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Transmission Repair is THE MOST COMPLICATED!

by KC Martin Transmissions on 02/11/13

We have no problem telling you that what we do here at KC Martin Transmissions is important for the folks of Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, etc. But, then again, who doesn't feel that their work is important? We DO handle general automotive at this shop, but of course the real expertise in Transmission repair work is why we have a location dedicated to handling this important component of your vehicle.

I found a nice, educational article that explains some of the basics of automatic transmissions, as an example (Read about Automatic Transmissions here--thank you to Carparts.com). This way, you don't have to take our word for it.  The article begins with a statement that, "The modern automatic transmission is by far, the most complicated mechanical component in today's automobile. Automatic transmissions contain mechanical systems, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, and computer controls, all working together in perfect harmony, which goes virtually unnoticed until there is a problem." Exactly!

[In need of Transmission Repair Bothell WA? Yes, we have customers who come from all over to use our transmission and auto services!]

We've written about this in articles before, but it just bears repeating.  The reason we can have a shop dedicated to ONE section of a car is due to the fact that it requires a specialist touch. It's so valuable for us to have technicians with over 30 years of experience taking transmissions apart, putting them back together, and feeling or hearing and then seeing every different kind of malfunction these parts can have.  As we said before, this is an art AND a science. 

If you were to continue to read that article, you could see all of the different "systems within systems" that make this one section, the automatic transmission, work smoothely. It's no wonder why we ask that you bring the vehicle by for an accurate diagnosis and estimate. SO many things can possibly be the culprit of a malfunctioning transmission. Many times, you can't be 100% sure what is going wrong until you can take the transmission apart (as many as 200 pieces) to pinpoint the issue.

There are a few general tips that COULD help you make sure to get the transmission looked at when something may be going wrong.  Like many medical issues, with transmissions "early detection" is important.  A section of this article gives some valuable tips for spotting problems before they get worse. Make sure to heed their advice, and thank you for taking the time to understand a bit more about how to care for this COMPLICATED part of your vehicle.

Watch for leaks or stains under the car

If there is a persistent red oil leak that you are sure is coming from your car, you should have your shop check to see if it is coming from your transmission or possibly from your power steering system (most power steering systems also use transmission fluid and leaks can appear on the ground in roughly the same areas as transmission leaks.) If all you see is a few drops on the ground, you may be able to postpone repairs as long as you check your fluid level often (but check with your technician to be sure.) If transmission fluid levels go down below minimum levels serious transmission damage can occur (the same advice goes for power steering leaks as well.)

Check fluid for color and odor

Most manufacturers require that you check transmission fluid levels when the vehicle is running and on level ground. Pull the transmission dipstick out and check the fluid for color and odor. Transmission fluid is a transparent red oil that looks something like cherry cough syrup. If the fluid is cloudy or muddy, or it has a burned odor, you should have it checked by your technician who will most likely advise you to have a transmission drain and refill or transmission tune-up.

Be sensitive to new noises, vibrations and shift behavior

A modern transmission should shift smoothly and quietly under light acceleration. Heavier acceleration should produce firmer shifts at higher speeds. If shift points are erratic or you hear noises when shifting, you should have it checked out immediately. Whining noises coming from the floorboard are also a cause for concern. If caught early, many problems can be resolved without costly transmission overhauls. Even if you feel that you can't afford repairs at this time, you should at least have it checked. The technician may be able to give you some hints on what to do and not do to prolong the transmission life until you can afford the repair.

Don't forget about your Brakes! Get your Brake check and replacement Here.

by KC Martin Transmissions on 01/23/13

At KC Martin Transmissions, of course we specialize in transmission repair, but we can take care of ANY automotive service, including your brakes. We can handle any brake repair or replacement. So, go ahead---Come in and get your brakes checked for FREE today!

Most people put off that "squealing" sound, heck, even our LOYAL customers wait and wait, and forget that we would be glad to take care of their brakes for them.  In fact, BOTH of our shops would love to be your permanent brake repair shop, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek.....everyone should know that we want to check and repair your car or truck's brake systems.

