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How Do You Stop A Transmission From Slipping?

How Do You Stop A Transmission From Slipping?

Slipping is one of the most common symptoms of a failing and damaged transmission. Unfortunately, it’s also very annoying. And, what’s more, it can be quite dangerous. So, what are conscientious drivers supposed to do? What can one do? How do you stop a transmission from slipping?

How Much Does It Cost To Fix A Slipping Transmission?

You stop a transmission from slipping by bringing your vehicle into a Mister Transmission repair shop. There are just far too many possible causes of a slipping transmission that trying to diagnose the problem and fix it yourself would be almost impossible. And just letting it continue to slip is not an option. So, you have to get it fixed. But what will that cost you?

That question, as you might guess, is impossible to answer without knowing the specifics of your case. Broadly speaking, there are a few universal truths. Slipping, like all transmission problems, doesn’t get better over time, it gets worse. That means the cost of fixing any problem can only increase over time. Even if you’re not sure if your transmission is slipping, you should bring it in. What would you rather do? Bring it in now for a free Multi-Check inspection to diagnose a problem and pay for a minor repair or pay for a transmission overhaul?

Is It Cheaper To Rebuild Or Replace A Transmission?

If left to progress of its own accord, whatever is causing your transmission to slip can do serious damage to your transmission. If this happens, or if the cause of your slipping transmission cannot be identified, your transmission might need to be rebuilt or replaced. A transmission rebuild, which is also known as a transmission overhaul, consists of the removal of the transmission from the chassis and its dissection, piece by piece. Every piece is inspected and then either cleaned or replaced. A transmission replacement is the complete replacement of a transmission with another, usually refurbished transmission.

Which is better? A transmission rebuild or replacement? Which costs more? Again, individual cases will vary, but generally a transmission rebuild is cheaper. Depending on which parts need to be replaced, a transmission rebuild might cost you a couple thousand dollars. A replacement could cost as much as $8000. And we at Mister Transmission usually caution our customers against choosing a transmission replacement. Replacement transmissions have unknown provenances and this can cause more problems and more transmission slipping in the future.

Can Old Transmission Fluid Cause Slipping?

Yes, it can. Old or damaged transmission can do your transmission more harm than good. More than old transmission fluid, though, a lot of transmission slipping is caused by low levels of fluid. Make sure to check your fluid levels regularly and top it off when necessary.

Can You Drive A Car With A Slipping Transmission?

You can, but if you’re driving anywhere but to a transmission repair shop, you’re being foolish. Transmission slips are not just annoying and not just a sign of damage to your transmission, they are dangerous. Transmission slipping can cause your vehicle to crash and could end up killing you, or somebody else. Why take that chance?

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What Are The Symptoms Of A Bad Torque Converter?

What Are The Symptoms Of A Bad Torque Converter?

The torque converter is a key component of your automobile. It needs to be working properly if you’re going to have a smooth ride. If it’s not working, you’re in trouble. The torque converter is a type of fluid coupling (also known as a hydraulic coupling) that transfers rotating mechanical power generated by the engine to a rotating driven load. The torque converter is an alternative to a mechanical clutch and in a vehicle with automatic transmission it connects the power source to the load. The torque converter is usually located between the engine’s flex plate and the transmission.

Torque converters can multiply torque. Simple fluid coupling can match rotational speed but cannot multiply torque, so using a torque converter allows for more power. Some torque converters are also equipped with a “lockup” mechanism which rigidly binds the engine to the transmission when their speeds are nearly equal in order to avoid slippage and a resulting loss of efficiency. In short, the torque converter is important. So how do you know if you have a bad one?

What Happens When A Torque Converter Goes Bad?

How can you know if you have a bad torque converter? What are the symptoms of a bad torque converter? Well, if your transmission has been slipping out of gear, this could be a symptom of a bad torque converter. This typically happens when you switch gears and your transmission slips into neutral of its own accord. Moreover, sounds such as shuddering, clunking, whirring, and humming are rarely good news. These could all be signs that something is amiss with your torque converter.

Your transmission tends to get hot, but heat is also the enemy of transmissions. Overheating is a problem that affects many transmissions and this can be caused by a faulty torque converter. High stall speeds are also a symptom of a bad torque converter. The trouble with all of these symptoms, though, is that there could be something wrong with your torque converter long before you notice any of them. That’s why monthly transmission fluid checks are crucial to maintaining a healthy transmission. Dirty transmission fluid –that is opaque or foul-smelling transmission fluid– can be a symptom of a bad torque converter.

