From manual to automatic transmission repair, Smith Brothers Transmissions in Topeka, KS 66609 knows how to fix the problem. Our knowledgeable auto experts will diagnose the situation and help you make a decision. Leave the dirty work to us!
Our competitively priced transmission services include:
Automatic Transmissions shift between gears automatically to optimize driving, and changes gears based on the driver's throttle pedal, vehicle speed, engine speed, and vehicle load. Typical automatic transmissions have 4-5 forward gear ratios, a Reverse, Park, and Neutral gear. Shifting gears occur automatically once the car is in Drive and there is no need for a clutch pedal or gear shift like there is in a Manual Transmission. Automatic transmission repair is complicated based on all the components that make it up, and you need to have any automatic transmission issues properly assessed by auto mechanics. Call 785-357-7770 to talk to the mechanics of Smith Brothers Transmissions about your transmission problems.
There are clutches in both automatic and manual transmission cars, and different types of clutches. When shifting gears, the clutch engages and disengages from the flywheel and transfers the torque through the transmission. Clutches should help your vehicle start and shift gears smoothly. The clutch in your car receives a lot of wear and can eventually wear out. If your clutch begins slipping irregularly or is making noises that are raising suspicion, contact Smith Brothers Transmissions to see if clutch replacement is necessary.
Four-Wheel Drive Transmission
A four-wheel (4x4) drive vehicle has differential gears, both front and rear axles, and a transfer case attached to the transmission. Four-wheel drive vehicles demand maintenance on the transfer case, front differentials, rear differentials, and transmission fluids. Visit us on 4000 SW Topeka Blvd for service on your four-wheel drive transmission services.
Front-Wheel Drive Transmission
If your vehicle has Front-wheel drive, the engine drives the front wheels only. The power is routed through the transmission to the final drive where it is split and sent to the two front wheels through the drive axles. The engine, transmission, and additional hardware is all located in the front of the car. If you are in need, Smith Brothers Transmissions of Topeka, KS will gladly repair front-wheel drive transmission vehicles.
Driving a vehicle with a Manual Transmission requires using the clutch pedal and gear shift to manually shift gears based on the speed of the vehicle. Manual transmissions have been built with anywhere from two to eight gears. Front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive are the two main configurations for manual transmissions. Typically, manual transmissions require less maintenance then automatic transmissions. At Smith Brothers Transmissions, our auto mechanics can diagnose your vehicle and then recommend the transmission repair or transmission service you need to ensure safety and improve the lifetime of your vehicle.
In motor vehicles, the transmission usually refers to the gear box, which uses gears and gear trains to transmit speed and tourque from a rotating power source to another device. You can have your car's transmission replaced with a new, rebuilt, remanufactured, repaired or used transmission. For more information contact Smith Brothers Transmissions in Topeka, KS. Our experienced service technicians can help you make the best decision for your vehicle and your wallet.
Service, Diagnose and Repair
Transmission repair is not something to take lightly. The transmission is connected to key parts of your vehicle and needs to be working properly for your safety. Transmission services include replacing filters and draining fluids to prevent transmission damage. Typical transmission issues that may lead to repair may include shifting issues, slipping, stalling, fluid leaking, and the service light turning on. If you are concerned that you may need transmission repair, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment at Smith Brothers Transmissions today.
A transfer case is a part of a four wheel drive system found in four wheel drive and all wheel drive vehicles. The transfer case receives power from the transmission and sends it to both the front and rear axles. This can be done with a set of gears, but the majority of transfer cases manufactured today are chain driven. The transfer case is connected to the transmission and also to the front and rear axles by means of drive shafts.Trust the automotive experts at Smith Brothers Transmissions for all your transmission repairs.
Transmission Fluid Questions and Answers
Q: How often do you really need to change transmission fluid?A: It's important to change your transmission fluid, but the type of transmission you have affects your ideal changing interval. Most cars on the road today have an automatic transmission. If you drive a car with an automatic transmission you need to change your transmission fluid every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. If your car has a manual transmission, it's recommended that you get the transmission fluid changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.
Q: What are signs that you need to change your transmission fluid?A: The most obvious sign that it is time to change your transmission fluid is a warning light on the dashboard. Other signs may include the car's engine revving when you accelerate or go around corners, difficulty shifting, a chattering noise when you start driving, a slight burning smell or a puddle under your car. Like always, if you are uncertain about a noise, leak or feeling, we encourage you to bring your vehicle to us here at Smith Brothers Transmissions in Topeka.
Q: Does a car run better after transmission fluid change?A: Yes. Changing your car's transmission fluid regularly is a great way to improve fuel efficiency. Your vehicle's transmission will run smoother after changing the fluid, which means your engine will perform better.