Whether it's simple pad replacement, which must be done every so often, and it can REALLY range. Some say that brake pads can last as long as 50,000 miles, but depending on usage and type of vehicle, they can last as little as 10,000 miles (pretty rare, but possible). Replacing the pads BEFORE they wear down is the key to making your system last without costly repairs. Over time, though, other brake repairs become necessary, we're always glad to walk you through the needs of your specific brake system.

No matter what your brake system needs, we are ready to handle it precisely and completely. If drums, discs, or rotors are worn or even damaged, we can take care of it for you. We can inspect and check on your brake fluid and your hydraulic system. K.C. Martin can handle any service offered by the national chains, and why not bring your vehicle to us, if you can have the rest of your vehicle serviced here as well.

If you hear squealing or screeching of any kind, or if it has been a year, or 20,000 miles since your last brake check, these are all VERY GOOD reasons to bring your car in and have us do a free check---no need to hesitate.  Lynnwood Brake Repair at it's finest...KC Martin wants your brakes fixed at either of our two locations!

Giving Back to our Lynnwood WA Community

by KC Martin Transmissions on 12/26/12

We were mentioning in our last post, about how thankful we are to be in business, and how thankful we are to be of service to people as a part of what we do at KC Martin every day. Of course, we do our best to convey that on a daily basis, and well, it's a business like any other, so some days are better than others. Generally, we have done well and have kept generations coming back again and again to our shops for auto repair and good, solid, and friendly service.

Another aspect of how we have shown our thankfulness and care for those around us is through involvement with the local Alderwood-Terrace Rotary. Honestly, I've put in a lot of time and effort with this group and I'm pretty darn proud of what we do and many of the things we've accomplished over the years. It's a relatively small group of business owners, but it's a group of individuals that are focused on making a difference. I had yet to share on this blog, any of the wonderful things we have taken on over the years, but I thought it might be about time to let folks know that some really good things have been happening in our community.

One such thing is this year's 'The Sharing Tree" project. It was the 25th year of collecting and distributing toys and clothing to those in need. We started doing it in 1988 in the toy department of Sears. What happens is that our club and our friends staff "The Sharing Tree" and collect new toys and clothing from the day after Thanksgiving, until the day before Christmas. We then distribute these gifts to those in the area who are eligible for food stamps or whose kids are eligible for subsidized school lunches.

It's a nice idea, right?  But how successful and impactful have we been? Well, here are the numbers from the first 24 years: On average, our collection is at around 2000 items, and at an estimated $10.00 per item, we've calculated that over $460,000 in toys and clothing have been collected and shared with people in our community, making the past 24 Holiday Seasons a whole lot brighter for many, many families. We're talking about having a HUGE impact. 

I'm writing about this now, not because I am making a ploy for YOUR involvement, because clearly, we are done with the effort for this year----and I'm sure it was a smashing success. Of course, we'd love to have you and yours come and support "The Sharing Tree" next year, but I really just wanted to express how serious I am, and KC Martin Automotive is, about being a contributor to the people and families around us.

I plan to share more about what we are up to, and trust me, there's much more to come. For now, I wanted to sing the praises of the Alderwood-Terrace Rotary Club, though the members don't have any problem remaining unsung heros, it's great news for this Holiday Season that there are Local business owners who really do care and are thankful for all that their community has given them. We hope you all had (and continue to have) a wonderful Holiday Season.

Our Transmission Shop has much to be thankful for!

by KC Martin Transmissions on 11/24/12

So, it's Thanksgiving Weekend and it's a time to reflect on everything you have. Your family, your friends, your health, and the work you do every day.  As a small business these days, you tend to feel thankful just to be able to remain in business.  In our case, we are thankful for our 65-plus years as a Lynnwood Auto Repair business!  As mechanics and transmission specialists (yes, even the owners are!), we're so glad to be doing the work we've devoted our lives to, for a company that has such a great reputation and that is trusted by THOUSANDS of customers every year.

Sure, it's a bit THANK-LESS sometimes, because folks aren't always happy spending money to repair car problems, but we are glad that we are in the position to help our customers every day. We've had many customers over the years offer heartfelt thanks, they remember our names when they come in, and many of our great customers, bring their car to us for EVERYTHING--from oil changes, to wheel alignment, to major malfunctions, to advice on kind of new car to get.  For our customers we are VERY thankful.  They keep us moving and without our auto repair and transmission repair customers, we'd have no business to call home.

