Best Vehicles for Towing

My name is Louis Alexander, and I want to thank you for stopping by my website. I have an active family that consists of my wife Janice, our three children, two dogs, three horses, and me. We needed not only a truck that could tow, but also one that would comfortably seat my family. We are on the road for many hours when traveling to horse shows or on camping trips. We needed a new vehicle. One that would be capable of towing our horse trailer and travel trailer. I did a great deal of research online before venturing out to test drive trucks. I learned a lot about tow capabilities and capacities. I also discovered some differences between trucks that ran on diesel and gasoline. I’m going to share some of the information I found out about trucks and hope you find it of value.

Signs You Need To Repair Your Transmission

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Your transmission, like all moving parts of your car, will degrade over time due to general wear and tear. A worn transmission can cause all sorts of problems for your car, such as reduced fuel efficiency, and can increase the risk of your vehicle breaking down. Thankfully, there are several warning signs that clearly indicate a problem with your transmission. Understanding what these warnings signs are can help you take your transmission in for repairs as soon as possible to prevent further problems from developing.


If your transmission is slipping, then your transmission will shift suddenly into another gear for no apparent reason. The sound produced by the engine will often become much higher pitched, and your car may slow down or suddenly seem to be struggling, even on flat and smooth roads. This is a sure sign the transmission is having problems.

Rough Shifting

If your transmission clunks into place when you accelerate and change gears, there is probably an issue with your transmission belts. This problem will also manifest itself as difficulty accelerating. You should get this looked at as soon as possible, because rough shifting can increase the amount of stress on your transmission and engine, which can result in significant damage over the long term.


If transmission fluid is leaking out of your transmission, you'll need to have your transmission brought in for repairs immediately. Check the underneath of your car to see if there's any fluid on the pavement. If there is, place a piece of cardboard underneath and check it the next day to see if the car is still leaking. Transmission fluid is reddish brown in color, and if any fluid has accumulated on the cardboard, you'll have to bring it in immediately. However, other types of fluid leaks will also represent a problem that needs to be fixed. Blueish colored liquid is most likely a coolant leak, while black fluid leaks represent an oil leak. Either way, a mechanic should look at your vehicle to fix the leaks.

Delayed Gear Engagement

If you notice that there is a long delay between shifting your car out of park and into drive and the car actually moving, the transmission is in rough shape. This can also manifest itself in your car taking a very long time to shift gears as you accelerate, which can greatly increase the wear and tear on the gears of the transmission and reduce overall responsiveness on the road, which can be dangerous.    

For more information or for a professional diagnostic and repair, visit local auto repair shops, such as Automotive Specialties.


4 January 2016