I have a 1985 Chevy pickup that my dad bought new. He passed away in 2001 and the truck sat for years and was poorly taken care of, but today it only has 75k miles on it and I've gradually been spending more and more money on repairs. It's never going to be a "nice" truck, but it's mine. I live in Lawrence and a few days ago I was taking a tiller to Kansas City for repairs. I got to DeSoto and my transmission started acting up. I took all the back roads I could for the next 25 miles with a maximum speed of 30mph downhill. Somehow I made it home. I wasn't going to spend another two thousand dollars on a transmission for a 31 year old vehicle. I told a friend about my situation and he told me to go to Smith Brothers and that they were honest and would shoot me straight. I cleaned out everything I had in the truck and arranged for a tow. I happen to work for a company that provides tows across the U.S. so I was able to get my tow for free - if I had to pay for the tow, I probably would have just called a salvage company and took whatever scrap fee I could get. Seriously, how much is an '85 pick-up worth that only goes 25 mph? I called Smith Brothers and I asked them to give me a high and ow dollar estimate without ever seeing my truck but listening to my story. The low was $200 and and I can't honestly remember the high dollar estimate for a rebuilt transmission. All I could think about was it might only cost me $200 for repairs. I laughed on the phone and told them I'm not very lucky but would have my truck delivered to their shop. Yesterday, I got a call from Smith Brothers that my truck had been repaired. I hadn't even given them the go ahead to do the repairs. To my utter amazement, the total was $195 plus tax. Smith Brothers could have totally taken me for any amount they wanted to charge me. When it comes to transmissions, how much do most of us know about transmissions? I'm a good mechanic and can remember replacing my standard transmission on my Camaro decades ago and swapping out a straight 6-cylinder engine for a new 327 so it's not like I'm totally ignorant when it comes to car repairs. I was told my governor had stripped - whatever that meant. I spent the next hour watching YouTube videos on governor repairs. I'm still shocked that when I picked up my truck today that I got so incredibly lucky. While I was at their location, I was amazed to find out that they actually overhaul many of the transmissions right there in their shop. I remember paying $2500 for a transmission for a 2002 Explorer, but this company simply shipped off the bad transmission and replaced it with one from another vehicle. I showed up during the lunch hour and the phone rang constantly. The lot was jam packed and the stalls where full. All I could think about was that they took the time to diagnose and fix my 85 pick-up for $200. As I was leaving, Kyle told me they were moving soon. I told Kyle it didn't matter where they moved to, I would find them! Thank you Kyle, Rick and Matt. I only got to meet Kyle personally but spoke with Matt and Rick on the phone. Please, keep doing what you are doing. I may never need transmission work again, but if I do I'm going to Smith Brothers. Thank you tons!!!Chris
It's been nearly a year since my transmission was worked on - my car runs better now then it did over a decade ago. Smith Brothers was suggested to me by two auto shops I use. It was also the lowest of three bids for my transmission work. Not only has the work been solid but they took additional steps to save me an extra few hundred once they found related transmission issues. I have, and will continue, to direct friends and family to this establishment.Herm S
Taylor Phelps , 03/10/2021
Our Buick Enclave all of a sudden would not start, we were able to get it started luckily, we dropped it off with them on a whim, they diagnosed the issue for us in a great amount of time, A++. Then the replacement of diagnosed part ( Starter ) was also done quick, we had minimal down time with our vehicle, this is also our primary family vehicle as we are a family of six and our other car is a small Ford Focus, lol. But overall great service and time, would recommend, and I have recommended. Oh! Let's not forget price. The cost of diagnostic and parts and labor, was definitely under expected price. I can usually do most maintenance on my vehicles, however electrical systems are the hardest to diagnose and I did think it was the starter, but didn't want to chase gremlins, and with proximity to the transmission and lack of equipment to lift vehicle, this would have been a headache for me, and was definitely worth the price. I won't give the price. You ask why? Well, you cannot compare, diagnostic time, work time, labor intensity all changes with each vehicle, which does include the same model and year. Our vehicle had no code, yours could, sometimes even with codes, the problem seen may not really be the problem, there could be ten things causing one thing to fail when it's actually fine. So, bottom line, if you have the time and money, sure, do it yourself. However if your like most people (like me) the benefit of time and accuracy definitely make the service here worth more than I paid. I may be returning for front suspension work, I could do it, but I'd rather spend my one day off with family. Also my history with vehicles is definitely not novice, I've worked on my father's drag car, I've done most maintenance on my own vehicles and have done oil, brakes, alternator, rebuilt carbs on older cars, replaced crankshaft bearings, harmonic balance. Rebuilt the top end of my 83 AMC eagle station wagon, bored my father's 82 power ram 50, replaced most of chassis on 67 cougar (frame has rust now -_-, ) so I'm no slump when it comes to mechanics, I just value family time!