At both our shops, we remain very thankful that we are part of a business that has grown with the Lynnwood and Edmonds WA communities, and we're are so happy to see customers come from many miles around to experience our service and to stay loyal to the kind of auto service we've demonstrated.  We're thankful to have state-of-the-art equipment, and good, experienced technicians that keep us up-to-date and on top of all new developments in the industry. 

Our hope is that we can continue to maintain our reputation as a car mechanic that you can confidently hand the keys over to.  That all of our current customers continue to bring their cars to us for anything they might need, and to allow us to keep their car running efficiently for years.  And, with that, we hope that folks who have never come to us before, will hear about the great work we do, and give us a shot! That's really all we ever ask.....give us the opportunity to show you what kind of service has kept our customers thankful to have found us too!

We're thankful to be here doing what we do, both at our transmission shop and at the original location.  Thank you to our longtime customers, and maybe the new customers out there will give us a chance to serve them soon---you might be Thankful that you tried us!

Toyota Service and Toyota Maintenance in Lynnwood WA

by KC Martin Transmissions on 11/11/12

Contrary to common belief, You don't have to take your Toyota to the dealership to maintain your warranty!

As you know, KC Martin Transmissions can service any make or model of vehicle, but when it comes to Toyota Service, we can perform up to the standards of any Toyota Specialist in Lynnwood WA. Many people think that if they own a Toyota under warranty that they need to take it back to the dealership for Toyota Maintenance in order to maintain that warranty. That is false. Lynnwood Toyota owners have been bringing their cars to us for 30K, 60K, or 90K servicing and maintenance for many years. We believe in regular maintenance and we can handle any Toyota Auto Repair!

Remember, KC Martin Transmissions does general auto repair as well, AND we have two shops in the area to serve you! With well over 60 years in business and many long term mechanic employees, we have become just as fast and efficient with Toyota Auto repairs as any Toyota specialist in Lynnwood WA. Even Lynnwood Japanese Auto repair places aren't going to outperform KC Martin on Toyota Auto Repair.

If you have any questions about our ability to service or repair your Toyota Car, just give us a call. We'll demonstrate just how prepared we are to care for your Toyota car. Lynnwood Toyota Auto Repair may be only one of the many brands we service, but we are committed to keeping you moving with just as much expertise as any other Lynnwood Transmission or Auto Shop. 

If you own many different types of vehicle, why rush around town to a bunch of different service departments? Take your Toyota in to KC Martin Auto Repair or KC Martin Transmissions the next time you need something fixed or a regular maintenance service, and we can be your "go to" mechanic for Toyota and any other Make of vehicle that you also own.

Does your Auto Differential need work?

by KC Martin Transmissions on 10/16/12

Auto differentials are very specialized repair, but our shop is (both of our shops, in fact are) very experienced in repairing and servicing your car's differential system. If you need help with your automobile differential, bring your vehicle by, so that we can take a look and give you an accurate estimate!

What is the differential?  Well, it's the differential that transmits the power to the wheels while allowing outside and inside drive wheels to rotate at different speeds (This is the one that earned the differential its name.) Differentials have gears in them that transfer the power from the drive train to your wheels -- which is why they're often referred to as "gear boxes". These gears are very strong, but they need to be properly protected so that they'll last.

On the non-driven wheels on your car -- the front wheels on a rear-wheel drive car, the back wheels on a front-wheel drive car -- no differential is needed. There is no connection between those wheels, so they spin independently. But the driven wheels are linked together so that a single engine and transmission can turn both wheels.

If your differential starts to fail, your car could experience some "skipping", due to the wheels moving at misaligned speeds while turning. If this ever happens to you and your car, it becomes quite clear that this is a system in your vehicle that is very necessary for a smooth ride.

If you have a front-wheel drive car, your differential is often called a "transaxle" and is located in the front. If you have rear-wheel drive, the differential is toward the back of the car. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you will have a differential in the front and the back -- and in the middle as well. The center differential adjusts for differences in speed between the front and rear wheels---pretty intricate stuff! There is plenty to diagnose and test when working on these.

