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How Can You Tell if a Transmission is Working Properly?

How Can You Tell if a Transmission is Working Properly?

How can you tell if your transmission is working properly? Usually, you can do so by the absence of observable problems. The truth is that it’s much easier to tell if your transmission is not working properly. This article will go over some of the telltale signs that you have a transmission problem as well as some of the things you can do if you have a nagging feeling that something is amiss, but you’re not sure what.

Symptoms of Transmission Problems

The easiest way to figure out if there’s something wrong with your transmission is if there’s an obvious problem. Granted, you don’t want to ever have any transmission problems if you can help it. But if you know what the signs are and able to identify them, then at least you can take the proper steps to get them fixed right away.

Some common symptoms of transmission problems include:

  • Slipping out of gear
  • Transmission rejecting gear changes
  • Grinding, clunking, or resistance when shifting gears
  • A smell of burning
  • Whirring, thumping, or other odd sounds coming from your transmission
  • Patches of reddish liquid on the pavement under your vehicle (sign of a transmission fluid leak)
  • Transmission fluid has a foul odour or is discoloured/opaque (sign of damaged or burned transmission fluid)

The Multi-Check Inspection

If you have observed any of the above symptoms from your transmission you should bring it into a reputable transmission shop to get the problem fixed. And you should do it sooner rather than later; it doesn’t pay to procrastinate. However, these symptoms generally present only when a problem has become severe enough to be noticed. Is there anyway to identify a problem sooner? Well, yes, there is.

Mister Transmission offers a four-part multi-check inspection as part of our transmission services. The multi-check inspection is almost certain to be able to find any problems or inefficiencies with your transmission. The multi-check inspection includes:

  • A Fluid Check
  • A Road Test
  • A Lift Inspection/Diagnosis
  • A Pan Examination

The Fluid Check

            –The fluid check examines your transmission fluid. If the fluid is damaged or depleted, this could be the cause of or a symptom of a problem.

The Road Test

            -Sometimes the best way to examine a transmission is to get the vehicle out on the road to see how it handles. Our technicians will take careful notice of how the transmission responds to commands and everything it does. Or doesn’t do, as the case may be.

The Lift Inspection/Diagnosis

            -During the lift inspection a Mister Transmission technician will examine the following:

  • Neutral Switch
  • Engine RPM
  • Throttle Linkage
  • Modulators
  • Transmission Mounts
  • U-Joints
  • Fluid Retention
  • Electronic Controls

The Pan Examination

           -The pan examination is the most important part of the Mister Transmission multi-check inspection. In all pans, you can expect to see some metal particles and friction material. However, an excess of this material indicates internal wear and damage. If that is the case, and it is determined that a minor adjustment will not correct the problem, we will recommend Mister Transmission’s inspection service. This service will determine exactly what is wrong inside your transmission.

Reach Out

If you would like to learn more about the Mister Transmission multi-check inspection or about how to properly evaluate your transmission’s health, please reach out and get in touch with us today.

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Slipping Transmissions, Rough Gear Changes, and Other Transmission Problem Symptoms

Transmission Problem Symptoms

Modern vehicles are far more complicated than we often give them credit for being. Even the old Model T was a fairly complicated piece of mechanical engineering. And now with most every vehicle possessing on board computers, automobiles are more complex than ever. We also tend to take our vehicles for granted; we often don’t think about them until something goes wrong.

When something goes wrong, because automobiles are now so complex, and because most of us are not mechanics, it can be really difficult to pinpoint exactly what or where the problem is. You may be able to tell something is wrong, but just not exactly what. Or, you may be able to tell what is wrong, but you don’t know what’s causing the problem, let alone how to fix it. This article will go over how some transmission problems manifest themselves in your vehicle so you can tell if it is your transmission that is acting up.

Transmission problem symptoms

There are several symptoms of transmission problems; things that you can notice go wrong when your transmission is not operating at its peak efficiency. Some of the most common transmission problem symptoms are the following:

Slipping Transmission slipping is pretty much just what it sounds like: when your transmission slips from one gear into another. This can obviously be very dangerous and, at the very least, annoying. You do not want your transmission slipping gears on you.

Rough shifts – The opposite of slipping can be just as problematic. Rough shifts are when you feel or hear bumps, jolts, and grinding when you shift gears.

Delayed engagement – If your transmission doesn’t engage, or catch, your gear when you shift into it, this is a problem. Many problems within your transmission can cause it to lag behind you when you shift gears.

Leaks – If there is a problem with the seal around your transmission, you will see transmission fluid underneath your vehicle after you’ve parked. A lack of transmission fluid can cause or exacerbate any of these problems, so a leak could be a big problem.

Warning light – Not every vehicle comes with a warning light that is specific to your transmission, but even the generic and common “Check Engine” light, when lit, can refer to your transmission. Regardless, do not ignore this light. When you see it, bring your vehicle into a garage for inspection.

The possible causes for any of the above symptoms are numerous. As mentioned above, a lack or an insufficient quality of transmission fluid can be a contributor to all of these symptoms, so it is important to regularly check and change your transmission fluid. Other problems that can lead to these symptoms can include defective solenoid packs, wear and tear on any given part within your transmission, or errors with your vehicle’s onboard computer. These problems can be extremely difficult to diagnose and fix on your own –even impossible– so if you’re experiencing symptoms of transmission problems, you better bring them into Mister Transmission.

Contact us

If you think you have noticed some symptoms of transmission problems in your vehicle, please bring it into the shop or contact our transmission shop. We should be able to have it up and running properly in a reasonable time for a reasonable price.

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