Why Can't I Tow My Car With The Drive-wheels On The Ground?
You can......if it has a manual transmission placed in neutral or a four wheel drive vehicle with the 4X4 control shifted into neutral. Why this is possible with a manual transmission is because as the driving wheels roll, they turn gears inside the manual transmission and it self lubricates as a result of the gears spinning in the lubricant, which is then transferred to other parts. In the case of the 4X4, when shifted into neutral (the 4X4 control.....not the transmission gearshift) it completely disconnects the transmission from the driving wheels.
Should you tow a two wheel drive vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission with the driving wheels on the ground, catastrophic failure may occur. As the drive shaft or drive axles are turned by the wheels, they turn components inside the transmission. An automatic transmission is only lubricated when the engine is running, which produces hydraulic pressure that pumps fluid throughout to lubricate. If you don't lubricate it, you may damage your automatic transmission.
A vehicle driven a mile or two may not suffer extensive damage but we feel the gamble is not worth it. One of the very first things tow truck drivers are taught, is not to tow with the drive wheels turning with an automatic transmission.
Your transmission technician went the extra mile. It saved me an extra trip plus caused minimal inconvenience to me. The goodwill built up by your father continues to grow with employees like JC.
Bill Mciimail of Baltimore Maryland
"I want to thank Jim Jennings Transmissions in Essex for the professional service JC provided to me last week. On Monday, I called you to set up an appointment for a transmission problem. On Tuesday morning, I dropped off my car at 7:00 AM. By 8:30, JC called and told me there was no transmission issue but I clearly had an engine performance issue. He asked if I used a local mechanic. I indicated I have taken my vehicles for years to Paul Stiffler across the street. He told me "I WILL RUN IT ACROSS FOR YOU TO PAUL". Amazing. By noontime, Paul diagnosed the problem, It needed a catalytic converter. By days end, I was back on the road. My Chevy Impala was running smoothly again. This professional courtesy from Jim Jennings Transmissions was above and beyond what I normally have come to expect. Many mechanics would have echoed: You don't have a transmission problem but I don't know what it is so come get your car. Your transmission technician went the extra mile. It saved me an extra trip plus caused minimal inconvenience to me. The goodwill built up by your father continues to grow with employees like JC."
I have and will again depend on the excellent repair work of the mechanics and will and have recommend their location to anyone I know who needs transmission work.
David Q. of Essex Maryland
"This will be our second review of Jim Jennings Transmissions shop. We have a 2005 Chevy Malibu that we were told needed a transmission rebuild. This would cost us around $2500 elsewhere. That was almost 3 years ago. After a transmission flush and then a fluid top off a year later the car is still running great. I have and will again depend on the excellent repair work of the mechanics and will and have recommend their location to anyone I know who needs transmission work."
I always come back to Jim Jennings for the best transmission service in Baltimore!
Ocean City Maryland
Frank Lopez of Ocean City Maryland
"Thanks for the great professional service I always receive. If I deal with Gary, Dex or JC, my 1994 Ford Ranger and I have been treated with the utmost respect. I have been to JJ for routine transmission repair service before and after you did a transmission rebuilt for me. After moving to Ocean City, Md. and 320,000 miles on my Ranger, I always come back to Jim Jennings for the best transmission service in Baltimore!"
These guys are honest and trustworthy as the day is long! Thank you men!!
Perry Hall Maryland
Mike of Perry Hall Maryland
"Your team of well-trained transmission technicians really devoted some time and attention to determining the root cause of the noise coming from my transmission. I could tell they genuinely cared using computer diagnosis and then resolving the problem. These guys are honest and trustworthy as the day is long! Thank you men!!"
.. thanks GARY, thanks DEXTER, thanks JC and also the entire team of Jim Jennings. Thanks very much.
Ayoola Ojo of Essex Maryland
"I never had problems with transmission and honestly I would have to check with my dictionary on how to spell the word.. until one bad day when I unknowingly bought a used 2005 Nissan Quest with a bad transmission..2005!! Transmission became my favorite word.. I called everywhere, googled every shop and sent a lot of emails .. all the results I got back made my situation more of a headache and stress... until I got referred to Jim Jennings Transmissions in Baltimore. I called and spoke with Gary, he was more concerned about my conditions not even the vehicle..he gave ideas upon ideas which really made me relaxed.. I felt really well that I had to go in for a shop quote.. when I got to their repair shop, Gary and I took a tour and that was the first time I saw what a transmission looked like.. he kept it 100% .. I was like wow... this man really has nothing to hide...I put my van in their transmission repair and less than one week I got it out with the help of their repair financing program they offered.. the van runs great and they even put my tags on and also I want to thank you guys very much for the bolts and screws you put on the panel covering the radiator.. I noticed it later on.. thanks GARY, thanks DEXTER, thanks JC and also the entire team of Jim Jennings. Thanks very much."
I would recommend Jim Jennings Transmission to anyone who wants GOOD QUALITY TRANSMISSION SERVICE!!! Thank You Very Much.
Marlene of Essex Maryland
"Jim Jennings Transmissions is the best place in Baltimore to have your vehicle's transmission repaired. The customer service from their team of transmission technicians there is far better than I received in a very long time. The quick and speedy service is excellent!!! I would recommend Jim Jennings Transmission to anyone who wants GOOD QUALITY TRANSMISSION SERVICE!!! Thank You Very Much."
Price was right and service was excellent - overall 5 star experience!
Ellicott City Maryland
Mike Gussin of Ellicott City Maryland
"JC took care of our 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner with a 727 transmission rebuild. In addition to this service JC and his team of trained technicians also found and fixed other, non-transmission related issues some of which would have been impossible to find or repair without the transmission removed. The Roadrunner performs better than it ever has. Price was right and service was excellent - overall 5 star experience! Even the flatbed towing service was top notch and professional."
My whole family has dealt with them. You can trust their work. I would give them an "A ".
Vaughn Kapp of balto Maryland
"The transmission work was excellent. I know you can trust their transmission repair team. My whole family has dealt with them. You can trust their work. I would give them an "A "."
I can't thank Jim Jennings enough. They are honest, do good work, and fast. Whatever the top star is, I would have to give it to them.
David of Dundalk Maryland
"I can't thank Jim Jennings Transmission enough. The clutch in my truck went out,and I took it to another repair shop on Eastern Ave and they gave me a price over $3,000 for a clutch repair job and some transmission repair. I was ready to dump my truck until my boss told me to take it to Jim Jennings. I paid $727.87, and I had no transmission problem. I told them going in what the other place was going to charge me. As far as I am concerned Jim Jennings could have done the same thing, but they didn't. I can't thank Jim Jennings enough. They are honest, do good work, and fast. Whatever the top star is, I would have to give it to them. It's nice to know there are still businesses that are honest. They have my business from now on. I would tell anyone to go there."
I will choose them again even though I live in York PA I will drive to Baltimore just to get what I need fixed they are reliable, quick, and get straight to the job.
Tarsha williams of York Pennsylvania
"I was browsing through the websites when i came across jim website so i said that is not far from where my van is so I emailed them at first to see if they could help and they did they towed my van and got it up in running in a day. I will choose them again even though I live in York PA I will drive to Baltimore just to get what I need fixed they are reliable, quick, and get straight to the job. Thanks to all the workers that I talked to I no 1 was JC and the others i really appreciated your work and kindness"