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5 of the Most Common Transmission Problems

Most Common Transmission Problems

Are you worried that there is something wrong with your transmission? Are you worried that something might happen to your transmission? It’s not always easy to tell when your transmission is acting up. With some parts of your vehicle, a problem can be plain to see, but with the transmission? This is not always so. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are five of the most common transmission problems.

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We begin our list of the top five most common transmission problems with one of the easiest ones to notice. When you shift gears in your vehicle, you expect your vehicle to, you know, shift gears. But sadly, this does not always happen. From the moment you put the key in the ignition and shift from park into drive, your vehicle should immediately go into the correct gear. For automatic transmissions, there is sometimes a delay before you feel the gear engage when trying to shift gears. This is usually a transmission problem.

What’s that smell?

Unless you’re sitting by a crackling campfire or fireplace, the smell of burning is rarely a good thing. And so too is this true for transmissions. If you smell burning coming from your transmission, you have a problem. This is often caused by low quality or quantity of transmission fluid. When transmission fluid breaks down, this causes increased friction the transmission will overheat.

Noise in neutral

Vehicles make noise. That’s what they do. When your vehicle is in neutral, however, it shouldn’t be making too much noise. If your transmission makes a great deal of noise while in neutral, you could have an issue. Luckily, this common problem can often be resolved by topping up or changing your transmission fluid.

Dragging Clutch

A manual transmission is more likely to experience a dragging clutch. If the clutch disk doesn’t disengage the flywheel when the clutch pedal is pressed, your clutch is dragging. The clutch still spins with the engine, though, and this makes it much more difficult (and sometimes impossible) to change gears. A dragging clutch will also often make a grinding noise when you try to change gears.

Obviously, you don’t want to experience any of these five most common transmission problems. But, luckily, a dragging clutch is often one of the more inexpensive transmission problems to get repaired. Frequently, the cause of a dragging clutch is an overabundance of slack in the clutch pedal. When there is too much slack, the linkage between the clutch disk and pedal it can’t pull  the clutch disk away from the flywheel.

Low fluid

As mentioned before, transmission fluid is vital to the health of your transmission. That is why whenever you see a patch of transmission fluid on the pavement where your car just was, you need to get that leak repaired right away. You should routinely check your transmission fluid levels to make sure you have enough fluid there. Furthermore, you must make sure that your fluid is still of good quality. Discoloured or malodorous transmission fluid is damaged transmission fluid. 

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If you have been experiencing one (or more) of these dreaded five most common transmission problems, or any other transmission problems for that matter, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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What are the Worst Transmission Problems?

Transmission Problems

Transmission problems are some of the trickiest and most difficult to pin down that you will ever encounter in your life of driving and owning vehicles. That is because transmissions, unlike other automobile parts, are not simply one part themselves, but rather a series of components working together to fulfill a task, so transmissions, by their very nature, are complex. And they’ve become more complex as they’ve evolved, as well. All of this means that, it can be tough to pinpoint a transmission problem when you have one. And it can be even tougher to fix some transmission problems.

The obvious transmission problem

Let us begin with the basics. What is the most basic, most obvious, most easily identifiable transmission problem? A leak. Do you see a small patch of reddish, translucent liquid under your vehicle after you drive away? If so, you got yourself a leak.

As far as transmission problems go, this is not the worst. A leak, provided it is relatively small, can usually be resealed with relative ease, so there’s no need to fret. However, if your entire transmission requires resealing, now we’re getting into more involved work. In this case, the transmission itself would have to be removed and lifted out of the body of the vehicle in order to be resealed completely. Any time we’re talking about a problem that requires the removal of the transmission from the vehicle, we’re talking about a pretty bad problem.

Wear and tear transmission problems

But thankfully, a lot of transmission problems do not require the removal of the transmissions nor a complete overhaul. A lot of transmission problems are remedied by the replacing of parts that are accessible without removing the transmission. Many of these, and other problems, are caused by wear and tear on the transmission that has accrued over the years. It is important to remember that by bringing your vehicle in for regular service, you can avoid major transmission problems in the future and prolong the lifespan of your transmission and maintain its efficiency.

Shifting problems

A common transmission problem relates to shifting gears. If it is difficult to shift gears, or if your vehicle slips out of gear, you have a transmission problem. How bad are these transmission problems? Well that depends. It depends on…how bad the problem is. Experiencing some sticking or resistance when shifting gears is annoying, but it’s not a catastrophe. At least not yet. It’s extremely important to bring in your vehicle at the first detection of transmission problems.

This is because what were once minor transmission problems can become major transmission problems in short order. If you start slipping out of gear while cruising down the highway, you could be in serious trouble. We often take our vehicles for granted, but the massive number of vehicular collisions and the injuries and even fatalities they cause should act as a reminder to us: never ignore a transmission (or any other type of) problem. Don’t let minor problems grow into massive ones. 

