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First Gearboxes - Expert Gearbox and Auto Transmission Repairs East Auckland

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Phone 09 577 5555
56 Ben Lomond Crescent, Pakuranga

1. If your car is showing any signs of wear like slipping or refusing to engage or revving when in gear. Stop turn off your car and call us straight away. The quicker you do this the less damage will be caused. If you need to be towed we can arrange this in most instances. We’ll be able to quickly assess over the phone in most instances if you have a problem for free. DO NOT be tempted to risk driving around while the gearbox or transmission is in a potentially faulty state. Gearbox rebuilds can be expensive but if you call straight away you could save yourself a real head ache and possibly pay less to repair your vehicle.

2. Check your transmission fluid regularly. Your fluid should be checked roughly every 1,600 kilometres. Transmission fluid must be changed every 20,000km or every second year based on an average 10,000km per year.

3. Purchase the right transmission fluid for your vehicle. As a rule of thumb buy the more expensive transmission fluid - better to pay a little extra now than pay for costly repairs for the sake of a few dollars.

4. Don’t overfill your transmission. Follow your vehicles menu or consult First Gearboxes to be sure . Overfilling can damage your transmission.

5. Avoid excess heat in your transmission. This can be avoided in most cases by regular servicing of your transmission. Heat is the number one cause of transmission failure often caused by a lack of maintenance causing wear in gearbox and transmission parts.

6. Don’t tow in overdrive. There is usually a button on the side of most transmission shifters (the lever that puts the vehicle into drive park or reverse). Push this button to disengage the overdrive. A light on the dashboard will usually display indicating you are driving with Overdrive turned off. Driving in this way places less strain on your transmission especially when pulling heavy loads like a boat, caravan or trailer.

7. Install a transmission cooler.
Consider installing an additional transmission cooler. For a small investment a transmission radiator/oil cooler can reduce operating temperatures by as much as 50% potentially saving you thousands in transmission repairs. Ask us about your options. It's cheaper than you think.

8. Take the time to warm your vehicle up especially in areas where the temperature gets cold overnight.
 Most engine gearbox wear happens when an engine is cold and the car is forced to work before being properly lubricated. Protect your investment by allowing your vehicle to warm up for at least a minute before driving off.


Common faults

Unusual noises.

Are you hearing a clicking or a whining noise when driving?  This  can indicate you have a problem with the Torque Convertor in your Automatic Transmission. This fault needs to be inspected as quickly as possible. DO NOT be tempted to keep driving the vehicle in this state. This may minimise the damage and you may save potentially expensive repairs and a headache.

Shuddering and Vibrating

When driving your vehicle at 40-70km does the car feel like it’s shuddering or vibrating heavily? If so there is a strong possibility the Torque Convertor (a major component in your Automatic Transmission) in your Car, Van or SUV may be faulty.  It is important that you stop and call us straight away to minimise damage.  DO NOT be tempted to keep driving. This may minimise the damage and you may save potentially expensive repairs and a headache.


Transmission slipping

This is often caused by transmission fluid not being distributed or channelled through the Automatic Transmission correctly or you may have little or no fluid in your transmission.  Transmission Slipping symptoms are: You put your foot on the accelerator and  the engine revs more than you would expect for the speed you are going. Especially noticeable when starting off from traffic lights - there can seem to be no power for the car to move forward and it feels like the power from the engine is not being transmitted to the wheels to make the vehicle move forward properly.  Again, it is important that you stop and call us straight away to minimise damage.  DO NOT be tempted to keep driving the vehicle in this state.