How Can I Tell If I Need New Shocks For My Vehicle?
When trying to determine if our customers in the greater Newark & Middletown area need new shocks, our automotive shock specialists tell them that if possible follow these four simple steps:
- Position one's self to a corner of the vehicle and directly above a wheel.
- With firm gestures, push down on the body of the vehicle and bounce the vehicle up and down 3 to 4 times
- When releasing the vehicle observe the reaction. When the bouncing ceases within one rise and fall after stopping the shocks are working properly. When the vehicle continues to bounce repeatedly the shocks are more than likely worn.
- Benchmark Transmission & Auto Care suggests that the shocks be inspected with a flashlight. The wheels may need to be turned to provide access when kneeled down to see them. Using the flashlight one should inspect the shocks to see if liquid is present. If liquid is present it may indicate that hydraulic fluid is leaking through faulty seals and most likely needs to be replaced.
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The service from every employee at Benchmark Transmission is unbelievable. They are very trustworthy and fair.
Rodney Pett of Philadelphia Pennsylvania
"The service from every employee at Benchmark Transmission is unbelievable. They are very trustworthy and fair. I noticed that they treat every car as if its their own. The quality of work is unbeatable. I own three trucks. They first fixed my van. They are now working on my truck. It looks like my cars like to break down in the area of their auto repair shop in Wilmington~Newark Delaware and I don't blame them. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!"
We applaud your attention to detail, outstanding customer service, reasonable pricing, honesty, integrity and quality service!
James Schnatterer of Newark Delaware
"Integrity & Honesty is something that can be hard to find these days! Dante and his staff offer just that along with superb and quality service at Benchmark Transmission of Newark, DE. Having a daughter that just turned 16, we were faced not only putting her out on the roads, but finding a car that was safe and reliable for her to drive. Dante and staff were there to help us determine if our 1991 vehicle that needed a transmission was worth fixing and handing down to our daughter. Dante took the time to go over the vehicle to ensure safety and reliability. The transmission service they provided was OUTSTANDING quality and the car drives like new thanks to Benchmark. We can't thank Dante and his staff enough for being patient with us. His honesty in what needed to be done to make this car reliable enough to put our daughter in is something that we truly value. I applaud your attention to detail, outstanding customer service, reasonable pricing, honesty, integrity and quality service! We will continue to highly recommend your shop to anyone needed transmission work. James & Julie"
have had nothing but the best service from Joe at Benchmark. I heard about them from a friend (the best kind of referral) and I was not disappointed. I had my car fixed at Benchmark a few years ago and it has been going strong ever since
Jean O'Malley of Bear Delaware
"I have had nothing but the best service from Joe at Benchmark. I heard about them from a friend (the best kind of referral) and I was not disappointed. I had my car fixed at Benchmark a few years ago and it has been going strong ever since. When the transmission on my husband's truck started to go there was no question where we would take it. Joe is professional and knowledgeable. "
I took my vehicle here and I have received nothing but complete professionalism, promptness and they were so helpful. Made me understand what was going with my vehicle in layman's terms so that I could understand the process!
Kathy Mays of Seaford Delaware
"I took my vehicle here and I have received nothing but complete professionalism, promptness and they were so helpful. Made me understand what was going with my vehicle in layman's terms so that I could understand the process! Dontae has kept me informed every step of the way. The honesty of this place was unbelievable. At this point they don't think it is my transmission and possibly a reprogamming of a module and he even helped get my car to the dealer at no cost to them. If in the future I need transmission repair work, it will be here. This is an honest place to take your vehicle. I will refer them to anyone!! Thank you Benchmark Transmission of Newark, you guys rock! "
I would like to extend my thanks to Rich and Don for quickly diagnosing my daughters Toyota problem. It was more severe than any of us expected. Your shop was right up front with me on my options since we are so far away. They kept our vehicle save and secure for over a week and never asked
Trenton New Jersey
Michael Boughton of Trenton New Jersey
"I would like to extend my thanks to Rich and Don for quickly diagnosing my daughters Toyota problem. It was more severe than any of us expected. Your shop was right up front with me on my options since we are so far away. They kept our vehicle save and secure for over a week and never asked for anything in return. To the entire staff in Middletown - THANK YOU."
Benchmark Transmission gives me the confidence that as long as I want to keep my vehicles, they will keep them running good condition.
