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With our New Location in Puyallup, Meridian Transmission & Clutch is becoming popular throughout the Tacoma area for transmission maintenance and services. Improve the performance of your vehicle with transmission repair and replacement services from our qualified staff. Our family-owned and operated business is proud to feature a knowledgeable, dependable and honest transmission mechanic staff backed by more than 60 years of combined transmission replacement and repair experience.
WHY CHOOSE MERIDIAN TRANSMISSION?
With over 60 years of combined experience, our ASTG-certified transmission mechanics can assure you that your vehicle is in good hands.
We do FREE diagnostic checks. We offer FREE towing. Same day appointments are often available. So don't hesitate to call us for an estimate.
At Meridian Transmissions, we are equipped to repair automatic or manual transmissions on cars, trucks, boats, and RVs.
Each car gets a transmission fluid drain and replacement, filter replacement and flush - So, there are no hidden surprises on what you get.
How can I prevent the transmission from damaging?
Regularly check your parking space for leaks. Doesn't matter, is it the engine oil leak, power steering fluid or transmission fluid; if you discover any, get it fixed before it caused something serious. - Once in a while check the transmission fluid level and condition. Not all cars however have the automatic transmission dipstick, in some cars, for example, in late Volkswagen models, the transmission fluid can only be checked by the dealer. Consult with your owner's manual for details. If the transmission fluid level is too low, there is a leak somewhere that needs to be fixed. - Change the fluid as often as it said in your owner's manual or when it becomes too dark (rather brown than red) or dirty. Also, keep in mind that an automatic transmission can not be drained completely - there is always some transmission fluid left inside the transmission (the torque converter, in the valve body, etc.) which means you only can change about %60 of the fluid at once. This is one more reason to change it more often. - Use only the same type of the transmission fluid as specified in the owner's manual or on the dipstick. Some vehicles (e.g Dodge Caravan) are very sensitive to fluid type - Never shift to the Reverse or Parking until the car comes to a complete stop. - Never shift from the Parking mode when engine rpm is higher than normal idle. - Always hold a brakes down when shifting from Parking. - The automatic transmission can be damaged if towing with the drive wheels on the road. Always use a dolly or place powered wheels on the towing platform (if the vehicle is front wheel drive - tow it from the front leaving rear wheels on the road.
What can damage your automatic transmission?
Most of the transmission troubles start from overheating. Under heavy load, such as towing a heavy trailer, rocking the vehicle from the snow, having continuous stop and go traffic in hot weather, racing, etc. the transmission overheats. At higher temperatures the transmission fluid burns, losing its lubricating qualities and becomes oxidized leaving deposits all over inside the transmission. Exposed to the heat the rubber seals and gaskets inside the transmission become hardened causing leaks. The metal parts warp and lose their strength. All this, sooner or later, results in transmission failure. For example, a friend of mine burned the transmission when he was spinning the wheels too hard trying to free his shiny Audi from the snow on the next day after he bought it! However, overheating is not the only reason - sometimes transmission breaks down because of poor design, due to lack of maintenance or after being rebuilt by inexperienced technician. Few other reasons: harsh driving, too low or too high transmission fluid level or wrong transmission fluid type - a person I know added gear oil into the automatic transmission... guess, what happen? - the transmission died after 40 minutes of driving!
Is it time to get my transmission serviced?
If you experience any problems with your transmission such as leaks, noises, problems with shifting, etc. (Follow this link to learn more: How to check an automatic transmission) - don't wait until the problem will become worse and car will finally stop somewhere on a highway, visit your trusted local transmission shop. Automatic transmission problems never disappear by themselves. Also, when going for the repair, try to explain to service person more detailed - what exactly problem you experience, when it happens, what does it look like. It will be easier for them to repair the transmission. Before going to the transmission shop for the repair ask them about the warranty - the longer warranty they will give you, the better will be the repair.
How do I use Overdrive?
Generally speaking, overdrive (O/D) is the highest gear in the transmission. On most cars the automatic transmission has 3 speeds and Overdrive (forth speed). Overdrive allows the engine to have less rpm with higher speed in order to have better fuel efficiency. When you switch it on, you allow the transmission to shift into overdrive mode after the certain speed is reached (usually 30 - 40 mph depending on the load). When it's off, you limit transmission shifting by third speed. In normal driving condition the overdrive should be always on. You may need to switch it off when driving in mountainous area or towing a trailer. [The automatic transmission automatically shifts from OD to the 3-th gear when it feel more load. When it feels less load it shifts back to the O/D, but under certain conditions, e.g: driving uphill or towing a trailer, the transmission can not decide to stay in OD or to shift into 3-th speed and it starts to shift back and forth. That's the time you may switch it off and help the transmission to decide.] . You also may need to switch it off when you want to slowdown using the engine braking, for example, driving downhill. [For more details, check your owner's manual]
Can I repair it myself?
I'd recommend bringing you car to our shop - we have original parts, we know exactly what type of the fluid to use and our technicians are highly trained to service your car. Even if you go to the dealer, always ask to use original parts - sometimes, they give you generic parts which not the same quality as original.
our working process.... in 3 easy steps
After your FREE diagnostic check, we perform the following operations on all vehicles.
Remove Old Units
We carefully remove the transmission, check for faults that caused it to be damaged and check other vital engine and drivetrain-related parts for problems.
We try to salvage what's left to save you valuable money. We present you with options to restore it back to working condition or replace it with a new unit.
Install New Units
We carefully follow installation procedures, check levels, benchmark and align, restore and fire up the engine. You test it for satisfaction and it's good to go!
Puyallup, WA 98373