Friday, March 16, 2018

At Advanced Transmission, we like to show our customers exactly what is wrong with their vehicle in pictures when we can. 
Or in this case, why we had to charge for extra labor. 
Check out what happened to this 2015 Chevy Equinox! 

The car would not come out of park so Marvin had to take the entire front apart...

He finally got to the shifter assembly to see what was wrong...

The screw on the top of the solenoid loosened causing the actuator rod to slip out of its placement! All of this work and time for one tiny screw! 

Thank goodness that it wasn't anything more serious! We tightened the heck out of the screw and put everything back together so our customer could get back on the road. 
These pictures really helped the customer understand the problem and she was really excited that it was not a major transmission repair!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

How To: Explain what your transmission is doing

Watch this short video on how to tell the repair shop what's going on with your vehicle, courtesy of Advanced Transmission in Spanish Fort, AL


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How To: Check your Automatic Transmission Fluid.

Watch this short Video on how to check your automatic transmission fluid, courtesy of Advanced Transmission.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How to extend the life of your vehicles transmission

Extending The Life of your vehicles Transmission by having an External Transmission Cooler installed
 A lot of things that can reduce the life of your car’s transmission, from poor driving habits to not having regular recommended services, but the leading cause of damage to automatic transmissions is heat.

                                        Increasing the Life of Your Transmission
     The transmission cooler is designed to help extract heat from the transmission: Transmission fluid runs through the cooler, releasing heat to the coolant in the radiator. That coolant, in turn, releases heat to the air passing over the fins. The cooled transmission fluid then returns to the transmission, to keep it running cool.
     For most normal driving, the factory cooler is adequate to help keep everything safe. But under extreme circumstances you may need more cooling capacity than the factory cooler can provide to help extend transmission life.
     Circumstances like what? One is towing, anything! If you have a camper, trailer, or boat, towing it will increase the heat in your transmission dramatically.

     Another is where you drive. On generally flat roads, the factory transmission cooler should be fine. But if you do a lot of driving on extreme grades, such as through the mountains, your transmission will be working overtime. And if you’re towing a trailer at the same time, that could be death for your transmission.

Use A Transmission Cooler To Reduce The Heat
     In those cases, your best bet is to have an auxiliary transmission cooler added to the system. An auxiliary cooler is like a little radiator that mounts in front of the regular radiator. Transmission fluid gets piped through the cooler to remove more heat than the factory cooler can, and it’ll keep your transmission running cooler in even the most difficult terrain. If you are already having an overhaul, here at Advanced Transmission, adding an external transmission will prevent re-contamination 


     Heat can be a killer for your transmission, but here at Advanced Transmission, Spanish Fort can help protect you from that heat, and keep you on the road for miles and miles.

Advanced Transmission services all of Baldwin County, including: Stapleton, Stockton and Bay Minette.   Call today (251) 626-6061 to schedule an appointment or visit our website

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Why should I only let a Transmission Specialist Service my Transmission?

Why should I only let a Transmission Specialist Service my Transmission?

Transmission Shop - vs - General Auto Repair?

All your local big box stores have signs telling you that they can service your transmission. Even offering specials on services.  So what’s the big deal? Why do I need a specialty transmission shop to service my car?

When it’s time to have your transmission serviced, you’ll always be better off taking your vehicle to a transmission specialist. Advanced Transmission has trained technicians that can spot clues that can head off potential problems.

That begs the question: Why? Why can’t a general repair shop handle a transmission service? After all, it’s just about draining out the old oil and replacing it with new, right?

In the simplest terms a transmission service is about changing the fluid. But that’s really only a small part of the process.

Servicing a Transmission the Right Way?

The key is knowing what to look for.  Is the old fluid really burnt or just a little worn out?  Is the material in the bottom of the sump an indicator of a problem or is it just from normal wear?  The more pressing question is; should you really be paying for a service… or is it too late for that? 

These are important questions and the life of your transmission depends on them.  These questions require technical experts, well beyond that of the average oil change worker.  It requires the eye of a true transmission expert.  So, when asking yourself whether to use a transmission specialist or general auto shop, consider whether they can offer you the knowledge and the experience to be sure your transmission is in good hands.                                                                                                                                                                      

Advanced Transmission employees certified technicians

Advanced Transmission services all of Baldwin County, including Bell Forest, Perdio and Silverhill.   Call today (251) 626-6061 to schedule an appointment or visit our website


Monday, November 7, 2016

Choose a Transmission Repair Shop with Confidence

 Choose a Transmission Repair Shop with Confidence

Fact:  Your vehicles transmission is very expensive. Some can easily cost over $2000. It’s important to know what to look for when choosing a specialty transmission shop.  Due to the fact that a lot of the general public has no idea about the inner workings of a transmission or what it takes to fix it. Here are a few things to do when searching for a transmission repair shop:


 Get Recommendations — Ask friends and family to recommend a shop where they were treated well and were happy with their work.

Text Box:   Professional Appearance — A clean, organized shop indicates a professional attitude, and that carries over into all phases of the business including quality.


Avoid Phone Estimates — It’s virtually impossible to give an accurate estimate over the phone. Only upon inspection could you start to formulate a price.  Shops that give you a price before they see the vehicle are guessing. 

Ask for a Detailed, Written Estimate — After checking your car thoroughly, the repair center should have a fairly good idea of what’s wrong with your car. They should be able to provide a written estimate that specifies what’s wrong, and what it’ll cost to repair it. Keep in mind that internal repairs like transmissions must be disassembled to accurately give an estimate.

Look for Memberships in Consumer Organizations & Certifications — Most reputable shops are members of an organization or association that provides consumer arbitration in the event of a dispute, such as the Better Business Bureau and ATRA.  At Advanced Transmission our employees are ATRA & ASE certified and are constantly being educated and trained on the latest updates on transmission repairs.


Advanced Transmission services all of Baldwin County, including Montrose, Barnwell and Marlow.   Call today (251) 626-6061 to schedule an appointment or visit our website