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How to Avoid Transmission Problems

How to Avoid Transmission Problems

At Mister Transmission, we have a way to fix any transmission problem that our customers present us with. Sometimes it’s a relatively easy fix. Sometimes it’s a very involved fix, such as taking apart and inspecting an entire transmission, piece by piece. Some transmission fixes take longer than others and some are more expensive than others. But no matter what the job, we perform all of our transmission fixes fully, professionally, honestly, and as quick as possible.

Having said all that, even with our commitment to great service, we know none of our customers want to see us for a transmission fix. There is no convenient time for a transmission problem and anytime you have a transmission problem, and nobody wants to spend money to fix transmission problems, even the inexpensive ones. Having said all that, we at Mister Transmission do have some suggestions of things you can do to avoid coming to see us any more than you have to. Here are some tips to help you avoid transmission problems.

Check your transmission fluid

Let’s start with the basics: your transmission fluid. We can’t count how many transmission problems we’ve seen that ultimately come down to a lack of transmission fluid. If you don’t have enough transmission fluid, you’re going to put a real strain on your transmission, and this will inevitably cause problems. This is why you should check your transmission fluid regularly –every month, even– to make sure you’re up to the right level. If not, you have to top it up. And if you see patches of reddish liquid underneath your automobile when you’re parked, then you have a transmission leak. You must bring your vehicle into a Mister Transmission as soon as possible to fix a leak before it causes a major transmission problem.

But it’s not just about quantity with transmission fluid. The quality of your transmission fluid is also important. Automatic transmission fluid is mostly clear with a reddish hue and is largely odorless. If your transmission fluid is dark and opaque, or if it has a foul smell to it, then this is an indicator of damage inside your transmission. In such a case, your transmission fluid should be flushed out and your transmission inspected by a technician for any problems. If you drive a manual transmission that does not use automatic transmission fluid, much of the above still applies to how you should treat your transmission oil.

Use the right transmission fluid

There are different types of transmission fluids that are better suited to certain makes of transmission. Using the right type of transmission fluid for your transmission is key. Check your auto manufacturer’s booklet to see which transmission fluid they recommend or bring your vehicle in and we can tell you. Newer vehicles generally do better with synthetic transmission fluids.

Avoid excess heat and strain

In terms of using your transmission, there are a few things you can do. Transmissions don’t like to get to hot so try to stay cool. Some transmissions can benefit from the installation of an auxiliary cooler. If you use your vehicle for towing, do not do so in overdrive.

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5 Common Automatic Transmission Problems

5 Common Automatic Transmission Problems

Transmission problems can be a real hassle. If your muffler isn’t working properly or if you’re tires are not properly pumped up, these are problems that should definitely be attended to as quickly as possible, but they’re unlikely to ruin your whole day. A problem with your automatic transmission, however, that can cancel all your plans for an extended period of time. It can also be very dangerous. But knowledge is power, so let us arm you against potential automatic transmission problems by discussing five of the most common problems, their causes, and their solutions.

  • Insufficient Levels of or Degraded Transmission Fluid

This is perhaps the most common problem, but if it is caught early enough, it can also be the easiest to fix. Transmission fluid is the lifeblood of the transmission. An automatic transmission cannot work properly without enough transmission fluid. Furthermore, that fluid needs to be of a sufficient quality.

The truth is that there is no automatic transmission problem that cannot be caused or exacerbated by a lack of quality transmission fluid. Checking and topping up one’s transmission fluid is a very easy and painless process. You can do it yourself or bring it into Mister Transmission and we can do it for you. However, if you’ve perceived problems with your automatic transmission, the first thing you should do is check your fluid.

Sometimes a transmission will have the correct level of fluid but the fluid itself will be degraded. Good fluid will be a reddish, translucent colour. An unpleasant odour or discoloration indicates that the fluid is no longer in good shape and/or there are other problems with your transmission. Mister Transmission can remove your fluid and replace it with new fluid if we suspect that is the problem.

