Summit Transmissions and Auto Care

La Mesa Auto Repair

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Getting your vehicle ready for the Holidays

Making sure your vehicle is ready for the Holidays.  Often we think of the holiday season as being from Thanksgiving to New Years, but the truth is your vehicle should be safe all year round, especially around any holiday season. Drivers seem to be more distracted during  the holidays and distractions multiply 10 fold  near the Christmas season due to the weather, especially rain or snow and the shorter days. That's why it's so important to take the time to either have your vehicle checked or take 30 minutes to do some basic checks. Here are some tips on checks you can do yourself.  Check all your lights. Ask a friend or family member to help and in the evening, have them turn the ignition key to the on position and work all the lights. Step on the brake, use the turn signals, check the emergency flasher and check the head and tail lights.  Also check your dash lights. Make notes of any lights that look dim or d ... read more

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

Is your vehicle worth fixing?

Is your vehicle worth fixing?

So you’ve taken your car or truck into the shop and after they’ve checked it out, the manager comes over to you with an estimate for repairs. You look at the bill, look at your car, and then look back at the bill. You turn to the manager and say” that’s more than the car’s worth”. “I’ll buy another car”. Not so fast. Yea, the bill is expensive, but maybe fixing your car or truck is the least expensive option. Let’s start by asking a few good questions. How old is your car or truck? How many miles on the odometer and what kind of miles? Highway, or stop and go? How is the body and paint? How are the tires? What kind of money have you spent on the vehicle recently? You’ll need to look at all these factors before you say “no way” to getting it fixed. Let’s say for example your vehicle that is less than 10 years old, you’ve maintain it pretty good and you just put tires and brakes on it. The interio ... read more

Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

We’ve all heard the expression “Penny wise and Pound Foolish’ I know that when financial times are rough and you’re confronted with a major car repair such as needing a transmission, it’s hard to think past “How much money can I afford right now?” However, stepping back and evaluating the options might be the most economical thing you can do and save you lots of money in the long run. Maybe even in the short run. I’ve worked with many customer who set a firm spending limit, rather that looking at the options for the best value. One customer wanted to install a used transmission from a junkyard, rather than having us do a complete rebuild, less solenoids. The savings would have been only $200.00 and she would have had only a 30 day warranty instead of a one year warranty with our rebuild. And, if there was a problem with the used transmissions, she then would’ve paid additional labor to install another one. One of my customer went t ... read more

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