Transmission Repair, Service, and Maintenance

Disassembled Automotive Transmission

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While most people understand a little about their car engine, discussing how a transmission works is an entirely different story. With that, many drivers never grasp the importance of their transmission, so they don’t know the steps to take to avoid transmission replacement. Instead, they neglect the maintenance needed until they can no longer procrastinate any further. What they are left with is some significant downtime and expensive transmission repair bills instead.

We don’t want to see that happen to you, which is why Minnie’s Auto Repair strives to help you maintain your system with a transmission flush.

Minnie's Auto Repair Technician taking a transmission apart

As a smart consumer, you want the best for your vehicle. That’s why you must take steps to ensure your transmission runs smoothly for many more years. At Minnie’s Auto Repair in Columbia, SC, we take care of the hard work for you. We can service both manual and automatic transmission so you have one less thing to worry about.

You Must Maintain Your Transmission

Cross section of a transmission

Maintenance for a manual transmission is simpler than with automatic transmissions. No matter what car you drive, simply check your service schedule to determine the proper intervals or talk to us about how often you should have transmission fluid service.

Having regular transmission service allows your engine to run at its best and keep the temperatures down. It also keeps you from needing a new transmission, which can be costly.

Transmission Problems You Might Face


You don’t want to wait until problems become so severe that you don’t have any options left. At the first sign that something is wrong, you want to have transmission repair. With a stop at Minnie’s Auto Repair in Columbia, SC, we can ensure you get back on the road quickly.

You could face a minor repair such as replacing a filter, band, O-ring, valve or gasket. We can handle these and your toughest differential rebuild and services as well.

Whether you drive an automatic or manual transmission vehicles, it’s possible that you might face clutch repair and replacement or axle repair and replacement down the road. You don’t want just any auto repair shop in Columbia, SC handling this for you. You want to go with Minnie’s Auto Repair because you’ve come to trust our attention to detail and excellent service.

If you encounter any of these complaints, you’ll want to visit us right away.


1. Transmission Begins to Slip

If the gears in your car feel like they are changing for no reason, it could be a slipping transmission. Many people first notice this because the engine increases in noise or begins to whine for no apparent reason. Sometimes, it also feels as if the car doesn’t have the power needed to move.

2. Shifting Becomes Rough

If the shifting of your vehicle becomes rough or it doesn’t want to change gears, you might need repair. It’s possible that the gears even make a clunking or thudding noise while shifting. Don’t ignore these complaints.

3. Engagement is Delayed

If you notice a time lapse from the moment your car engages until it actually goes forward, you need to visit Minnie’s Auto Repair. When you shift from Park to Drive in your car, there shouldn’t be a pause and your engine shouldn’t rev without moving.

4. Leaking Transmission Fluid

Your transmission is completely sealed. That means it shouldn’t leak fluids. If you begin to notice spots on your driveway or garage floor, you need to lay a piece of cardboard underneath. This helps you determine if it is transmission fluid. If you see brown, dark red or bright red fluid, you want to have it checked out by our expert technicians right away.

5. Your Transmission Light Comes On

While the presence of your transmission light doesn’t always indicate a serious problem, it’s vital you have it checked right away. This light won’t come on unless there’s some sort of error code present in the system. We can hook up our scanner to find out where the issue is originating from.


Your Car Deserves the Best – Maintain Your Transmission

Whether you are dealing with your transmission or another aspect of the car, it’s critical that you maintain it properly. You don’t want to pay for expensive service later or face downtime because you need major repair due to neglect. Maintaining and repairing your transmission promptly ensures that you spend more time behind the wheel of your vehicle.

At Minnie’s Auto Repair in Columbia, SC, we want to empower you to take control of your car’s maintenance and performance. That’s why we work with you to provide the best differential diagnosis or driveline repair and maintenance possible. We offer a schedule that works with your busy life and helps you to accomplish your goals.

Whether you need flywheel repair and replacement or driveshaft and U-joint repair, we are here to serve you. We have state of the art equipment and a fully trained staff to take care of all these needs and more. You don’t have to be in the dark any longer about what your car needs, we will make sure you understand what is happening every step of the way. Our technicians will only lead you to the repairs and maintenance you need, not a bunch of overpriced services that don’t make sense for your car. That’s why women (and men) from our community continue coming back to us for all their car maintenance and transmission needs.

We look forward to servicing your car as well.

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