  • Slipping

Automatic transmissions sometimes have the problem of slipping. This happens when your transmission “slips” out of one gear and into another. As you can imagine, this can be a very unnerving, annoying, and even dangerous problem. Slipping transmissions also often cause the vehicle to have trouble accelerating.

As mentioned above, a slipping transmission can be caused by a lack of transmission fluid. This should be easy enough to fix, but this problem could also indicate a more serious problems. A slipping transmission could also be caused by worn out or broken transmission bands, clutches or gears or by solenoid problems.

  • Grinding

Grinding is the opposite problem of slipping. An automatic transmission will sometimes grind when you try to shift gears, making it difficult to do so. Interestingly, a grinding problem can be caused by all the same things that can cause a slipping transmission.

  • Noises

It pays to listen to your transmission. Generally, it should not be very noisy. Unusual and especially loud noises are often a sign of a problem with an automatic transmission. If you shift the gear to neutral and it’s still noisy, you likely have a transmission problem. Also, keep an ear out for whining, clunking, and humming.

  • Check Engine Light

If your check engine light is flashing, please don’t ignore it. Bring it to your local Mister Transmission for a free multi-check and diagnosis as it could indicate an automatic transmission problem.

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If you would like to learn more about some common automatic transmission problems, their causes, and their solutions, please get in touch with us today.

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How to Anticipate Automatic Transmission Problems

Automatic Transmission Problems

In sports, it is often said that the best defence is a good offence. If we extrapolate from this aphorism and translate the meaning to the context of vehicle care, it is best to remain ever vigilant with regards to transmission problems. The best way to avoid major problems with your transmission is to anticipate them and head them off at the proverbial pass. If you notice a small problem, get it fixed by a professional Transmission Shop before it becomes a big problem. And do whatever you can to avoid the development of problems in the first place. It may take some time and effort, but if you can anticipate transmission problems before they occur, you will save yourself a lot more time and effort in the long run, as well as money.

Automatic transmission problems

But just how do you anticipate problems with your automatic transmission? How can you know if things are about to go pear shaped? Well, the first thing you need to do is arm yourself with knowledge. You need to know what some common automatic transmission problems are before you can anticipate them. So let’s first go over some of the most common symptoms of problems with automatic transmissions:

  • Slipping – transmission slipping from one gear into another
  • Rough shifts – hearing or experiencing bumps or jolts when you shift gears
  • Delayed shifts – when your transmission lags behind you when you shift gears
  • Leaks – when you see transmission fluid underneath your vehicle after you’ve parked, you have a transmission fluid leak
  • Warning light – an obvious one, but still far too often ignored; a warning light (such as “Check Engine”) could indicate a problem with your transmission.

If you experience any of the above problems, bring your vehicle in for inspection and repair immediately. The longer you wait, the greater the risk of the problem worsening, which could you leave you with a larger repair bill, stranded by the side of the highway, or worse still, in a collision.

Prevention is better than cure

Just like you should eat your daily serving of vegetables and avoid junk food in order to maintain good health for the future, so too should you take care of your vehicle to prevent future problems. Most any transmission problem can be caused or exacerbated by insufficient levels or poor quality of transmission fluid. This is why you should check your transmission fluid regularly. If your fluid is a reddish translucent colour, you should be OK. If your transmission fluid is dark and smells funny, you should change it. You can change your transmission fluid yourself, or bring it into the shop if you would rather not spend time on it yourself.

Also, just like with your body, you shouldn’t deprive your transmission of regular checkups. At Mister Transmission, we have our Multi-Check Inspection that methodically tests all aspects of your transmission and can find any problems with your car’s transmission, including problems you may not have even noticed yourself.

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If you think your transmission is due for an inspection or you suspect you’re already experiencing automatic (or even manual) transmission problems,  please bring your vehicle into the shop or contact our transmission shop  today.

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