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Transmission Repair – Fluid Leak

Transmission Repair

A transmission leak is one of those minor repairs that should be done immediately. There are severe consequences for neglecting to set up immediate transmission repair for a leak.  Once you notice the leak, keep in mind that a smaller leak is easier to fix than a larger leak.  And the leak will continue to get larger if left alone.


There are many causes of transmission leaks.  A mechanic would need to determine if there is a gap somewhere in the transmission, a leak in the pan, a nick or crack in the fluid line due to road debris or heat, loose or broken seals, etc.

Signs, Symptoms

The most common sign of a transmission fluid leak is a red oil stain on the pavement where your vehicle was parked. If the transmission fluid gets too low you will notice bucking, slipping out of gear, or high RPMs without accelerating. There are multiple causes of a leak, from the oil pan to the torque converter, and it can be difficult to find out where exactly it’s coming from.

Inspection & Repair

If your vehicle exhibits these symptoms, repair the transmission immediately, do not drive any further. If left unattended a transmission leak can leave you stranded.

This is our specialty so give us a call and schedule your transmission check, maintenance, or repair!

Duramax Transmissions: 503.363.6888

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When do I need Clutch Service?

Clutch Maintenance

A clutch typically lasts anywhere from 30,000 to 150,000 miles before needing serviced, depending on the habits of the driver. There are are a few things that can cause a clutch to fail and we are going to go through some of the signs so that you can get your clutch maintenance as soon as is needed.

Sticky Clutch

A sticky clutch occurs when you need to press hard on the clutch pedal to get it to engage. This is caused by a failure in the hydraulic links, which causes a hydraulic leak that needs to be repaired.

Slipping Gears

If your vehicle slips out of gear for no apparent reason that is a sign of wear and usually requires a clutch replacement. It could also mean there’s an oil leak from the crankshaft.

Noisy Shifting or Jerking

You might hear strange noises when shifting gears, or the vehicle may jerk into gear with proper clutch use. This typically indicates oil or other contaminates on the gears or clutch. Failing to address this issue will cause wear on the clutch and cause more damage later on.

Burning Odor

A foul burning smell while driving can be caused by friction produced by a worn out clutch, resulting in overheating. This is typically caused by riding the clutch, the most common bad driving habit for manual transmissions. Have your vehicle seen to immediately.

Now you know how to pay attention to your clutch and what may contribute to the need for more regular clutch maintenance.

Here at Duramax, we pride ourselves in quality and timely service. If you have questions for us, please call (503) 363-6888 or contact us here.

Tire Maintenance = $ Saved

Buying new tires for your vehicle is an expense we’d all like to avoid as much as possible. Luckily, there are some simple tire maintenance tasks and driving habits you can practice to
extend the life of your tires.

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Check your tire pressure about once a month. Having the proper amount of pressure ensures against a blowout, reduces tread wear, and also prevents getting fewer miles to the gallon due to under-inflated tires. Check tire pressure in the morning while it’s still cool to get a more accurate reading. You can find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle on the driver’s side door jam. Never follow what’s written on the side of the tire, this is the maximum amount of pressure the tire can handle.

About every 5,000 miles or six months your tire maintenance should include rotating and balancing your tires to make sure they wear evenly. You can also check how often the automaker suggests rotation for your particular vehicle. Rotation is especially important for front or rear-wheel drive, when the front or back tires take the most toll. Balancing tires ensures that the heavy spots in each tire do not cause unnecessary wear and vibration. At the same time, you can also adjust the alignment of your suspension, which can cause the tires to rotate inward or outward and cause uneven wear on the tread.

And take a look at your tires. Notice if the tread is wearing low or if there are cracks in the sidewall. These can be indicators that it’s time to purchase new tires.

Driving Habits

How you drive can have a big effect on the longevity of your tires. The most important things to be aware of are starting and stopping. When starting, do not accelerSky blue Volkswagon Bug with beautiful tires and white wheels - great tire maintenance!ate too fast. The black marks on the road are caused by little bits of rubber coming off of your tire. When stopping, don’t brake to hard. This can also cause rubber to peel off of the tire. It is best to accelerate easily and brake steadily and not too fast when possible.

Tire Storage

Whether they’re mounted on your car or stacked in the garage, it’s important to store tires properly if you want them to last longer. Experts say the best place is out of the sun, away form ozone, and in a stable temperature environment. Ozone is caused by things like electric motors and furnaces, so be aware of what’s in your garage. If you’re removing the tires from your vehicle, place them in a plastic bag (airtight if possible) and stand them upright to prevent extra strain.  It’s also a good idea to clean your tires regularly and keep them dry.