Differential fluid lubricates and cools the gears. Over time, the fluid can get dirty from bits of the gears grinding off. The additives that keep the fluid clean and protect the differential break down over time, so your vehicle manufacturer has scheduled intervals for you to have your differential fluid changed.

If you are sensing any difficulty with your vehicle's handling, we can check it out for you. There are different types of differentials.  We can work on all of them at KC Martin Transmissions. If you even think that your differential might be an issue for your car, please bring it by ASAP. OR, if your manual suggests this type of service, schedule your appointement today!

Transmission Repair: An art and a science

by KC Martin Transmissions on 09/26/12

There are many areas of your automobile that allow you to get in and go in comfort. Your car is actually a set of interwoven systems that not only move the wheels and allow you to steer, but to turn without issue, keep the ride smooth, keep the engine cool, allow electrical systems to run, and so on. The transmission system is possibly the most complicated and potentially problematic system in your entire vehicle, and we'd like you to know that it is something for only the experienced folks to handle for you.

Many areas or systems of your car or truck are commonly talked about as "Do-it-yourself" areas of repair or maintenance. It’s understandable that folks think that some of the simpler systems can be handled at home, so as to save some money and not "trouble" your local mechanic. The truth is that, unless you have worked as a mechanic, your really may not be saving any money. The risk that you would do the wrong thing or not use a proper technique, should be enough reason to just develop the habit of bringing your car to a full-time professional. And, as we always say, every little hiccup with your car just gives us another chance to make sure nothing serious is occurring and all of the other systems are running optimally.

But we realize that people, and even some of our regular customers, are going to change their own oil, their own brakes (yikes!), diagnose weird noises, fill fluids, and other seemingly simple tasks, even some repairs, if they think they can manage it. We MUST urge you though, to avoid doing almost ANYTHING with your car's transmission unless you are an experienced transmission specialist.

The transmission is a unit that takes on the ENORMOUS task of regulating the gears and motion of your car. It is a mechanical system, but it is in NO WAY simple. There are a larger variety of problems that can happen within this one unit, than can happen with any other area of your car. On top of that, it is an enclosed unit and the problems occur inside of it. What is occurring in your transmission is very scientific and factual. The way to find out what is going on though, and how to fix it in the most time-efficient manner, is very difficult and requires a certain "feel" for what is going on with the transmission. This is what we'd call the "art of transmission repair", and cannot be stressed enough. This the reason why there are entire shops dedicated to this one car system!

If your mechanic doesn't have the years and years of experience it takes to have the "feel" for what's going on, along with the ability to open it up and come up with an effective solution, then you need to look elsewhere. We have that experience. Our technicians can work on other areas of your car, and do, but we are a shop of "Transmission Artists". Over 100 years of Transmission experiences in diagnosis, dismantling, re-building, and repair are what you get from K.C. Martin Transmissions. Don't settle for anything less. Transmission repair is an art and a science and we are glad to be your solid answer in the Lynnwood, Bothell, Edmonds, and Mill Creek areas.

The Return of Lynnwood's Greatest Transmission Blog!

by KC Martin Transmissions on 08/21/12

Okay, so we've taken a little time away from blogging---but hey, it's summer time.---just a little vacation.  Consider this our grand return!  We have some smaller items to mention here.......

Our first announcement is that our other shop on 196th st. also started a blog!  Click on this link to go read their Lynnwood Auto Repair Blog! We're not gonna duplicate articles, so you should follow both blogs for nice little tips and some news about what's going on. Remember, both shops do some general auto repair, but our blog over here will focus a little more on manual and automatic transmissions----but both shops should come up with some great safety tips and car care advice.

They just posted yesterday, in fact, and the article talks about something we deal with a lot over here and generally in the auto repair industry.  They talk about having patience with your auto repair shop, because accurate diagnosis can't be rushed.  It's something we deal with even more closely sometimes, when it comes to transmissions.  Transmission repair issues can be even more temperamental and "come and go", so diagnosis is even more difficult than many other areas of your car.  It can take a couple of road tests, along with the car codes (if it's giving any), to really feel what's going on and start to assess what we can do to fix the issue, as affordably as possible.

