Summit Transmissions and Auto Care

La Mesa Auto Repair

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Yearly Archives: 2011

Is My Dipstick Missing?

Is My Dipstick Missing?

For several years now, some of the car manufactures have done away with installing a transmission dipstick or filler tube.If you own a late model Ford Explorer of Ranger, some BMW.s Cadillac Catera, or Isuzu Rodeo, the vehicle needs to be up on a lift, running to check the fluid level. Some Chrysler and Mercedes have the dip stick tube, but you have to purchase the dipstick as a separate tool. So, if you go to check the fluid level on your transmission and can’t find the dipstick, you’re not crazy. You may not have one. At Summit Transmissions and Auto Care, we have the knowledge and tools to check these transmissions out. Give us a call, and we can schedule an appointment to do a free transmission check

Free Code Scan vs Diagnosis with a Scan Tool

Free Code Scan vs Diagnosis with a Scan Tool

Many shops and even some auto parts stores will read codes for free if your “check engine light” is on. Sound great, but it’s important to understand that code retrivial is just the first step in finding the real problem. Not having all the information or jumping to conclusions based on codes could be costly. Here are two examples: Today I had a 2007 Toyota Tacoma come in. The customer had a friend scan for codes and it had a P2714, shift solenoid stuck on. When he came to a sudden stop, it would slip on take off. When he went around a turn it would slip. He cleared the code and it came back. At this point the customer was thinking he needed to replace the soleniods, have valve body work done, or maybe even a rebuilt transmission. None of the above. He was two quarts low on fluid. A simple transmission service took care of the problem. Another customer recently read the codes that indicated bad shift solenoids on his Chevy S10. After spending the money and his own t ... read more

What If The Auto Repair Industry Was Ran Like Medical Insurance Companies?

What If The Auto Repair Industry Was Ran Like Medical Insurance Companies?

Often, in the automotive repair industry, people feel that the time we take to diagnosis a problem should be free or at least waived if repairs are done. That the time we spend should be on us, the shop. Well how about we become like the medical insurance industry. Would that be OK with you? Think about it. Just like the medical insurance industry’s, we’ll send you a bill every month for $200 or more. You’ll pay that amount whether you need repairs or not. If however you have a problem with your transmission, you’ll of course need to pay a co-pay of $50.00 before we do anything. Then we will cover up to 80% of your bill. Oh, and we’ll need to do lot’s of test. Each test will require another co-pay, and you will need to pay it whether we find a problem or not. Sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? What, you don’t like that idea? Each month we try and educate you, the consumer, on how our industry works and how to keep from paying more th ... read more

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