarding your California Registration Renewal

    Last updated 7 years ago

    DMV Renewal Letters are going out late but here is a blurb from their website DMV has resumed normal processing timeframes for July 1, 2011, and later registration renewals. Vehicle registrations due in July, August and September, can be renewed now using DMV's online renewal program without waiting for a billing notice from DMV. Billing notices are being mailed out as quickly as possible. NOTE: The late payment penalty amounts described on the notices do not apply. Vehicle owners are being provided a 30-day grace period for the remainder of the year. A special insert (see image below) in the billing notice provides more information about the grace period. Fee changes include: Vehicle License Fee rate decreased from 1.15% to 0.65%, and, A $12 increase in the registration fee (from $34 to $46). Customers are encouraged to utilize the renewal by mail or online Internet renewal program to renew their registration. These alternative service delivery options will automatically waive late fees for first 30 days after expiration date. New registration cards and stickers will be issued as quickly as possible. Law enforcement is aware and will not cite vehicles until the first day of the second month after the vehicle registration expires. For example: A vehicle with a registration expiration date of July 10th would not be cited for delinquent registration prior to September 1, 2011. Check outâ??srel/newsrel11/julyrenewals.htâ??m for further information.

    A Brief Guide to Your Car's Check Engine Light from A-1 Auto Tech

    Last updated 7 years ago

    We’ve all seen the check engine light come on at some point. A Check Engine Light could be as simple as a loose or bad gas cap or as complicated as an Emission, Fuel, Ignition, Engine or Transmission problem.  

    If your check engine light is on and your vehicle is running fine it will be okay to drive your vehicle to your next stop.  Please make sure to call a qualified mechanic and have this problem checked prior to taking a lengthy trip.  

    Note: If your check engine light is flashing this could mean a catastrophic error in the system and do not drive your vehicle, this could possibly cause severe engine damage.

    1. EVAP System

    Your fuel cap or EVAP system could be leaking, causing a malfunction. “The Evaporative Emission Control System (EVAP) is used to prevent gasoline vapors from escaping into the atmosphere from the fuel tank and fuel system. The EVAP system usually requires no maintenance, but faults can turn on the Check Engine light and prevent a vehicle from passing an OBD II plug-in emissions test.”

    2. Oxygen Sensor Malfunction

    There could be a problem with your vehicle’s oxygen sensor, causing it to send faulty signal’s to your car’s computer. If your oxygen sensor takes an incorrect reading of the amount of unburned oxygen in your exhaust, then your car will end up running less efficiently and decreasing your gas mileage. Your auto repair shop can diagnose and repair this problem quickly and easily.

    3. Broken Catalytic Converter

    The catalytic converter is an important part of your exhaust system. It converts harmful gases produced during combustion into the less harmful ones come out of your tailpipe. But a broken catalytic converter does not just mean worse emissions. It can create a blockage in your exhaust system that will decrease your power and fuel efficiency. Broken catalytic converters make for expensive auto repairs, but rarely break unless something else fails, such as a spark plug.

    4. Misfiring Spark Plugs

    Spark plugs are quite literally what make your car go. They are the ignition source for the combustion that powers your car. If your spark plugs misfire, then you will lose a lot of power, waste fuel, and possibly damage your catalytic converter. Replacing spark plugs is an easy fix that can save you a lot of money down the road.

    If your check engine light is on, stop by A-1 Auto Tech  in Mountain View for friendly and professional service. We provide repair services, maintenance, and parts for all of your automotive needs. Visit our website to see a list of our products and services or call (650) 265-4085 for more information.

    Road Trip Tips For Your Car This Summer!

    Last updated 7 years ago

    With beautiful summer weather, quiet kids in the back seat and plenty of snacks, road trips should be a breeze… right? As AAA and we all know, that’s not always the case. With about 10 million car break downs expected each summer, we should all ensure that come rain or shine, we’re as prepared as can be! 

    In this video from, you can learn how to prepare your vehicle for road trips.  Preparation is key: The top two  issues for car problems on the road are flat tires and dead batteries

    Tips to anticipate and prevent them:

    • GM recommends inspecting your tires once/month—look for lumps, bumps and punctures, check the pressure, and be sure tires have been rotated appropriately.
    •  Check your car battery voltage for total power.

    If you plan on taking a road trip this summer, stop by A-1 Auto Tech to make sure your car is in tip top shape! Call us today at (650) 265-4085.

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