Anyhow, it's a good article and it's an issue that we'd like our valued customers to be aware of.  So, check out their NEW blog and their latest article, if you get the chance.

K.C. Martin (either shop, really) would also like to mention that it's a GREAT TIME to start thinking about getting alignments, brakes, and other systems checked before the big September rush.  Oil changes and other small items of maintenance are better taken care of now, in August, if you can manage it.  So, enjoy your sunny August days, but please consider getting your vehicle in to us soon, because in our experience it gets much more difficult to get it to us as the weather cools and the kids head back to school and such.

Thanks for reading. Check back for our next post soon!

 

 

Transmission Symptoms

by KC Martin Transmissions on 05/28/12

Common Transmission Symptoms

We'd cetainly love it, if our customers and the readers of our blog (thank you for reading, by the way) would "take our word for it" every time---that would be so much simpler for us.  But, luckily, we have other resources around the internet to use in showing your that we are talking about generally understood transmission issues and thoughts.  Not everyone agrees on how to do things, but in some cases--the basics--there's no problem finding other sources to point to. 

We wanted to educate you all on what the basic symptoms are when your transmission is "acting up".  That way you can have SOME idea as to what you are dealing with.  We found a nice little list that just about covers the basic issues on ehow.com ( http://www.ehow.com/facts_4881084_signs-bad-automatic-transmission.html ).

If you hear these things going on, it would be a GREAT IDEA to call us immediately.  Especially before you need it to be towed.  You might be able to save yourself some money too, because the longer you wait, the more damage you could be doing to the transmission. 

If you even think these sort of things are going on, bring your car by, we will give it a look for free.  Here are the main issues that you might experience:

Transmission Slippage

  • An automatic transmission that slips in and out of gear while driving is a classic sign of a bad transmission. An automatic transmission has a series of gears(normally between 4 and 5) designed for various engine speeds and loads. An automatic transmission that slips between gears affects vehicle performance and is a sign of impending transmission failure.

Transmission Spinning

  • A bad or faulty automatic transmission will often spin without providing any forward vehicle movement. This normally happens when an automatic transmission clutch fails to properly engage the transmission gears with the engine crankshaft, resulting in a spinning or freewheeling condition.

Trransmission Lag

  • Transmission lag is defined as a delay in transmission action or engagement. When a vehicle is accelerated, a transmission that lags will fail to engage for a few seconds before "kicking" into gear. Transmission lag normally happens during acceleration from a complete stop.

Burned Transmission Fluid

  • Normal transmission fluid is pinkish in color and almost transparent. A bad automatic transmission will often burn and/or char automatic transmission fluid and turn the fluid almost black; many times there will actually be a burned, smoky smell to the fluid as well.

Severe Transmission Fluid Leaks

  • An automatic transmission that leaks a large amount of transmission fluid, whether during normal vehicle operation or when a vehicle is parked, is a sign of a bad automatic transmission.

 

Auto Differentials - Yeah, we can take care of it!

by KC Martin Transmissions on 05/08/12

It's a very specialized thing, but our shop is very experienced in repairing and servicing your car's differential system.  If you need help with your automobile differential, bring your vehicle by, so that we can take a look and give you an accurate estimate!

The differential transmits the power to the wheels while allowing outside and inside drive wheels to rotate at different speeds (This is the one that earned the differential its name.) Differentials have gears in them that transfer the power from the drive train to your wheels -- which is why they're often referred to as "gear boxes". These gears are very strong, but they need to be properly protected so that they'll last.

The non-driven wheels on your car -- the front wheels on a rear-wheel drive car, the back wheels on a front-wheel drive car -- no differential is needed. There is no connection between them, so they spin independently. But the driven wheels are linked together so that a single engine and transmission can turn both wheels.
 
So, If you have a front-wheel drive car, your differential is often called a "transaxle" and is located in the front. If you have rear-wheel drive, the differential is toward the back of the car. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you will have a differential in the front and the back – and in the middle as well. The center differential adjusts for differences in speed between the front and rear wheels---pretty intricate stuff!
 