What Causes Torque Converter Failure?

But what are some of the causes of all the aforementioned symptoms of a bad torque converter? Many problems can be caused by excessive friction which is usually a sign that a torque converter’s needle bearings have become damaged. Faulty seals are also a prime suspect; they allow fluid to leak and become contaminated. Faulty clutch solenoids are also common causes of torque converter failures.

Can A Bad Torque Converter Damage A Transmission?

Yes, absolutely. Bad torque converters can cause overheating, friction damage, and transmission fluid degradation. The longer these problems continue, the more damaged your transmission will get.

Does A Torque Converter Come With A Transmission?

Yes. Provided it’s an automatic transmission. Your transmission won’t be able to transfer power from the engine to the axles without a torque converter. In a manual transmission, the equivalent is the mechanical clutch. Sometimes a torque converter has to be replaced independent of the transmission.

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6 Must-Know Facts About Automatic Transmissions

6 Must-Know Facts About Automatic Transmissions

Vehicles are complicated. Modern vehicles even moreso. It seems that ease of driving correlates with the complexity of how the machinery actually functions. Automatic transmissions are easier to drive than manual transmissions, because the transmission does more of the work for you. But just how they work can be quite confusing. If you would like to know a little more about what you’re driving every day, here are six basic facts about automatic transmissions.

1. Automatic Transmissions Are Different From Manual Transmissions

This one is kind of obvious, but there are significant differences between automatic and manual transmissions. Automatic transmissions are called such because they automatically change gear ratios as the vehicle moves. This frees the driver from having to shift gears manually. Like manual transmissions, the automatic transmission allows the engine to provide a range of speed and torque outputs that make vehicular travel possible. Another key difference between manual and automatic transmissions is that manual transmissions sometimes use transmission oil but automatic transmissions always use. . .

2. Automatic Transmissions Use Automatic Transmission Fluid

Automatic transmission fluid. It’s what keeps your automatic transmission running. It keeps it lubricated and helps to cool everything down.

3. Synthetic Transmission Fluid Is Usually Best

Check your vehicle’s manual to see which type of automatic transmission fluid your manufacturer recommends for your vehicle. Automatic transmissions often perform best when you use synthetic transmission fluid.

4. Check Your Automatic Transmission Fluid Regularly

Because your automatic transmission fluid is so integral to your vehicle’s performance, you should check it regularly. It’s a good idea to check your fluid every 16,000 kilometers or even every month just to make sure your levels are right and that the fluid is in good condition. If your transmission fluid looks opaque and/or smells bad, this is a sign that something is wrong. Bring your vehicle to a transmission shop.

5. Heat = Bad

Things tend to get hot under the hood of your vehicle. That’s unavoidable. But you have to be careful. Excess heat can do your transmission a world of damage. And it’s not hard to tip over that line from acceptable heat to dangerous temperatures. As many as 90% of all transmission failures can be caused by excess heat. Reducing heat means extending the lifespan of your vehicle. The best way to do this might be by installing an auxiliary cooler. This is especially a good idea if you use your vehicle for towing. An auxiliary cooler can reduce temperatures from 30% to 50%.

6. There Are Numerous Symptoms Of An Automatic Transmission Problem

Not sure if you have a problem with your automatic transmission? There are some telltale problems. You might have an automatic transmission problem if you experience any of the following:

  • Odd noises including whirring, humming, and clunking
  • If your transmission slips out of gear, typically by dropping into neutral right after you switched into drive or reverse
  • If your transmission offers resistance when you try to change gears and it grinds
  • Sudden changes in your Revolutions Per Minute (RPM)
  • Sluggish acceleration

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If you have any questions about automatic transmissions, Mister Transmission would be happy to answer them. For more information or to schedule an inspection or repair for your automatic transmission, please contact us.

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Everything You Need to Know About Transmission Fluid Changes (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Everything You Need to Know About Transmission Fluid Changes (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Transmission fluid: it’s important. If you drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission, your vehicle won’t work without automatic transmission fluid. Manual transmission vehicles can also use transmission fluid as well but can also use something called transmission oil. Regardless, the principle is much the same. You need transmission fluid to operate your vehicle. But your transmission fluid will need changing occasionally. How do you know when that is? This article will go over everything you need to know about transmission fluid changes (but were afraid to ask).

