Important Transmission Problems To Be Aware Of

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If you drive a car that has automatic transmission, you may have already thought about what would happen if the transmission ever failed. Here are some fairly common signs that you probably shouldn’t ignore, as these will dearly cost you in the future.

Slippage is a common transmission problem that people tend to overlook. If your transmission is slipping, it can feel like you’re driving in a certain gear and then it changes for no apparent reason. The noise from the engine may change in pitch or start to sound like whining. Your car may also seem like it is struggling, is underpowered, or isn’t accelerating like it should.

Another problem is having rough shifts. Your car may feel like its refusing to shift gears as it normally would do, or the gear shifts aren’t really that smooth. Sometimes you may hear a clunk when the car shifts gears.

While it is impossible to say exactly what your transmission will sound like when there is trouble with the transmission, there will be a definite reaction from you, which will be “I’ve sure never heard that sound before!”. Most likely though you will hear a humming, buzzing, or whining noise. Cars with manual transmission will emit a sound that can be described as a more slightly mechanical, louder, and abrupt sounding noise.

A leak is probably the most recognizable symptom. Letting transmission fluid leak is one of the most common causes of transmission breakdown. Without transmission fluid, the engine in your car will seize up and stop working completely.

Your transmission is supposed to run smoothly without any shaking, jerking, or grinding sounds. Manual transmissions commonly indicate problems by making a grinding noise or feeling when you shift into a gear. On the other hand, automatic transmissions act a little differently. Instead of making a grinding noise, you will feel it take some time to wiggle into gear at first instead of a smooth transition.

Another common problem to be aware of is a burning smell. Any burning smell coming from your car is indubitably a cause for concern. Overheating transmission fluid is one cause of such a burning smell. Transmission fluid helps keep the parts lubricated and cooled so that they don’t get worn out or damaged.

Be mindful of your transmission problems as soon as possible, as the longer you wait, the more you’ll pay. Call Denver Transmission today at 303-478-8131.

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Automatic and Automated Transmission

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These two terms, when it comes to transmissions, are often used interchangeably, which is false. Automatic transmission and automated manual transmissions are completely different types of equipment. The most critical difference is the automatic transmission uses a torque convertor rather than a typical two-plate manually activated clutch. Here are some key similarities and differences that any driver should be aware of.

One of the big differences between an automated and automatic transmission is that automatic transmissions use the same set of gears to produce all of the different gear ratios. A planetary gearset makes this function possible.

Rather than a traditional gearshift as in the case of a manual transmission, the ratios in a planetary gear rotate, driven through a set of clutches that make the planetary ratios change.

This then becomes a gear shift, but because the input shaft passes through a hydraulic torque converter, the engine does not have to decelerate during a gear change. The engine turns a turbine inside the torque convertor housing at the front of the transmission. The torque is then transmitted through the planetary gears to the output shaft, which drives the wheels.

The gear ratios are actually determined by the number of teeth on the gears inside the planetary gears, and which of those gears is actually in use. Automatics are also used in heavy trucks, which typically have five to six forward speeds, and one reverse speed.

Automated transmissions are a standard manual gearbox with electrical servos that automatically execute gear changes and manage the clutch. Beyond the electric control and actuation of the gear changes, the manual is not much different from its fully manual siblings.

The manual transmission engages and disengages different sets of gears on two countershafts linked to the output shaft to create various gear ratios.

The gear steps are more or less equally spaced to improve the predictability of a gear change for the driver. Multi speed manuals such as 13 and 18 speed models have a close gear step to permit better matching of engine to road speed. Generally, North American manuals have 8-18 gear ratios, plus a two or three range reverse gear.

If you have any questions regarding both automatic and automated transmissions, and simply just transmissions in general, call Grisham Transmission today. With over several years in the transmission industry, they have the required experience it takes to tackle any transmission or car problem. Contact them today at 615-226-2789.

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Transmission Repair Guide

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It really stinks when you have to repair a certain part of your vehicle when it breaks. Probably one of the most difficult to repair is the transmission, as there is no other part of the engine that is more complex. The transmission is responsible for shifting gears to quickly change the speed to torque ratio in order to deliver power to your wheels, allowing your car to move.

Finding the symptoms of your car problems can be tricky, but regularly changing your car’s transmission fluid or getting the transmission flushed will mitigate the damage or just get rid of any problems you are having all together. Some of the signs to look for are the transmission slipping in between gears while driving or popping back to neutral. There may be an unusual grinding or clunking nose, so be mindful of that. Your clutch may also be dragging, which means the clutch is staying engaged and causing grinding noises when trying to shift.

