Your transmission is an incredibly important component of your car. When the transmission breaks down your car won't be able to drive effectively, if at all, as the transmission enables the application of power from the engine to the wheels. To minimize the danger to yourself and keep the repair bill on the low side, pay attention to the sounds your vehicle makes as you drive. We here at Mr. Transmission believe your car safety is important, and can explain some common transmission problems that can occur while driving, as well as what should be done about it:
- Transmission fluid leakage
The most common and obvious problem involving transmissions is the leaking of transmission fluid. When working properly, transmission fluid serves as a lubricant and a cleaner, and doubles as a hydraulic fluid. If it gets too low, the vehicle will stop moving. Automatic transmission fluid essentially functions as the catalyst for the entire drivetrain, and thus its leakage is dangerous. Drivers can easily spot such leakage underneath the car. To determine the depth of the problem, check the fluid itself. If it's bright red in color, a repair at the source of the leak is needed. A darker color with a burnt smell indicates the fluid is old or contaminated and requires either flushing or changing after repairs are made. A professional service center such as Mr. Transmission would be recommended for these types of repairs.
When a transmission works properly, it stays in gear, allowing you to maintain a consistent speed on the road while driving. When the transmission starts slipping, that won't be the case. A blog post on Angie's List explained you'll feel like your car is starting to lose speed even with the gas pedal pressed to the floor. You may also suddenly feel it shift from one gear to another – even slip into neutral – without doing so intentionally. You might also experience trouble accelerating. More than likely, there is an internal fault. In either event, head to a repair shop such as Mr. Transmission as soon as possible for a Free Performance Check to determine the cause of the problem.
- Gear grinding
Shifting between gears using either a manual or an automatic transmission should occur with no reaction from the gearbox. If there is a reaction, there is a problem. For manual transmissions, the issue is often that during a shift, you'll hear grinding sounds from the transmission. For automatic transmission vehicles, the situation is initially subtle, more like a gear wiggling into motion, but then increases over time into grinding and shaking. When these issues occur, the most likely problem is that there is something wrong with the actual gears. Sometimes, though, it may also be that gears are running out of sync.
- Check engine and general warning lights
The check engine light, usually an outline of an engine, and the general warning light – an exclamation point encapsulated within a circle – are the most universal lights to indicate car trouble. Even the transmission will give out a check engine warning, in part because it has a sensor that can detect certain problems more easily than others. Whenever you see these two lights, it is important to get to an auto repair shop such as Milex Auto Complete Care to have the vehicle checked..
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