FAQ

Q. Does it really matter where I take my car for service?

Servicing your car properly now means you won’t have to pay for expensive repairs later, which become necessary when a car isn’t properly taken care of.

Q. What is preventative maintenance?

Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways for you to save your money. It involves making sure that everything in the car works right. If you don’t get preventative maintenance for your car every once in awhile, you’re likely going to pay for it later.

Q. Why won’t my car start?

There are many reasons why your car may be having difficulty starting. For this reason, if your car won’t start in Boynton Beach, FL, you’ll want to call National Transmission.

Q. How often does my car need a tune up?

So long as your car wasn’t made before 1980, a tune up once every 30,000 miles should suffice.

Q. Should I take my car to the dealership?

Independent mechanics offer a more personal service than you’ll find from a large dealership.

Q. How often should I rotate my tires?

Your tires should be rotated every time you bring your vehicle in for an oil change. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.

Q. Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?

YES. The failure of a timing belt in many cars can result in major engine damage. The cost of repairing an engine with a broken timing belt is much greater than the cost of a timing belt replacement.

“National Transmissions takes great care of my car. I won’t take it anywhere else.”
L Hagenbuch
Boynton Beach, FL

Q. My check engine light (AKA service engine soon light) is on. What should I do?

There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle’s engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the “check engine” light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems.

Q. What should I do if my car starts to overheat?

This is a very serious problem – if your car overheats for too long, you can damage your engine. As soon as possible, find a safe place to pull off the road and shut the engine off! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator as it can burn you. The best thing to do is have your car towed to National Transmissions & Complete Auto Care Center.

Q. How often should I change my oil? How many miles between oil changes?

You should get your oil changed every 3000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Q. What is that milky brown engine oil?

Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (other gasket) or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician quickly.

Q. How to make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?

Battery cables and terminals should also be cleaned and inspected to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.

Q. What should I do if I hear unusual noises in my car?

Noises can be serious; it is best to have our vehicle checked by a professional technician quickly.

Q. How often should I have my car aligned?

To maximize the life expectancy of your tires, alignment should be performed once a year or every 10-12,000 mile.

Q. What is that smell coming out of the air conditioning vents when I turn the a/c on?

The air conditioning filter is dirty and collecting mold. Have it replaced by a professional technician.

Q. What is that clicking noise when making sharp turns?

Most likely the C.V. axles are in need of replacement. Have you front end checked by a professional technician.

Q. What is synthetic motor oil?

Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, high mileage vehicles, turbocharged or supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), or vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates. Synthetic motor oils, though more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes.

Q. When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?

To help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance, replace your car’s fuel filter approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Q. When should I change my spark plugs?

For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000-mile platinum tipped spark plugs.

Q. I need to replace a burned out fuse, what should I do?

Always replace burned-out fuses with ones of the same amperage (printed on the fuse) and note that if a fuse continues to “blow,” you should have the circuit checked professionally by one of our technicians for defects.

Q: Do you offer towing?

Yes we do. Towing is also free with a major repair. (Within the local area of a National Transmissions Center).

Q: What is your warranty?

National Transmissions has standard 12 month/12,000 mile as well as extended warranties. Please contact your local National Transmissions & Auto Care Center for more information.

Q: How long will the repair take?

The length of time depends on the type of repair, facility scheduling and availability of any necessary parts. The manager will keep the customer informed of when a time of completion can be expected.

Q: Will you be utilizing all new parts in my vehicle?

National Transmissions & Auto Care Center uses both new and remanufactured parts where required to bring your vehicle up to (OEM) original manufacturer specifications.

Q: Do you have financing?

Yes we offer third party financings. Please contact your local National Transmissions Center for financing availability and options.

Q: Should I purchase an extended warranty for my car?

YES, in today’s technical world where all cars are electronically controlled, an extended warranty is very, very important. Think of it this way: an average cost of an extended warranty is about $2,600 but if one of the computers fails, the average cost for part alone is about $1,000. What if the transmission fails? The average transmission repair cost is about $2,700.  And we haven’t start to talk about possible engine repairs, front end, suspension and any other repair cost that can add up to thousands of dollars. Extended warranties are a good peace of mind to have.

Q: Do you accept extended warranties?

Yes, we accept and work with all extended warranties.

Q: Where can I purchase an extended warranty?

Extended warranties can be purchase from a variety of entities such as a Bank, Credit Unions, online, etc. NOTE: Always call your state Insurance Commission Office, BBB to check on the Company’s credibility.