Winter driving can be treacherous in most parts of the country, with snow, ice and freezing temperatures making roads especially hazardous. The experts at Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, a nationwide automotive service and repair network of licensed centers, offer simple tips to keep your car running smoothly and [...]
A local entrepreneur with deep roots in the local business community is opening Louisville's newest Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care center. David Gimbel, who has built several businesses in the area over the past 25 years, is opening the new auto repair center this month at 4047 Taylorsville Rd. [...]
Lou Guarini, the Cottman Man in Maple Shade, has always worked around cars. His first job after graduating from the University of Stroudsburg was with Goodyear, where he worked in the high-performance racing tire division. Recalling his days on the Indy car circuit, "I did everything but drive the cars," [...]
No. Oh, sure, you can connect a scan tool or computer to the computer system. And it’ll provide codes and some basic readings from the various sensors around the car. What A Check Engine Light Code Tells You However, it doesn’t tell you with any degree of certainty what’s wrong [...]
You really can’t: A truly skilled — and dishonest — technician can sell you just about anything, and you won’t have any way to verify their recommendations or repairs. Dealing With The Repair Shop But there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk: Develop a relationship [...]
This is one of the toughest situations to deal with when you have a problem, because there’s virtually no way the technician can diagnose car problems he can’t see or hear. Vehicle Diagnostic Advice But there are a few things you can do to help make sure those problems show [...]
Boy, it’d be great if we could answer that question! Unfortunately it’s a little too early to tell. That’s because we don’t even know what type of transmission you have… yet. Is The Transmission Rebuild Necessary? The bigger question is: why are you asking? Are you really sure you need [...]
Transmission Won’t Shift All The Way Into High Gear Sometimes my transmission doesn’t seem to shift all the way into high gear until after it’s been running for awhile. What could be causing that?
It may actually be normal operation. That’s because many of today’s computer systems are designed to prevent a shift into high gear until the engine reaches normal operating temperature. Figuring The Problem Out Of course, if your car’s taking too long to warm up, the computer system could be locking [...]
Maybe not. If your car won't shift, or has doesn't seem to have any power, then what you’re experiencing is called “failsafe.” It’s how the transmission is designed to operate when the computer system shuts down. Failsafe is built in to enable you to drive to a repair shop without [...]
My transmission seems to be slipping. Is there any chance that a transmission service will fix the problem?
Maybe, but there are no guarantees. That’s because the oil in your car’s transmission does play a role in how well the clutches hold. And, over time, that oil can wear out. Transmission Rebuild But changing the oil won’t help if the clutches are worn out. Once that happens, the [...]