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December 15th, 2014

The freezing weather is starting, so get your car ready for winter

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Getting your car ready for winter means taking some specific steps here in the Pacific Northwest. If you are not familiar with these steps, be sure to set up an appointment at Larry’s Transmission to get your car ready for winter.

How important is it to get my car ready for winter?

Failure to plan ahead for the cold months can cause failure to several systems in your vehicle. The major issue is overnight planning, since leaving a car out in the cold can make it a lot harder to start the next time you drive.

Freezing temperatures also make road conditions much less safe than usual. Visibility, traction and exhaust systems may not perform in a safe way without preparation.

When is it too late to get my car ready for winter?

The sooner you take steps to deal with the cold, the better. There is no exact cut off date for when you should have your car prepared, but if your vehicle is not ready by January, you open yourself to a lot more risk on the road.

What sort of steps should I take to get my car ready for winter?

Antifreeze in the radiator is essential.

As most Pacific Northwest drivers know, a mix of water and antifreeze is just part of life when you drive in winter. The old standby of 50/50 water and antifreeze is not always accurate these days. Check this guide when choosing the right antifreeze for your vehicle.

Get a tune up, especially to check the battery.

Electrical systems can freeze if they are in bad shape once the frost settles in. It is smart to have your battery and electrical systems checked out as winter arrives, and it is also a good time to check the brakes, transmission and power steering.

Always check that your exhaust pipe is clear.

Any time it snows, be sure that exhaust can still blow out of the muffler. There are only a few snow days in the Portland area, but failure to clear the pipe can cause major problems with your exhaust system.

Keep snow chains or tires on hand.

Studded tires should only be put on if you really need them, since they are expensive and usually cost money to get put on or taken off at a professional garage. However, any time you plan to drive over the mountains or anywhere else with guaranteed ice and snow, special tires or chains could save you from a nasty wreck.

August 29th, 2014

Transmission services as a part of routine maintenance is a great way to avoid costly transmission replacement

Transmission services and repairs mean savings

Transmission services and upgrades are helpful for any vehicle. If you do not give your transmission some regular attention, there is a good chance it will break down in full over time.

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March 20th, 2014

A look at why professional clutch replacement is smart

Replace the clutch on your own, and you may end up with a problem. As with just about every other type of auto service, an expert can make a huge difference.

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February 25th, 2014

How transmission maintenance can save you money

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Transmission maintenance can get forgotten by some drivers. However, it is a good idea to make sure you go in for a routine transmission inspection.

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January 31st, 2014

Engine belt service and maintenance matters!


Engine belt service is a routine part of a complete car care package. Just like the oil, brakes and other components in your car, engine belts will wear down over time and must be repaired or replaced from time to time.

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December 31st, 2013

Winterized vehicles mean savings and safety


Winterized vehicles can make a big difference in your winter expenses. The costs of gifts, travel and increased energy use mean most drivers want to avoid major costs to stay on the road.

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November 30th, 2013

Engine fluids must be taken care of as winter arrives


Engine fluids are required to keep your car in motion. If your fluids are not taken care of, your car will struggle in cold weather.

Larry’s Transmission provides Portland with expert engine fluids safety services. Here are some things to remember as December comes on strong!

What exactly are engine fluids, and why do they matter?

Oil and gasoline
The most well-known engine fluids affect just about every function of your car. Gas gets less expensive in winter, so try to always have at least half a tank. Better to spend an extra $10 or $20 at the pump than to get stranded in the cold with no gas.

Getting winter-rated oil is very important in the Pacific Northwest.¬†Ask your auto technician about oil rated for winter use (any oil with “W” after the number).

The name of this very useful product says it all. You can prevent freezing by adding it to your radiator as the temperatures drop.

Transmission fluid
If you are due for a transmission fluid or filter exchange any time in the coming months, do not delay. It should be changed every 30,000 miles or so, and fresh fluid means higher performance all winter long.

Brake fluid
Freezing brakes are no good. Make sure to get your brakes checked as winter arrives, and ask about having them bled and new fluid deposited into your engine before taking a long trip out of state for the holidays.

Power steering fluid
This does not need to be changed often, but after the first 60,000 miles on a car, the original fluid is not safe. Get it checked and changed if needed now, rather than in the middle of a chilly January.

How much will it cost to prepare my engine fluids for winter?

This depends on how much maintenance you require. Oil and antifreeze should be part of your regular auto maintenance checklist each November or December, and both are easily managed for under $100.

New fluids for each engine component will be spendier, but very worth the costs if you have not had any fluid work done in several months.

October 30th, 2013

Semi-automatic transmissions aren’t for everyone, but they might be the right choice for you


Semi-automatic transmissions are a fascinating recent trend in automotive technology. While many drivers have heard about or even ridden in cars with this type of transmission, they may not know about the systems themselves.

Larry’s Transmission is here to answer questions about semi-automatic transmissions Portland drivers might have.

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September 30th, 2013

Money is saved and accidents are avoided when drivers follow transmission safety tips from the pros!

The control and excitement of driving a manual transmission is why stick shifts are so popular. However, there are added maintenance and repair issues, and this puts the responsibility on drivers to preserve their transmission and avoid catastrophic transmission failure when they are on the road.

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September 1st, 2013

Make sure you prepare your vehicle for your next hunt

Hunting and fishing are two Pacific Northwest pastimes with a rich history. We like to get outdoors around here, to face the elements and enjoy nature to the fullest.

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