Transmission Repair in Alexandria & Sterling, VA and Washington D.C.

Transmission Repair & Service in Sterling, VA, 20166

How does a transmission work?

Unless you drive a stick shift vehicle from Toyota, Honda, Ford, Hyundai or any other car make, your vehicle probably has an automatic transmission system, which we will be focusing on here. The main job of your vehicle’s transmission is to allow the engine to operate at varying speeds while providing a wide range of output speeds. The transmission uses gears to make a more efficient use of the engine’s torque and keep the engine operating at an appropriate speed. Automatic transmissions contain a planetary gearset, which creates all the different gear ratios that the transmission can produce. There are two planetary gearsets in an automatic transmission. If you are in Sterling, Alexandria, Washington, Chillum, or Mount Rainier, you can bring your vehicle to Old Ox Tire and Auto in Loudoun and Alexandria counties for all things transmission repair. We can decide if your vehicle needs a transmission replacement, if your transmission needs to be rebuilt, or if it can simply be repaired. In addition to transmission service, we also offer services in clutch repair, clutch replacement, differential service, repair and replacement, and axle replacement.

How do I know if my vehicle needs a transmission repair?

Whether you have an SMG transmission, a CVT transmission, or something else, we at Old Ox Tire and Auto in Sterling recommend changing your vehicle’s transmission fluid every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. Some signs that something is wrong with your transmission include:

  • Your vehicle makes screeching or clunking noises.

If your transmission fluid is breaking down or is there an internal problem with your transmission, you will hear these noises coming from your vehicle.

  • Your “Check Engine” light is on.

While this could mean a number of things, turning your “Check Engine” is your vehicle’s computer’s way of telling you there is a problem, which could be with your transmission.

  • Your vehicle won’t cooperate when in gear.

If there is a delay in your car responding when you change gears, your transmission fluid could be breaking down or there may be a problem with your vehicle’s computer system. However, if neither of these things are the problem, there is an issue with the transmission itself.

  • There is a grinding or shaking sensation when you change gears.

If your car grinds or shakes when you change gear, there is an issue with your transmission. This problem usually gets worse with time, so it is best practice to bring your vehicle to an auto repair shop as soon as you notice this problem.

  • You notice a burning smell coming from your vehicle.

This burning smell that likely your transmission fluid overheating, which can happen when there is not enough transmission fluid in your vehicle (which could indicate a leak) or the wrong type of transmission fluid is in your vehicle. 

Your transmission is integral to a safe driving experience, so when the time comes to get it repaired, serviced or replaced, you can bring your vehicle to Old Ox Tire and Auto. We will perform a comprehensive inspection of your vehicle to determine if any other services are required, such as engine repair, or maintenance. Serving residents of Loudoun and Alexandria counties and beyond, we follow our mantra For quality auto repair and friendly customer service, look no further than Old Ox Tire & Auto daily. We can also perform a transmission fluid exchange or a marine transmission repair. Our number one goal is to provide high-quality customer service and repair services to every customer, every day.

Your award-winning local Shop for Transmission Repair

If you are having an issue with your transmission, Old Ox Tire and Auto in Sterling is your place to go. Founded in 2017, our team of expertly trained and ASE certified technicians and owner Josh Sadr have decades of combined experience and are experts in all things auto repair. We specialize in transmission repair, oil changes, fluid services and tune-ups as well as transmission repair. Why should you choose Old Ox Tire & Auto:

  • Locally owned and operated since 2017
  • Only OEM and OEM-approved parts/components
  • Shuttle on all services, loaner on major service, free towing (limited)
  • Alternative payment options (see our financing page)
  • We have a review score of 5 based on reviews from hundreds of satisfied customers.

If you are in the 20166 area or nearby, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Old Ox Tire and Auto, either online or via phone at Sterling, VA: 703-956-9811, Alexandria, VA: 703-888-2654, and Washington, D.C.: 202-269-2495. Old Ox Tire and Auto – For quality auto repair and friendly customer service, look no further than Old Ox Tire & Auto.

Transmission Repair in Sterling & Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC
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The Strengths of Old Ox Tire & Auto

  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • ASE Master Technicians
  • Family-Friendly, Community-Based Staff
  • Free Shuttle Service
  • Free WiFi in our Comfortable Waiting Area
  • 2-year/24,000-mile Warranty on All Repairs
  • BBB Accredited Business: A+ Rating
  • Fleet Service (Sterling, VA)
  • 24-hour Drop-Off (Sterling, VA)
  • Tires Available (all locations)

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Sterling, VA Location

44827 Old Ox Road Sterling, VA
Open Mon-Fri: 8:30AM - 5:00PM

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Alexandria, VA Location

190 A1 S. Whiting St., Alexandria VA
Open Mon-Fri: 8:30AM - 5:00PM

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Washington, D.C. Location

3426 18th St NE, Washington DC
Open Mon-Fri: 8:30AM - 5:00PM

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We Are a Digital Shop

Our technicians use the latest technology to not only tell you if there are any problems with your vehicle, but show you. If we uncover an issue, we’ll email a photo of it to you for your review. At the end of every visit you’ll receive a detailed report regarding the general health of your vehicle. Our #1 goal is to keep you safe on the road.

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