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3 Most Common Transmission Problems

Transmission Problems

We all want to treat our vehicles and our transmissions well and give them the best chance at longevity and a life free of problems. But it can be hard to know exactly how to do that. Transmissions have become more and more complex in recent decades. Increased digitization has made transmissions perform noticeably better than before, but they have also complicated transmissions and there can be a lot of things that can go wrong. And a lot of possible causes for those problems, as well.

Transmission problems

There are several common transmission problems that can occur fairly regularly. And all these problems can have different causes. There’s no “one-all” cause of transmission problems…except, there kind of is. Wear and tear. The older and more used a piece of machinery or equipment becomes, such as a transmission or automobiles more generally, the likelier you are to incur problems. That’s just a fact; time is not particularly kind to anyone or anything. But you can’t not drive your vehicle in the hopes of avoiding transmission problems; that’s silly. So what can we learn about some of the more common causes of transmission problems?

Fluid leaks

Perhaps the most easily identifiable transmission problem to detect for most drivers is a fluid leak. If you’re seeing patches and trails of red fluid as your drive away, the chances are that your transmission is leaking. Well, what causes leaks?
One of the primary causes of transmission fluid leaks are gaps in your transmission. But these can be difficult to narrow down because the leak could be just about anywhere: a space in a pan gasket, torque converter, fluid lines, the transmission pan, or the seals. However, there’s no need to panic. Most (though not all) reseal jobs are relatively straightforward.

Slipping transmissions

Another common problem is a transmission that slips. A slipping transmission usually (but not always) has one specific cause. Thankfully, it also has a relatively easy solution. Low levels of transmission fluid can cause transmission slippage, as well as a whole host of other problems. If you think you have noticed your transmission slipping, check your fluid levels with a dipstick and if the level is too low, replace the fluid. Checking and changing your transmission fluid are both things we can do for you at Mister Transmission.

Technical diagnostics

As mentioned earlier, transmissions have become increasingly computerized over the years. This means that many transmission problems are now, in essence, computer problems. Such problems do not have clear causes or solutions. At least, not clear to the naked eye.

At Mister Transmission, our technicians utilize diagnostic equipment they connect to your vehicle’s on-board computer. This produces a code stating where the transmission’s problem lies. Next, we take the vehicle for a test drive so that we can monitor its behaviour in real-time. While more comprehensive and hands-on evaluations may yet be required, technology is an important tool in determining the right starting point for further investigations.

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How Do You Diagnose Transmission Problems?

Diagnose Transmission Problems

Diagnostics is the process by which you determine the cause of (diagnose) a transmission’s problem. Diagnostics is obviously a very important practice because without it, fixing any transmission problem would be complete guess work. You can have the most talented technicians in world trying to fix a problem, but if they don’t know what the problem is, they are not going to be able to fix your transmission. So how do technicians diagnose transmission problems?

Transmission problems

Transmission problems can arise from a plethora of causes. Sometimes it is simple enough to determine the problem. If you’re seeing transmission fluid underneath your vehicle after every time you park, you likely have a leak. But some problems, especially computer problems with computerized transmissions, can be especially tricky. That’s why you need professional and well-trained transmission technicians working on your transmission to diagnose the problem.

Technological diagnostics

At the best equipped and modern transmission service centres (such as Mister Transmission) you will find cutting-edge diagnostic equipment. This equipment is crucial because it allows technicians to offer you the fastest and most accurate findings with regards to just what is going on inside your vehicle’s transmission. Like all technology, transmissions have changed a lot in recent years. Today’s vehicles come equipped with complex computer systems. And modern diagnostic technology can communicate with your automobile’s computer systems to determine your specific transmission problems.

The first step

The first step in determining your transmission problems consists of the technician connecting the diagnostic equipment to your vehicle’s on-board computer. This will produce a code stating where the problem lies. Following this, the vehicle should be taken for a test drive so that the technicians can monitor the transmission’s behaviour in real-time. While more comprehensive and hands-on evaluations might still be necessary, today’s technology is an integral tool in determining the best starting point for further investigations.

Mister Transmission’s diagnosis of transmission problems

When a Mister Transmission technician hooks up a scanner to your car’s computer system, within seconds, he may read a diagnostic trouble code like “P0732,” which refers to an incorrect gear-two ratio. What on earth does this mean? Put simply, this means the transmission didn’t shift into second gear properly.

After retrieving this information, the technician will conduct a short test drive and monitor all of the input and output speed sensors data, as well as the car’s engine control unit. This is the  unit which is responsible for sending and receiving that data. Upon completion, our certified experts can determine the exact cause of the vehicle’s problems, and then figure out if the problem is the transmission or a digital malfunction between the car’s computer and the transmission.

Complex transmissions = complex problems

The transmission is a very complicated and sophisticated piece of equipment. And this is even truer of the transmissions found in newer vehicles. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to transmission problems, and anyone who says otherwise is either ignorant or a charlatan. To ensure your vehicle’s well-being –and yours– you should only trust certified experts to diagnose your transmission problems.

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If you have any questions about the transmission diagnostic process or would like to know more about transmission problems in general, please get in touch with us today. We will do our best to have your transmission up and running perfectly in no time.

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