Differential fluid lubricates and cools the gears. Over time, the fluid can get dirty from bits of the gears grinding off. The additives that keep the fluid clean and protect the differential break down over time. So your vehicle manufacturer has scheduled intervals for you to have your differential fluid changed.

There are different types of differentials.  We can work on all of them at KC Martin Transmissions.  If you even think that your differential might be an issue for your car, please bring it by ASAP.  OR, if your manual suggests this type of service, schedule your appointement today!

Want your Transmission to last? Avoid these things!

by KC Martin Transmissions on 04/24/12

Taking care of your transmission is something we want to do FOR you.  There are plenty of tips that can be shared about when to change transmission fluid, what to watch out for in how your transmission is performing, and even little adjustments some people say "you can do yourself".  Well, you're better off bringing your vehicle to us and letting those who have made a life's work out of listening to, test driving, looking into, diagnosing, taking apart, and assembling transmissions of all kinds, work on your transmission. 

Most of our customers want to know, at very least, how to keep their transmission from wearing out "too fast".  That's a fair question, and there are, in fact, some things you can avoid to make sure you don't cost yourself extra money by damaging your transmission.

We found a list of cautionary points on the Lee Myles Transmission website (they are located in Florida)  http://www.auto-repair-services-florida.com/miami/transmission-care-article.shtml   We thought this was a good list to share with those of you that want to make sure and do the "right thing", and avoid some costly mistakes.  Check it out............

WANT YOUR TRANSMISSION TO LIVE LONGER? HERE ARE TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO

1. Don't Leave The Shift Lever In Park (P) Without The Parking Brake On. If another vehicle were to even tap yours in the front or back while parked it could cause a part inside your transmission (the parking pawl) to break leaving your vehicle to roll down the street unattended.

2. Don't Downshift To "Brake" At Traffic Lights. A forced downshift at high engine RPM causes excessive wear on transmission friction components (clutches and bands).

3. Don't Place Shift Lever in Drive or Reverse when engine is at "Fast Idle". This can cause abrupt transmission engagement leading to early failure of clutches, bands, gear sets, driveline components and engine or transmission mountings.

4. Don't Drag Race. Unless your vehicle was specifically designed for that purpose it cannot sustain that form of abuse. You run the risk of damaging all driveline components.

5. Don't Use Your Shift Lever Instead of Your Brake. Before reversing direction your car must be at a complete stop. Using the transmission to stop the vehicle will lead to premature transmission failure.

6. Don't Rock Your Car in Sand or Snow. Dig it out or have it towed. Both are less expensive than the damage you may cause by quick shifting between Reverse (R) and Drive (D) over and over again. The excessive heat that is caused by such action can burn out a transmission in a very short period of time.

7. Don't Drive Until The Engine Warms Up. For your transmission to perform properly, the fluid must be at operating temperature. Give it a few minutes and it will give you better and longer service.

8. Don't Let Anyone Tow Your Vehicle With The Drive Wheels on the Ground. Rear wheel drive vehicles must be towed with the rear wheels off the ground. Front wheel drive with the front wheels in the air. All wheel or full time four-wheel drive vehicles should be flat towed (all four wheels off the ground) Not sure? Check your owner's manual. Improper towing can cause serious damage!

9. Don't Stop Suddenly. Like fast starts, sudden stops can damage drivetrain components like engine and transmission mounts. These can lead to transmission damage. After any sudden emergency stop, it would be wise to have your mounts checked.

10. Don't Play Transmission "Doctor". Over the counter additives that are supposed to stop leaks or make the transmission shift better many times contain chemicals that may cause worn seals to swell. This can interfere with the function of these operating rubber parts and lead to severe damage.

Lynnwood Auto Repair at TWO locations

by KC Martin Transmissions on 04/16/12

The K.C. Martin name has been running strong in Lynnwood for over 60 years.  K.C. Martin Transmissions is the second location of the two.  Although we are the only one of the two shops to handle Transmission repair and replacement, BOTH shops can handle any of your car care needs.  So, if you have automotive repair issues of any kind, you can feel free to come to either shop.  Check out the "original" K.C. Martin Automotive shop at www.kcmartin.com .  

