You may drive a vehicle with one of the best made transmissions in the world. You may take excellent care of your vehicle and your transmission. You may check your transmission fluid every other month. And you may never change from drive to reverse with your foot still on the accelerator. And yet still –still– your transmission will almost certainly need a repair over the course of its lifespan.
Part of the reason for this is merely the destructive nature of time. It wears down everything. But more specifically, transmissions are highly intricate and complex. Each transmission is a series of parts working in unison to make your vehicle go. If any one of those parts fails you, your transmission will need a repair. Here are four of the likeliest transmission repairs that your transmission will need some day.
A Transmission Fluid Change
While you may not consider it a “repair” per se, transmission fluid changes are required relatively frequently. And they are important. Some transmissions have (or claim to have) entirely closed systems such that the fluid never needs to be changed. If your auto manufacturer boasts this claim, you should discuss it with a technician to make sure it’s legitimate.
However, most auto manufacturers recommend changing the transmission fluid every 24,000-48,000 kms. And this holds true for both automatic and manual transmissions. Changing the transmission fluid requires that the old fluid be flushed out and new fluid poured in. It’s incredibly important to do, as well, because regular fluid changes reduce the likelihood of needing the other repairs on this list.
Because transmission fluid is so important to the transmission, you want to make sure you have enough of it. Usually this means you just have to top it up every so often. But leaks are also a fairly common occurrence. Leaks can happen for any number of reasons, but they usually relate to stress, wear, and tear on the vehicle. Never ignore patches of reddish liquid lying under your vehicle after you pull away. You need to get these leaks resealed as soon as possible.
Sensor and Solenoid Pack Problems
A big part of the transmission is shifting from gear to gear. As such, many transmission problems pertain to shifting. Modern transmissions are computer controlled. When such a transmission is experiencing shifting problems, it is often the result of the onboard computer sending incorrect signals. This can be caused by a faulty sensor or possibly because the transmission is not reacting to the command because of a bad connection or defective solenoid pack.
Replacing Accessible Parts
The parts that are the most easily accessible (ie: can be serviced without removing the transmission from the body of the vehicle) are also the likeliest to need to be replaced because they are more exposed. They suffer more wear and tear. However, the parts that are accessible are different in every transmission, so the parts themselves vary.
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Your transmission is one of the most important components of your vehicle. It’s so important that if your transmission is not working, your vehicle simply won’t move. The transmission itself, however, is anything but simple. Manual or automatic, a transmission is an intricate collection of parts and equipment that must work in harmony with one another to allow the energy generated by your engine to get to your wheels. Because the transmission is so important and so complex, we thought it would be helpful to explain some of the basics about how to care and maintain your transmission. Here are four things you should know about transmission maintenance.
Transmission fluid levels
Transmission fluid is the lifeblood of the transmission. Without transmission fluid, your transmission (and therefore, your vehicle) won’t work. And there is no transmission problem that cannot be caused or worsened by a lack of transmission fluid. That’s why it’s important to keep an adequate level of transmission fluid in your vehicle. You should check your fluid level with a dipstick at least once a year, especially if you suspect your transmission is having problems. Topping up your fluid is easy enough to do. You can do it yourself or bring it into your local Mister Transmission and we can do it for you.
Changing transmission fluid
It’s not just the quantity of transmission fluid that is important; the quality of the fluid is also key. Sometimes transmission maintenance means changing or flushing your transmission fluid. Fluid can become burned or degraded and this can cause your transmission to have problems. Normally, transmission fluid is clear with a reddish hue. However, damaged transmission fluid is often discoloured and can have an unpleasant odour. If this is the case for you, you may need to flush your transmission fluid. This can be done at home with certain transmissions, but it can be quite difficult. It might be best to bring it in and have a technician do it for you.
Listen to your transmission
A big part of transmission maintenance is just paying attention and being aware of your vehicle’s performance. A troubled transmission will often tell you it’s having a problem; you just have to listen to it. Is your transmission making odd whirring or loud clunking noises? Is it noisy even when it’s in neutral? This could indicate a transmission problem, and you should bring it in to one of our shops for a free multi-check and diagnosis.
There are some aspects of transmission maintenance that even the most accomplished auto enthusiasts can’t do at home. A big part of transmission maintenance is giving the transmission a thorough inspection from time to time. For this, you need the expertise and the equipment of professional technicians.
Mister Transmission offers a complete multi-check inspection. As part of this inspection we will perform the following four tests: A fluid check, a road test, a lift inspection/diagnosis, and a pan examination. These four tests will reveal what, if any, problems your transmission has. At the first sign of trouble, it’s never a bad idea to bring your vehicle in for regular transmission maintenance or get a free inspection. You don’t have to wait for something to go wrong.
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