The transmission of your car directs power created by the engine to the drive wheels. There are roughly more than 800 parts to an automatic transmission. Each of these is intricately placed and dependent on each other. Often when one part goes, it will end up failing. It relies on the fluid for cooling and lubrication. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in for maintenance, contact us. We can advise you on a schedule, and when parts should be maintained. By keeping maintenance up to date, you can help improve the efficiency of your vehicle. No matter what issue you notice, having it repaired at the first sign of an issue is important.
Regular maintenance and keep an eye for warning signs can prevent signs of transmission failure from popping up. Check the level and color of transmission fluid regularly. Some cars have dipsticks for easy access, but others are closed systems. Change the fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Make sure the fluid pan is removed, cleaned, and a new filter is then installed. Use only manufacturer recommended fluids and fill amounts. Never switch from drive to reverse, or vice versa, while the car is still moving. Also, accelerate smoothly to allow gears to change at the correct times.
Signs of transmission failure
Deciphering between a failing transmission and a multitude of other ailments your car could have is difficult. Signs of a wearing or under performing are often hard to miss. The solution could be as simple as adding automatic transmission fluid. If there are regular signs of an issue, bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the vehicle and transmission for any signs of an issue.
Check the Transmission fluid
The fluid should be inspected to see if it is burnt or low. It should be a clear red or brown. If it is dark or thick, change it immediately. Notice if the fluid is burnt you may also notice a sweet burning smell. Be aware of any slipping or delayed response when accelerating. This can feel like your tires are spinning on ice or you will notice the rpm’s going up without your car moving. Gears should lock immediately. If you notice a delay when applying pressure to your gas pedal, it is a sign of trouble. Also notice if it stalls or refuses to move. This means that it could be close to failing completely.
Other issues could be leaking fluid. If you notice a red liquid on the ground, get it looked at immediately. Low fluid will lead to major wear. Also automatic shifting is built to be smooth and nearly unnoticeable. If you feel a jerk or shake when your vehicle shifts, you need us to inspect your transmission.