Rod Pelkey of Newark Delaware
"I am the owner of 3 late model Ford Explorers (92, 93, 95) and a 99 Subaru Legacy. I have been dealing with Benchmark, Dante (Owner) for over 8 years. I have not alway taken the best care of my vehicles in terms of preventive maintenance, and checking into the little noises that give you that feeling that something is wrong, therefore I've experienced more problems than necessary. Despite my neglect, whenever I've taken my cars to Benchmark, I have always been treated to the best of service. Benchmark has both replaced and repaired transmissions in my vehicles, and has done wonderful work, and at a reasonable cost. I have never been dissatisfied, Dante is always willing to work with me. I have nearly 300,000 miles on one explorer, 200,000 on anther, and over 150,000 on the Legacy. Benchmark Transmission gives me the confidence that as long as I want to keep my vehicles, they will keep them running good condition. Thanks Benchmark!"
Benchmark Transmission operates with integrity, takes pride in its work, and treats the customers with courtesy
Richard Broad of Fairfax Virginia
"While I was in Middletown Delaware on business, I experienced what I thought was a transmission problem and took my car to Benchmark Transmission Middletown Delaware. Craig and John made a FREE assessment of the problem that morning, advised me of the cost, and indicated they could fix it by the next morning. When I asked if they could do the job that afternoon, they said they would try. I received a call back by 3:30 that afternoon indicating the car was ready. When I picked it up at 4, I was greeted in a pleasant manner and the charge was exactly what they had indicated. They had replaced a broken Transmission cooler line and the car now runs fine. Most places, realizing that I am not an auto mechanic, would have likely tried to install a new transmission, taken a couple of days to so, and charged a small fortune. I could not have been any more satisfied with the service. Benchmark Transmission operates with integrity, takes pride in its work, and treats the customers with courtesy I have rarely experienced. This is the finest experience I can recall ever in the maintenance of my car. It was a pleasure doing business with such high quality people."
It was a very pleasant experience dealing with Benchmark Transmission.
Carlos Rodriguez of Newark Delaware
"I hope this letter is able to transmit to you and your staff at Benchmark Transmission, the complete satisfaction I have received from your outstanding and professional service, as well as my sincere gratitude for your honesty and your dedication to providing your customers with the best job you can possibly do... I had tried several times at several places to ask for just a few minutes to be able to "show" the car's problem, but nobody would give me such time, but you. When you said "sure no problem, we'll go for a test drive together", I knew you were the right person and felt immediate confidence in you and in that whatever you found to be the problem you would do the right and honest work. I was right. It was a very pleasant experience dealing with Benchmark Transmission. I wish there were more human beings like you; truly, the world would be a better place."
You have earned our trust not only in your integrity but in your knowledge of transmissions
Jersey City New Jersey
Laurie Hall of Jersey City New Jersey
"In the 3 years since we bought our son's '99 Mustang it has had repeated transmission and clutch problems. The car is now in DE with our son who is a student there. When the Mustang recently began showing signs of yet more problems with the transmission/clutch we weren't sure where to turn. Should we have the car towed home to our mechanic in NJ or trust a total stranger in DE to diagnose and fix the problem? If we did the latter, would we get fleeced? Looking for advice we called AAA. They recommended Benchmark Transmission. My son immediately drove his car over to Benchmark. Dante and Rich checked the car over, spoke multiple times with me on the phone about their findings, and ultimately suggested that they try some simple and inexpensive adjustments to see if those might solve the problem. They did. My son picked the car up 24 hours after dropping it off and says it shifts perfectly now. Because the labor involved was not extensive Dante even refused to accept payment for his work/time. Thank you, Dante and Rich, for your honesty, for not suggesting that the only course of action was to pull the transmission and search for the root of the recurrent problem. You have earned our trust not only in your integrity but in your knowledge of transmissions as well. Rest assured that if we should need transmission work in the future, we will trust you to do it. "
I will be having all of our cars serviced at Benchmark in the future, because I know I can trust them. It truly was a pleasure doing business with them.
Sherry Keefe of Middletown Delaware
"I arrived at Benchmark Transmission sure that I was going to get the same estimate that I had just received at Union Park Honda. I was so wrong!! When Mitch called me with the estimate and it was $3800.00 less, I was in shock. I was about to buy a new car instead of having this one repaired because of the cost. I will be having all of our cars serviced at Benchmark in the future, because I know I can trust them. It truly was a pleasure doing business with them."