Archive for February 24, 2016

Signs of a Bad Transmission

Maintenance Worker


When your transmission is having problems, it’s important to get it checked out as soon as possible. Without it, your car won’t start, so learn to recognize these signs of a bad transmission so you can catch problems early.

The biggest sign of transmission trouble is leaking fluid. Transmission fluid doesn’t get used up like engine oil, so running low on transmission fluid is a sign of something wrong. If you notice low fluid levels or think your transmission is leaking (you’ll see red, tart-smelling fluid on the ground), get to a mechanic or your dealership for repairs.

An easy way to spot transmission issues is smelling it. Usually tart-smelling, transmission fluid eventually starts to smell like it’s burning, which is when you need to get a fluid change. If you let the transmission fluid go like this, it could lead to your transmission burning up and needing to be replaced.

Depending on whether you have a manual or automatic transmission, you’ll hear different danger sounds. Manuals grind when you switch gears, while automatics have whining or buzzing sounds along with shaking when the car switches gears.

Mitsubishi Joins Philippine CARS Program

By Mike Gonzalez (TheCoffee) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

By Mike Gonzalez (TheCoffee) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. announced in mid-February that it plans to invest 4.3 billion Philippine pesos (about $90 million US) in the Philippine CARS Program.

The CARS Program, or the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy Program, is designed to attract investments and revitalize the automotive industry in the Philippines, turning it into a center for vehicle production. The program was implemented by the Philippine government in 2015 and offers more than P27B in incentives to local auto assemblers.

MMPC will use the incentives of the CARS Program to send the sedan and hatchback versions of the 2017 Mirage into production. Part of the P4.3B MMPC invests will go to building a stamping facility to ensure more content is created locally.

Mitsubishi’s involvement in the CARS Program, its large investment, and the operations at its Sta. Rosa plant where it will begin building the new Mirage will help to expand job opportunities in the area. Mitsubishi will buy from local parts suppliers and in exchange provide them with new technologies.