Redline is especially well known for their transmission shop. Owner Ron McGraw, a classic car and hot rod enthusiast works with his team of certified experts customizing and creating high performance transmissions for classic cars and hot rods.
Redline is one of the most respected names for transmission repairs for classic cars and hot rods in the Fort Lauderdale area. From basic transmission services, to the more involved replacements and repairs, we’ve got your back.
Signs it is time for a visit
- Engine revs slightly before the transmission engages
- When shifting gears you feel a slip or jerk
- Fluids are discolored and dirty
- Gauges stay on or flash on
Call us anytime at (954) 946-6551. We’re here to answer your transmission questions for classic vehicles or any other type of vehicle.
How Often Should I Service My Transmission
The manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn’t call for fresh fluid until 100,000 miles or, with some Ford transmissions, even 150,000 miles. A lot of mechanics say that’s too long. It should be done at least every 50,000 miles. Manual transmissions may be on a different schedule, so it’s best to consult the maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual.
Like other vital automotive fluids, transmission fluid deteriorates over time. Hard use – such as frequent stop-and-go city driving, hauling heavy loads, trailer towing – will accelerate the deterioration. That kind of driving raises the operating temperature of the transmission, and heat puts more strain on the transmission and the fluid, which helps facilitate gear shifts, cools the transmission and lubricates moving parts.
|Transmission Service Chart||Transmission Repair Cost Chart|
|Basic Repairs||$1000. – $2000.|
|Replacement||$1800. – $3500.|
|Salvage Yard (Used)||$1000. – $1500.|
|Rebuilt||$1500. – $2500.|
|Remanufactured||$2500. – $3500.|
|Warranty Type||Warranty Length|
|Salvage Yard (Used)||90 Days To One Year|
|Rebuilt||One To Two Years|
|Remanufactured||Three Years or 100,000 Miles|
If you do a lot of driving under high-stress conditions, you should check the transmission level more often and have Redline Total Car Care check the condition of the fluid. Transmission fluid often is red but can come in other colors, and as it deteriorates it tends to turn darker. It may also acquire a burned odor that could indicate it needs to be changed or that the transmission is developing mechanical problems. Another indication it needs changing is dirt or debris in the fluid.
Many repair shops use flush systems that force out the old fluid and pump in new fluid. Though that sounds good, some manufacturers say you shouldn’t do that (Honda is one; there are others), so you need to know this before you agree to a flush. Some manufacturers, such as Honda, also call for their own type of transmission fluid and warn that using other types could cause damage. Moreover, some automatic transmissions have filters that should be cleaned or replaced when the fluid is changed. Redline Total Car Car always uses the correct fluid and procedures for your vehicle.
If you have never changed the transmission fluid in your vehicle and have more than 100,000 miles on the odometer, should you change it now? We have seen mixed opinions on this, with some mechanics suggesting you should just leave well alone if you aren’t having shifting problems. Adding fuel to this theory are stories about older transmissions failing shortly after they finally received fresh fluid. We have a hard time accepting that fresh fluid causes transmission failure, so our inclination would be to have it done if you’re planning on keeping the vehicle a few years or longer. However, fresh fluid is not a cure for gears slipping, rough shifting or other mechanical problems, so don’t expect a fluid change to be a magic elixir.