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How to Know if You Have Transmission Problems

How to Know if You Have Transmission Problems

We really do tend to take our vehicles for granted. For many of us, they’re just a tool to get from Point A to Point B. But whenever we stop to actually think about it, this mundane tool of daily life is actually an incredibly complex and intricate invention. But we only tend to think about it when something goes wrong. When we can’t get from Point A to Point B, then we stop to think about our vehicle. And usually, we stop to complain about it. But the automobile really is a marvelous invention. And perhaps, the most intricate, complex, and impressive component of your vehicle is the transmission.

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The engine generates energy. The axle makes the wheels turn, and the tires touches the road and spin, and thus propel your vehicle. But how does the energy from the engine get transferred to the axle and then on to the tires? The answer: the transmission. The transmission converts energy generated in the engine into the rotation of your wheels. So, it’s pretty important. And to do all of this is no mean feat. It requires dozens of parts all working in tandem to make a functioning transmission. And when even just one of those components isn’t operating properly, you got a problem. A transmission problem.

Transmission Fluid Problems

Transmission problems come in many forms. Some of them subtle, some of them obvious. Let us begin with the most visually obvious: the transmission fluid leak. If you see patches of reddish liquid pooling underneath your vehicle when you’re parked, then you have a transmission leak. The solution here is a transmission reseal. Sometimes one isolated spot needs a reseal; other times, a complete reseal is required. You don’t want to procrastinate here.

There is no transmission problem that cannot be caused or exacerbated by a lack of transmission fluid. But insufficient quantity of transmission fluid is only one problem. Insufficient quality is another. Transmission fluid can become degraded and burnt. If you check your transmission fluid and it smells bad or is discoloured and opaque, your transmission fluid should be flushed out and changed.

Other Transmission Problems

There a lot of problems that you can feel when it comes to the transmission. Shifting gears should be a smooth and easy process. But sometimes it’s not. Sometimes your transmission provides resistance and it grinds and clunks when you switch gears. This is a problem. On the other hand, transmissions can slip out of gear. This usually happens right after you have changed gears and it usually slips into neutral, but not always. This is a very dangerous transmission problem indeed.

Other problems are problems you can hear. Along with the with grinding noises transmission sometimes make when there’s a problem with switching gears, problematic transmissions sometimes make sounds while in neutral. These noises including whining and whining. All of these problems can have different causes and will require different solutions. Sometimes your vehicle’s onboard computer is sending or receiving mixed signals. Sometimes there’s a defective solenoid pack. Other times the transmission will have to be removed from the vehicle in order to find the problem.

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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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What is a transmission overhaul?

transmission overhaul

As with many components of your automobile, the earlier you spot an issue with your transmission and bring it in for a repair, the greater the chance that the repair will be relatively quick and simple. Of course, it is not always easy to identify transmission problems nor can all problems be, “nipped in the bud”, so to speak. Nevertheless, it is always best to bring your vehicle in for an inspection and possible repair at the first sign of trouble.

If you don’t, (and, sadly, sometimes even if you do) you could be facing a transmission overhaul. A transmission overhaul is a very detailed and involved type of repair. Just what goes into it can be complicated, so this article will endeavour to explain the details of a transmission overhaul.

Transmission repair

The truth is that a great deal of transmission repairs can be done relatively painlessly. It’s impressive how many problems can be resolved by topping up or changing out the transmission fluid as well as maybe repairing a leak. But this is not a catchall; there are a number of transmission problems that this won’t repair.

Sometimes, a part needs to be replaced. Skilled technicians can often identify which part it is by running various tests and diagnostics, both physical and digital in the case of computer controlled transmissions. There are a number of parts that are accessible without requiring the removal of the complete transmission from the body of the vehicle.

The parts that are accessible, however, vary from transmission to transmission and most transmission repair facilities would hesitate to provide meaningful warranties on external repairs for the simple reason that they cannot see if there are any additional internal problems in the components that are only accessible by transmission removal. And of course, there are many parts that are not accessible. In these cases, you’re looking at a complete overhaul.

Transmission overhaul

A transmission overhaul (also known as rebuilding a transmission) requires the removal and disassembly of the transmission in its entirety. Every part of the transmission is inspected for wear and damage, and then it is cleaned in a special cleaning solution, or replaced with another part depending on its condition. Parts that have friction surfaces, such as bands and clutches, are replaced as are all seals and gaskets.

The torque converter is also replaced, usually with a re-manufactured one. Technical service bulletins are checked to see if the auto manufacturer recommends any modifications to correct design defects that were discovered after the transmission was built. Automobile manufacturers often make upgrade kits available to transmission shops to resolve these design defects.

As you can tell, a transmission overhaul is serious business. It is not a first resort nor is it a quick and simple job. Responsible technicians will only recommend a transmission overhaul if the problem your transmission is experiencing is a severe or unknown one. However, the plus side of a transmission overhaul is that it is so complete that it often prevents the development of any future serious transmission problems for a long time to come.

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Common Transmission Problems – Tackling Slipping & Shifting Problems

Common Transmission Problems

Transmissions are complex and intricate pieces of machinery. Figuring out if they are performing at optimal levels can be tricky. Figuring out exactly why they are not performing at optimal levels is even trickier. This is why skilled transmission technicians are so valuable; they can spot and figure out what the average driver cannot. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn a little about transmission problems and how to identify them yourself.

The basic problems

Let us begin with the more basic transmission problems. Actually, let us begin with the most basic of the basic: your warning light. If your transmission warning light is flashing, you have to bring your vehicle in for inspection. This should go without saying, but unfortunately, many people carry on ignoring their warning lights. This is bad. Even if the problem is merely a computer error that lights up the warning light mistakenly, then at least get that checked out and fixed.

Second, we have fluid leaks. A transmission fluid leak is also pretty easy to spot. Do you see a reddish liquid underneath where your vehicle was parked as you drive away? Well, that’s transmission fluid and it’s supposed to be in your transmission, not on your driveway. A leak is often a fairly straightforward reseal job. But for big leaks, a complete reseal may be necessary.

Slipping problems

If your transmission fluid is leaking, this can cause a number of problems. Many transmission problems are linked to an insufficient amount of fluid. One common transmission problem is  slipping. If you feel your transmission slip out of gear into another one which you did not intend, this is a problem. For starters, check your transmission fluid level and top it up if necessary.

Keep in mind, though, that your fluid level is not the only matter to be aware of. The fluid itself can be burnt or damaged. The transmission fluid should be a translucent reddish color. If it the fluid is discoloured or has an unpleasant odour, this could be a sign of deeper transmission problems. Top off your fluid and change out any tarnished fluid. If the problem persists, however, you will need to bring you vehicle in for further investigation. A slipping transmission is just too dangerous to ignore.

Shifting problems

In addition to slipping, rough or harsh shifts are also an indicator that something is wrong with your transmission. You want your shifts in and out of gear to be smooth and easy, not choppy and bumpy. Delayed engagement is another sign of a transmission problem. Of course, all transmissions are different and operate differently. But you want your transmission to respond and engage quickly, so you can be sure your transmission is running efficiently and that you are driving a safe and properly working vehicle. It’s pretty important.

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