Hartzel Auto Marine

96 Ormond Street South
Thorold, Ontario L2V 4V6

(905) 684-0050

Smooth Shifting in Thorold Ontario: Transmission Service

Posted on December 31,15 by napademo



So you have some exciting plans for the Ontario weekend. You’re going to take some of your Thorold, Ontario 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 essential than the cleanliness of the interior: you want to make sure that your SUV maintenance is up to date.

Think about it – heavy expressway traffic on the way out of Thorold. There’s hilly terrain as you get to the lake. Some dirt roads – and it's going to be pretty hot in Thorold this weekend. And all the time you’ll be towing around several thousand extra pounds. 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 Ontario lake for you is really severe duty for your transmission.

It’s vital 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 vital for Thorold car owners to have it serviced by automotive professionals like the team at Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold 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. Thorold auto owners who neglect regularly scheduled transmission service risk the passages clogging up and starting to have problems.

Thorold auto owners who neglect their transmission for too long will eventually experience costly transmission failure. You really don’t want to pay for a major transmission repair.

This reminds us of how much of our driving around Thorold, Ontario 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, driving in very hot or very cold Ontario weather. Dusty roads and city driving around Thorold, Ontario add to the strain. Basically, any driving that’s not at highway speeds or under ideal conditions.

While you have your vehicle in, ask for a trip inspection. Your service professional at Hartzel Automotive & Marine will check your belts and hoses and let you know if your brakes are in good shape.

Now, don’t forget the sunscreen.

A Cool and Smooth Transmission in Thorold

Posted on October 01,15 by napademo

When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us Thorold car owners remember to get our oil changed. But Hartzel Automotive & Marine services that occur at longer intervals — like transmission service — sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is an essential part of car care for Thorold car owners. A poorly maintained transmission will cut down MPG and lead to costly repairs.

The transmission transfers power from the engine to the drive wheels. When it’s clean and well - lubricated, it gives maximum fuel efficiency. But when it gets dirty or worn down, your fuel efficiency will suffer. Your transmission relies on transmission fluid to keep everything running well.

Transmission fluid has two jobs: to cool and lubricate the transmission. The transmission operates at high temperatures. It can get 100-150°F degrees hotter inside your transmission than inside your engine. Transmission fluid transfers some of the heat away from the transmission. Transmissions work hard. Their parts need constant lubrication to prevent excessive wear and keep them running smoothly for Thorold drivers.

The constant shifting and movement of gears inside the transmission cause bits of the gears and clutch material to wear off. These bits of detrimental grit get into the transmission fluid. This grit increases friction inside the transmission and causes even more wear – it’s like liquid sandpaper. Also, the high temperatures inside the transmission cause the transmission fluid to break down over time, making it a less effective lubricant. The fluid can actually become sludgy, which can gradually plug up the maze of passages inside the transmission. Gradually, the transmission loses efficiency and stops operating smoothly. Eventually, the transmission will be damaged or fail altogether.

This is why the transmission fluid must be changed periodically. Your owner’s manual will give you a recommended time schedule for this vital service. Or, you can meet with your knowledgeable Hartzel Automotive & Marine service advisor. Generally, the interval is around 35,000 miles (55,000 km) or every two years. But the interval for your pickup may be shorter or longer.

Of course, if you give your transmission a real workout, you’re going to have to change the fluid more often than the vehicle manufacturer recommends. If you drive in hot, dusty Ontario conditions, if you tow a trailer around Thorold, if you haul heavy loads or if you do a lot of stop-and-go Thorold driving, then you need to change transmission fluid more often. Also, if you demand frequent bursts of speed from your engine — especially shooting away from stops — your transmission is working harder and will need more frequent care. Check your owner’s manual for the “severe conditions” service interval.

Transmission fluids vary from vehicle to vehicle, so you’ll also need to check your owner’s manual to know what kind your pickup needs, or talk to your knowledgeable Hartzel Automotive & Marine service advisor.

At Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold, transmission fluid can usually be changed while you wait and is simple and not particularly costly. Compared to the cost of expensive transmission repairs or a new transmission, it’s downright cheap! So take some good auto advice from the team at Hartzel Automotive & Marine and take care of your transmission. It will pay you back in improved fuel economy and a longer, smoother ride.

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Hartzel Auto Marine

96 Ormond Street South

Thorold, Ontario L2V 4V6

Phone: (905) 684-0050

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We have FREE maintenance inspections.
Our shop offers FREE pick-up and delivery.
We also offer marine repair, maintenance, sales and parts for all boats and PWC.

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