When you come to the transmission shop, because you need transmission repairs, but also have other auto repair needs, we can take care of everything, all in the same visit!  Down here at our shop, we love having the flexibility to do it all, but if you happen to bring your vehicle to the shop at 196th Street in Lynnwood, and end up needing some transmission work, then they will send you over to us.  It all works together very well. 

If you live in Lynnwood or surrounding areas, you can trust your vehicle's maintenance to us.  Anything from your regular oil change, to your regular-scheduled maintenance services, to major automobile repairs.  Don't hesitate, just bring your vehicle by so that we can get a look at the problem and give you an idea of what it will take to repair your vehicle.

You've heard it before, but the best way to take care of your car and save yourself money is to have your car looked at regularly, and have small repairs made while they are small.  This includes all of your proper servicing.  When it comes to our shop, we pride ourselves on taking care of the repairs that need to be done, and keeping your vehicle running better, for longer!

Transmission Rebuilds Indicate Expertise

by KC Martin Transmissions on 03/28/12

We just added some new information to our site about Transmission Rebuilds which we pasted below for your convenience (OR, Check it out at http://www.kcmartintransmissions.com/Transmission-Rebuild.html).  The bottom line is that you have to be VERY careful about choosing any auto repair shop, but even more so when it comes to Transmission work.  One of the most interesting issues centers around what a transmission "rebuild" means to each company. 
We go through that issue below.  In short, you want a transmission shop that is doing ALL of the work themselves and is doing COMPLETE work.  This is not an area that you want to "skimp" on.  You really need the best shop you can find.  We aren't the ONLY good shop around, but we are dedicated to remaining one of the best you can find.  We do the work ourselves, because we are experts, and we stand behind our work, because when you bring your vehicle to us, we always do the best thing for your vehicle.  How the shop handles a transmission rebuild is one the keys to understanding the expertise of that transmission shop.
Here's the complete message below:
 
 
Our Transmission experts rebuild your transmission ON SITE:

It is very important to know what kind of transmission shop you are working with and trusting your vehicle to. In the case of many shops, they can put a REBUILT transmission into your vehicle, and maybe even at a good price, but they don't necessarily rebuild it themselves.

We pride ourselves on being able to Rebuild your transmission the RIGHT WAY. We can take apart your transmission and the valve body, inspect the valves, and also replace the seals, gaskets, pump seals, bushings, bands and worn parts that need to be replaced. Also renewing the electronics inside of the transmission is very important.

It's VERY complicated----we know. BUT, the difference is huge for you. When all is said and done we are so confident in our work, that we provide a 2-year, 24,000-mile warranty on all Transmission rebuilds. In fact, we have so much experience doing this, that we can take care of ANY make and model, transmission rebuild, so just bring it by!

If not us, be sure to ask if the person you bring your vehicle to, if they will actually do the rebuild themselves or if they are buying one that is rebuilt from somewhere else. If you come to us, you can even ask to see your transmission apart on the bench before it is rebuilt! It's quite a site-----About 200-400 pieces when disassembled.

We hope you'll consider allowing K.C. Martin Transmissions to rebuild your Transmission the RIGHT WAY.

Need a price on Transmission repair work?

by KC Martin Transmissions on 03/11/12

So, you may have a problem with your vehicle's transmission.  Manual or Automatic, we work on them all.  Often times we get phone calls from people wanting to know what we will charge to repair their transmission.  It's an odd question, even with all of our expertise, experience, and willingness we have, to know what is going wrong with your vehicle simply by telling us a couple of symptoms.  It's a lot like asking the doctor to diagnose you, layout a treatment plan, and tell you what that will cost, simply by calling him and describing a few symptoms.  You wouldn't expect him to do that----not accurately anyway.

lynnwood transmissionWe do understand that a car is not a human body, and a transmission may be a bit simpler than your internal biology, but frankly not by as much as you think.  Take a look at the picture to the right for instance.

This picture depicts ONE transmission taken apart and laid out over one of our work benches here at KC Martin Transmissions.  All of these working parts added together make one complicated apparatus.  On top of that, we pride ourselves in giving you an accurate estimate on transmission work.  That's gonna be nearly impossible to do over the phone.

