Your car’s transmission is one of the most important parts of your car. It is what transmits power from your car’s engine to its wheels while controlling the high rotational speed from the engine. When something goes wrong with the transmission, it should be fixed right away. Some of the symptoms that your car might need a transmission repair: engine light comes on, unusual sounds, shaking of the car at any speed, clutch slips, burning odor, noise in neutral, transmission shifts hard, fluid leaking, or slipping of the gears.
Key Parts of a Transmission
Gears: Automatic and manual transmissions have gears. When the link that holds the gears is worn or broken, it will cause the transmission to slip.
Bell Housing: This is the metal case that covers and protects your transmission system. Flying rocks and rough driving can damage the bell housing causing it to crack and leak fluid.
Fluid: This serves as a lubricant for the moving components inside the transmission as well as coolant for transferring power from the engine to the transmission. The transmission of your car does not consume nor burn it during use but when levels of the fluid become low, most likely than not, there’s a leak. A common sign that the fluid might be running low is a burning odor.
Filter: This catches excess fluid and contaminants out of the transmission fluid before sending it to the transmission. When a filter is clogged, the clutch will slip, the vehicle will suddenly stop moving, you will hear whining noises, or your car might hesitate when backing up.
If you’re having an issue with your car’s transmission, have our technicians perform a computer diagnostic to pinpoint the exact causes. Most transmission problems can only be solved by a qualified mechanic.
To keep your transmission running properly and efficiently, adding transmission maintenance to your calendar is a must. Transmission maintenance services are advised given that your car’s transmission does not have other problems. Some of the services required are replacement of the pan gasket, removal of dirt and grime; replacement of the fluid, and replacement of the transmission filter. But like with other machines, you should check first with your car’s manufacturer.
Transmission flush is a maintenance process where all the fluid in your car’s transmission is removed. The process must be done in correct order or it might create more harm than good. Also, before deciding on getting the service, be sure to check with your owner’s manual first as not all manufacturers recommend this.
Transmission Fluid Change
When your car’s transmission gets so hot, your car will shut down or what is commonly called a “lock jaw”. Factors such as towing and snow plowing can shorten your fluid’s lifespan. Performing transmission fluid change also saves you money by preventing most of the transmission problems from occurring. Some manufacturers warn not to use replacement transmission fluid so you have to take note of that as well.