Category: Blog

Sep 15 2021

How Often Should I Get a Diagnostic Testing for My Vehicle?

transmission checkupYour vehicle is likely one of your biggest investments, so you should do everything you can to protect it and increase its longevity. One of the best ways to do this is to perform preventative maintenance tasks as recommended by the manufacturer. One of these tasks is an annual inspection done by a certified mechanic. During an annual inspection, you should have a diagnostic test run on your vehicle to check for any issues in its internal systems. During a vehicle diagnostic test, your mechanic will connect a computer to your vehicle’s internal systems through an access port, which is typically placed under the steering wheel near the driver’s door. The diagnostic computer will send a series of test signals and commands to your vehicle and will monitor its responses. A diagnostic exam will not harm your vehicle and is very safe.

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Aug 15 2021

Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Fleet Running Smoothly

It doesn’t matter how many vehicles are in your fleet if they’re not actually on the road! Keeping fleet vehicles running smoothly and efficiently should be every fleet manager’s goal. Luckily, our fleet maintenance experts at Ralph’s Transmissions in Sarasota have the knowledge and tools necessary to keep your entire fleet in the best condition possible. Here are our top tips to keep your fleet running like a well-oiled machine:

Follow a preventative maintenance schedule

Planning and following a preventative maintenance schedule for all fleet vehicles is the best way to ensure your fleet is running in tip-top shape. However, most fleet managers don’t have the time or resources to keep up with a fleet maintenance schedule themselves, so finding a reputable fleet maintenance provider is a smart choice. Ralph’s Transmissions provides the maintenance services that fleet managers in Sarasota and Manatee counties need to stay profitable in these uncertain times. You can design your own fleet maintenance schedule or we can provide recommendations on a maintenance schedule based on our years of fleet maintenance experience.

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Jul 15 2021

How to Overcome the Hidden Cost of Excessive Idling

Excessive idling of fleet vehicles is a profit killer in business. Hundreds of gallons of gas per vehicle can be lost each year from just idling during a lunch break. When you operate a large fleet, numbers like that add up fast. Try these techniques to reduce excessive idling and regain control of your fleet budget:

Develop driver policies on excessive idling

The best way to reduce fleet idling time is to have your drivers turn off the ignition while parked. Get all your employees on the same page by implementing a comprehensive policy on excessive fleet vehicle idling. Inform employees of the costs of excessive idling and how it affects company profitability. Put an incentive program into place to reward drivers for idling less and carry out consequences for drivers who repeatedly violate the excessive idling policies.

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Jun 15 2021

How to Extend Your Transmission Life

Transmission LifeYour transmission is like your car’s nervous system. It interplays with almost every other system in the vehicle, and transmission problems can leave you doing more walking than driving. Signs you might have transmission trouble include:
  • Strong odors
  • Hesitation
  • Discolored fluid
  • Burning smell
  • Check engine light
  • Slow acceleration 
  • Reduced fuel mileage
  • Fluid leaks
  • Grinding noises
  • Shaking
  • Whirring sounds 
  • Slipping gears
  • Dragging clutch (manual transmissions only)

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May 15 2021

How Long Do Transmissions Last?

Do Transmissions LastAs one of the most expensive components in most vehicles, it makes total sense to wonder just how long you can go before it needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, estimates for average transmission lifespan vary widely, from as low as 10,000 miles in some cases to up to 300,000 miles for \well-maintained transmissions.

What factors affect transmission life?

There are two main factors that affect a transmission’s lifespan, preventative maintenance, and driver behavior.

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