There's a simple solution, though.  We ask that you bring the vehicle by--that's all.  COME SEE US, and give us at least a moment to hear, feel, and see the way the car's transmission is operating. We can get an idea of what is happening and what most likely needs to be fixed.  Then we can give you the most accurate estimate on what parts and how much labor will be needed to get your car running right again.

Looking at that picture can also give you some sense of just how much expertise is required to properly work with these complicated sections of your vehicle.  Automobiles in general are complicated, and it should be clear that trusting your work to anything less than an expert, is a risk that you shouldn't take.  Many times, folks want to find the best price for work to be done.  But, the most important thing, is making sure your transmission guy finds the problem and fixes it completely.  We have an excellent track record of doing that, which ultimately saves our customers time AND money.

The moral of the story, is that you take us up on our offer.  Just bring your vehicle to us.  Even if it's not necessarily your transmission--just BRING YOUR CAR TO US.  It's a huge benefit, and like we have mentioned before, we've been here in the area for over 60 years.  We might have known your parents or grandparents, so we certainly wouldn't mind introducing ourselves to you, either.  We look forward to showing your our expertise, accuracy, and value!

KC Martin Transmissions - 60 years "running strong"

by KC Martin Transmissions on 03/03/12

The KC Martin name has a long history in the Lynnwood and surrounding areas.  We of course operate this Transmission shop along with the general automotive shop (found at www.kcmartin.com ).  The general automotive business is where it all started over 60 years ago.  We're proud to be a part of this area and this community, and heck, to have stayed in business this long.  But, it isn't just enough to just survive the times, and honestly, our history is about a little more than that.

We pride ourselves as mechanics and support staff of KC Martin Automotive and KC Martin Transmissions, in the way we approach caring for vehicles and the people who drive them.  That makes it all the more special when we fix the transmission, brakes, engine, or electrical system of a third generation customer----that's right, I said THIRD GENERATION!  We say that all the time, "We're the same place that your grandpa used to take his car", but it's all about what that statement implies.  It implies a long track record of fixing car problems and recommending work that people feel is done correctly and priced fairly. 

Auto repair businesses and transmission specialists are well aware of the inconvenience of "car trouble", but OUR focus is on what it will take to keep your vehicle running well for you in the long run.  It's hard to trust someone to do the right thing and do the repairs needed without simply finding things to charge you for.  But see, that's where the history comes in.  We've proven that, over time, customers of all ages, understand that our shop stands for that commitment to giving you the right answer.  We even recommend preventative work, so that you can save money by fixing issues and replacing parts long before they cause you a major hassle.

We're so glad and honored to have the dedicated customers that we do, but we feel we've earned that dedication with everything we offer and how we have performed time and time again.  That's the reason why our two locations have continued to have loyal customers, and it's also why anyone who hasn't yet brought a vehicle to us, should do so the next time they're experiencing any issues (or needs any of these services www.kcmartintransmissions.com/services.html )  .  Bring it in, we'll tell you what needs to be fixed.  Then we'll show you why your KC Martin has been running strong for so long.

Welcome to our BRAND NEW Blog

by KC Martin Transmissions on 01/31/12

So, here we are a transmission shop in Lynnwood, WA entering the blogosphere (whatever that is) for the first time.  Hard to say exactly what we hope to bring to our customers and community at large by running one of these things.  We'll be mixing together some advice and general car-care wisdom, sharing some of our company's philosophy and history, and digging into some of the basics of auto transmissions....our specialty!

 Of course, we are part of a mini-network, as there is also a KC Martin auto repair shop, also in Lynnwood.  You can check them out NOW, at: www.kcmartin.com .  Because we are a close family of businesses, we tend to blur the lines between transmission info and general repair info.

 In the end, whether you only take a quick glance or you come back regularly to check on this blog, you should be able to gather SOMETHING of interest.  Lots of interesting stuff happens around our shop.  The KC Martin family has a rich history and colorful characters that keep this company serving customers at a pretty high level.  Hopefully, we can use this blog to continue giving customers new and old, a little taste of the common sense, and life-long wisdom we use in approaching our customers, their vehicles, and things as complicated as manual and automatic transmissions, differentials, clutches, and on, and on, and on.

 So, welcome!  And, check back for more posts or follow our RSS feed.....whatever that is.....just kidding.

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