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            Spring News 2012
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Greetings from all of us! Owners and staff of AA Transmission would like to share a few tidbits with you.
1.       Keeping it Cool this Summer – Prevent costly repairs by practicing preventative maintenance
2.       Overheating – Bad oil filter symptoms
3.       Help! My Transmission won’t Shift!
4.       Recipe Corner -- Tanya’s Fruit Pizza
5.       For Sale
6.       Links & Recommendations
Remember, if it’s hot outside its hot inside your car too. Prevent costly repairs by keeping an eye on your fluids, tire pressure, and dash warning lights. If you are planning any trips towing a boat, camper, RV, or trailer, it would be wise to consider a transmission cooler for your vehicle.
The most common cause of automatic transmission failure is heat. You can get more miles out of your transmission by reducing the heat that builds up during normal operation. (Did you realize every 20 degree drop in operating temperature can double oil and equipment life?) Here are a few things you can do to help reduce heat, and keep your transmission working longer:
1. Avoid Jackrabbit Starts — Hard accelerations create a lot of friction and heat in the transmission. Take it easy on the gas, and your transmission will live longer.
2. Help the Shift — Most of the friction and wear in the transmission takes place during the shifts. Get to know when your transmission shifts normally. Then, just before the shift, back off on the gas just a bit. That’ll reduce the load on the clutches, and eliminate much of the friction during the shift.
3. Keep the Cooling System in Good Shape — Your car’s radiator also provides cooling for your transmission. And heat damage will take place in the transmission long before the engine appears to overheat. So regular cooling system service can help your transmission run cooler… and last longer.
4. Add a Transmission Cooler — If you travel a lot in extremely high temperatures or carry a lot of weight in your car, an auxiliary transmission cooler is a great way to reduce heat and add years to your transmission’s life.   Source: ATRA (Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association)
When two car parts rub against each other without the proper quality or amount of lubrication, heat results. As damage occurs as a result of friction, other parts of the engine begin to wear out, causing additional strain on the car's cooling system. In addition to this, as sediment from improperly filtered oil builds up on your engine, deposits of minerals can occlude heat conductivity. When this happens, the engine overheats. The normal temperature range of an engine is between 195 and 220 degrees Fahrenheit. When temperatures exceed this range, the car is said to be "running hot." Your car's temperature gauge will show that the car is overheating. Cars experiencing overheating may stall, idle roughly or belch smoke. Turn your car's heat up to the maximum setting until you can drive safely home or to a mechanic. Turning on the heat allows the hot air from the engine to enter the cab, venting the engine. A mechanic can determine the source of the heat and the underlying cause, which may be a bad oil filter. Read more: Bad Oil Filter Symptoms |


Automatic transmissions used in today’s automobiles and light trucks are computer controlled. Computer-controlled transmissions are nothing new; the trend began in the mid-80’s. Over the years, the computer systems have gotten more sophisticated; largely as a result of more stringent fuel-economy demands. But with this sophistication come a few problems as well; they can be finicky at times and it doesn’t take a lot for them to turn on the check engine or check transmission light.
One simple problem that can cause a range of transmission-related problems is low battery voltage from old, worn out battery. If you car’s battery is more than five years old you may begin to see computer-related problems caused by corroded or loose terminals or the battery itself. Here’re some simple maintenance checks you can make to your battery:

1. Make sure the terminal connections are clean and tight. If you have a lot of corrosion on the battery posts and terminal connections you can clean them with a solution of baking soda and water. If you have to remove the connections, be careful; some cars have theft-deterrent systems and disconnecting the battery can disable your radio. Always follow the instructions in your owner’s manual for removing the battery connectors.

2. Measure the voltage of your battery with a digital volt meter. Check the voltage after the engine has been off for at least one hour. The voltage should be a minimum of 12.45 volts. If it’s less, consider replacing the battery.
Regular battery maintenance can help you prevent problems with your transmission, keep you out of the shop and save you time and money in the long run.
Source: ATRA (Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association)
   Recipe Corner
Tanya’s Fruit Pizza
  • 1 (18 ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough (Pillsbury works best, cheap brands not so good)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c powdered sugar – or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A mix of fresh fruit: such as kiwi, mandarin oranges, raspberries, blackberries, halved red seedless grapes, blueberries, and strawberries.
  1. On a greased 14-in. pizza pan, press cookie dough into a 12-in. circle. Follow cookie dough package directions for baking. I under bake mine just a tad so the crust stays soft. Cool completely.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over crust. Toss on your fruits. Cover with plastic or tin foil and refrigerate for 1 hour. Eat within 24 hours as it gets soggy fast.
Spring up folding steps – great for 4X4’s, “toys”, RV’s.
For these items contact Dan at 256-9107 or
ATRA (Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association)  – for more information on transmission care.
Dayspa body basics -- -- Organic, natural and allergy free skin-care for the whole family! Their soaps and body butter are EXCELLENT. Every customer who has a major repair completed through us will get a free bar of specialty soap.
The Burger Dive - awesome homemade burgers! 114 North 27th Street, downtown Billings. Visit them on Facebook!