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May 13, 2007 — The teens studying automotive technology at the William F. Goodling Regional Advanced Skills Center in York are putting their knowledge to work for you.

In this occasional column, the students will answer some common questions people have about their vehicles - to help the public and to test their own skills.

This week's question: Why is it important to service a transmission?

Answer:Your transmission is what transfers the power from your motor to your drive wheels.

Your fluid will eventually become contaminated after time and need to be serviced. If your transmission is not properly maintained, it might become damaged and cause catastrophic failure. If failure occurs, your transmission will then have to be rebuilt or be replaced, and that will be expensive.

To prevent this from happening, you should have your transmission fluid flushed and have your filter changed at factory-recommended service intervals. Any small metal shaving that might be in your transmission will collect on a magnet in the bottom of the pan. That magnet should also be cleaned at this time.

Josh is studying automotive technology at the William F. Goodling Regional Advanced Skills Center in York.

About the student

Name: Josh Davis

Grade: 12

School: Eastern York High School

Areas of interest: Josh enjoys working on Volkswagens and going to car shows.

Plans for after school: Josh plans to attend Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts this fall to pursue a career in automotive advertising.

About the course

The automotive technology course at William F. Goodling Regional Advanced Skills Center in York is instructed by ASE Certified Master Technician Chad Fadely. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology and is employed at Fadely's Automasters, a NAPA Autocare Center, at 3177 W. Market St. in West Manchester Township.

For more information on the Advanced Skills Center, visit http://www.advskills.com.

More information on Fadely's Automasters can be found at http://www.automasters.com.

Submit a question

If you have a question you would like to run by the students, send it to Business Editor Kara Eberle at keberle@ydr.com.

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