If your transmission does begin to fail in some shape or form, or just simply stops working, mechanics will usually recommend a replacement or some amount of repairs. Each type of repair has different procedures and costs associated with it. If problems are caught earlier than later, you will find that the minor repairs are much more budget friendly as they usually do not require complete removal or disassembling or replacement of hard parts.

There are several factors that play into how much your transmission repair could cost. The make or model of the vehicle is very important. If the transmission needs to be replaced or rebuilt, you can expect to pay several thousand for parts and for the skilled labor, while minor repairs and a fluid change can cost less than a couple of hundred dollars.

The extent of the damage also plays into how much the repair will cost. What type of conditions the car has been through can also affect the price, as newer cars that have been well maintained will cost less than those that have been through tougher times.

The driver’s location contributes greatly to the overall cost of the procedure. Areas that have a higher cost of living, higher demand of services, or lower availability of skilled technicians will charger even more for labor costs, which will increase the overall price. Call Grisham’s Transmission Center today for more information at 615-226-2789.

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Choosing the Right Hardwood

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Are you considering getting hardwood floor for your home? These floors are very beautiful and have a lot to offer. But before you pick up the phone and call for somebody to install, it’s probably better that you have a general understanding of how these magnificent surfaces are put together.

Generally when you think of hardwood floors, the average measurements are 3/4” thick planks that are 2 1/4” wide. There are several species of wood floors that most hardwood floor installers have to offer, such as red oak, white oak, cherry, white ash, pecan, hickory, or maple.  The three common types of floor styles are Solid, Engineered and Longstrip Plank.

While we tend to think that most solid wood floors are unfinished, be aware that there are various pre-finished 3/4” solid wood floors. Solid wood floors also tend to be more sensitive to moisture because during installation they are nailed down. Professionals often recommend not to install these below ground level for this reason.

Be aware that during the summer, wood will expand and the gaps will disappear because of the humidity increase. If you do run into this problem and your floor looks a bit disfigured, don’t worry. Hardwood professionals can refinish or recoat your floor and fix the problem completely.

If you choose to purchase an oak finish for your floor, be aware that you have a variety of choices when it comes to this species of wood. The four different choices are clear, select and better, #1 common and #2 common.

Clear is the most expensive type of finish, in which there are no blemishes or knots. Select and better is the next most expensive option, which has very few blemishes and small knots. The #1 and #2 Common have more knots and darker graining, but are significantly less expensive.

The next type of flooring is engineered wood floors, in which two, three, or five sheets of plies are laminated together to form one large plank. They are then stacked upon each other but in opposite directions. An advantage of having your floor boards designed in this manner is that during the humid seasons, the plies will counteract each other and prevent growing or shrinking of the boards. Most of these types of floors can be nailed down, glued down, or floated over different sub floors.

The last type of flooring is Longstrip plank floors. While very similar to engineered floors, they have softer wood materials and are designed for floating installation. When these types of floors are damaged, they are much easier to replace than the other two flooring options.

Now that you know all about the various flooring options, you are ready to call Grisby’s Carpet, Tile& Rug Gallery. With over 60 years of experience, they will expertly install any of the floor services mentioned above and many more. Call today at 918-627-6996.

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Know Your Car

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Cars are incredibly complex machines that have a seemingly infinite amount of moving parts that perform various functions. The more you know about your car, the more easily you’ll be able to self-repair and know what to look for when buying a new vehicle. Here are the different types of transmissions that commercial cars typically have and how they work.

The first kind of transmission is manual. Manual transmission has a movable gear selector and clutch. The driver has to manually select and engage each individual gear ratio. Without the clutch, both the engine and the vehicle would stop.  The clutch allows the engine to keep working when stopped at a traffic light or stop sign. The three different stages of manual transmission are fully depressed clutch, clutch slips, and fully released.

Automatic transmission is what is used mostly today and is significantly easier than using manual transmission.  There are several different stages of transmission that all complete a unique function. The first is Park (P), where the transmission becomes locked and therefore restricting the vehicle from all movement. Always remember to make sure that your vehicles is at a complete stop before putting your transmission into park, because doing it while moving can damage your transmission.

The next transmission function for automatic is Reverse (R), where the transmission is put into reverse gear, which makes the vehicle move backward when you push the pedal. Just like in park, always make sure to come to a complete stop before you start moving in reverse.

The Neutral (N) function disconnects the transmission from the wheel. You typically use neutral when you need to push the car, as leaving it in neutral will cause the car to just roll.

Drive (D) allows the car to move and accelerate through the range gears your car has to offer.

First (1) and Second gear (2) both serve similar functions. Putting your car in first gear means that your transmission is restricted and cannot go past first gear, and when switched to second gear your transmission cannot pass second gear. Switching to first and second gear can be helpful in situations such as towing when you need a lower gear for more power. Second gear can also be useful when spinning your tires in snowy weather.

A newer type of transmission that car companies are starting to put in their cars is Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT). This transmission gives the driver more power and better fuel economy.  Floor the accelerator of a CVT Transmission accelerates the vehicle continuously as opposed to a sudden burst of power with automatic transmissions.

If you have any questions about anything transmissions related, call Denver Transmissions at 303-478-8131. If you are having any problems with your transmission, their team of experienced mechanics will have your vehicle up and running in no time.

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Choosing the Right Security Camera For Your Home

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In this day and age, security cameras are becoming a more common household appliance. The affordability and effectiveness of security cameras make them very appealing to homeowners. The only problem may be selecting which camera to purchase. Here is a quick guide to finding the right security camera for you.

The first type of camera is called the Bullet. This is a CCTV camera that is placed on either a ceiling or a wall, and is usually used for indoors, but can also be placed outdoors if needed. The Bullet gets its name from its sleek, cylindrical shape. Many of these cameras are waterproof which is incredibly convenient if you do choose to use this camera outside. The bullet captures images usually from a fixed area, and is mounted pointing at said area.

Next up is the Dome. These cameras get their name from the dome shaped stands that they are mounted upon. This type of camera is typically designed for retail, as it is unobtrusive, but distinctly visible. These cameras serve a dual purpose, as they let potential criminals know that they are being monitored and it also lets normal citizens know that the facility is properly protected.

The trickiest cameras to point out are the discreet ones. They are usually mistaken for appliances such as clocks, or even smoke detectors. These can be used in a variety of places based on the motives of the purchaser.

Some of the coolest cameras are the infrared and Night vision cameras. These can view images in pitch black using IR LEDs. These are typically used for outside schools and businesses and also some mobile applications.

There are outdoor, day, and night cameras as well. The outdoor camera is structurally sound and can withstand bad weather, and day or night cameras are typically used in places such as parking lots. These usually have a wide dynamic range to function in things such as glare, sunlight, and reflections.

Varifocal cameras have a particular lenses that allow the person operating the camera to zoom in and out while still maintaining a certain focus on the image. These are typically more expensive but are very useful in certain situations such as crime solving.

Network and Internet Cameras transfer images over the Internet, and usually compress bandwidth. These are usually easier to install than normal analog cameras because they do not need a cable run or even a power boost to send images over a long distance.

If you are still having a problem deciding what kind of camera to install, call First Class Security. With experts always on call, they will have a definitive answer for you. Call today at 615-656-3300

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How To Identify Your Brake Problem

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Having a properly functioning car is absolutely critical in this day and age. Getting yourself from place to place on time without problems allows for a flexible lifestyle with various activities. If your car is having problems, especially brake problems, you won’t be getting anywhere until you fix them. Here are some of the ways in which you can diagnose your brake problems and take the right steps to fixing them.

As mentioned above, the first step of properly fixing your brakes is determining what exactly your problem is.  Turn off your car engine and slowly let off the brakes. If they feel like they are mushy or soft, you might be low on brake fluid.

If you’re driving at low speeds, try braking if it is safe. If you hear a squealing noise, your brake pads might be the issue. Consider replacing or even just cleaning them. In a safe area such as an empty parking lot, try sharply pressing on the brakes. If your car fails to brake properly, you may have worn pads, or need to decontaminate you brake fluid and pads.

If you’re finding that when you break your car is being pulled to one side, you might need to adjust the brake’s clearance. Not only may the problem just be the clearance, but also you could potentially have to replace the pads and rotors, or have insufficient hydraulic pressure in part of the brake system.

While driving slowly, pay attention to if the brakes drag behind or bind, because this might be a situation in which grease may be present on the pads or rotors. If your brakes are making a grinding noise, be sure to check the lining and surface of the brake, as there may be some potentially severe damage to both parts. Look for a seized or even partially seized brake, because this can cause premature and uneven brake wear, significantly shortening the life of your brakes.

If the pedal feels firm but lacks the proper amount of stopping power to slam on the brakes, check the operation of the brake booster and also the check valve. If there are any parts that are damaged or destroyed, be sure to replace them.  Look for any hydraulic parts that are contaminated or damaged, and clean and potentially replace them as well.

If you find that your brakes are producing a burning odor, check for rust in places such as the brake caliper or the caliper piston. If there is no problem with rusting, be sure to take a look at the parking brake. If damaged in any way, consider investing in a repair job.

When looking for a repair job for your brakes, nobody does it better than Grisham’s Transmission. Located in Nashville, Grisham’s has experts with years of experience ready to fix not only brake problems, but also axels, clutches, auto, standard, flywheels, starters, and much more. Call today at 615-226-2789.

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