Transmission Fluid

Without transmission fluid, you’ll have nothing to lubricate the various components within your transmission. The transmission is not one solid unit but rather a piece of machinery that is comprised of many constituent parts. All those parts need to be working together just so in order for the transmission to operate properly. What’s more, things can get hot under that hood, so transmission fluid is key because it can help cool everything down. There is no transmission problem in the world that cannot be caused or at least exacerbated by a lack of transmission fluid. But it’s not just quantity. Degraded transmission fluid can also cause serious problems for your transmission.

How Often Do I Need To Check My Transmission Fluid?

You should check your transmission fluid every month. Using the dipstick under your vehicle’s hood, check your transmission fluid levels and if they’re not where they should be, top them up. If you find yourself topping up your fluid levels every month, you’ve got a problem. You either have a leak or your transmission is somehow evaporating your fluid at a quick pace. Check under your vehicle after you’ve been parked for a while to see if any transmission fluid is leaking. If you have a leak or can’t pinpoint the problem, bring your vehicle into a mister transmission shop where it can be inspected by technicians.

What Should Transmission Fluid Look Like?

Transmission fluid in good working order should be largely translucent with a reddish hue. If it is opaque, then the fluid has been damaged or degraded. If the fluid is foul smelling or smells of burning, this is indicative of a transmission problem.

How Often Do I Need To Change My Transmission Fluid?

This is perhaps the most common question when it comes to transmission fluid. How often are transmission fluid changes required? Well, if you notice your transmission fluid is damaged, you have to change it. But this will probably be after an inspection and any repairs have been conducted, so it’s likely this will be handled by a transmission technician. Barring any transmission problems, you should check your manufacturer’s guide to see how often they recommend changing your transmission fluid, because it can be different for every vehicle. Broadly speaking, you should change your transmission fluid every 45,000-80,000 kilometers. Perhaps more frequently if you use your vehicle for towing.

Which Transmission Fluid Should I Use?

Again, check your owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends. Often with automatic transmissions, a synthetic transmission fluid is best.

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Do You Need a Transmission Cooler?

Do You Need a Transmission Cooler?

Overheating is like kryptonite for your transmission. Transmissions work best when they can stay cool. (“Cool”, not cold. In winter, transmissions can take time to warm up.) But the engine block gets hot and this can heat the transmission. Furthermore, there are transmission problems that can interrupt your transmission’s normal cooling mechanisms and cause it to overheat. All of this begs the question: do you need a transmission cooler?

Transmission Temperature

Transmission fluid is tasked with regulating your transmission’s temperature as well as lubricating parts of it. The healthy range of temperature for transmission fluid is about 71 to 93 degrees Celsius. If your transmission fluid exceeds this temperature, it will begin to burn. This is bad. Not only can burnt fluid not effectively cool your transmission, it can actively damage it, even after is has cooled down.

Clearly, overheating your transmission and thus your transmission fluid is something to be avoided. But how can you avoid it? Well, most transmissions when operating under normal conditions will not exceed this range, even on long drives. But a malfunctioning transmission? There’s no telling. This is why you must get your transmission inspected at the first sight of trouble. Don’t let leaks, whirring noises, or grinding go ignored. Bring your vehicle into a Mister Transmission repair shop as soon as you notice any problems. Furthermore, don’t put any undue stress on your transmission. Drive responsibly and easy.

Transmission Coolers

If you drive a truck or other form of vehicle for work that involves towing, then you’re in danger of overheating your transmission. Just like walking back from the grocery store with all your shopping will make you hot and sweaty on an otherwise temperate day, towing heavy loads will overheat your transmission. Likewise, if you’re planning on a long road trip with a lot of stuff in your car, you could also be at risk of overheating your transmission.

In such instances as described above, you should consider installing a transmission cooler. A transmission cooler is a component that you can add on to your transmission that, big shock here, cools your transmission. It does so by cooling heated fluid that is sent through it by using the air flowing over the fins of the cooler. The cooled liquid is then sent back to the transmission in a continuous loop.

Installing Transmission Coolers

Transmission coolers are not standard issue. There are different types and sizes of transmission coolers for different types of transmissions and different sizes of vehicle. Your vehicle’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is key to determining what kind of transmission cooler you need. As is the type of terrain over which you usually drive. Hilly and rocky terrain might require more of a heavy-duty transmission cooler.

The choice of where to install your transmission cooler is also tricky. You could put it just about anywhere you find space. But airflow is key; you want to install it where it will experience the most airflow and thus be the most effective.

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The experts at Mister Transmission can recommend whether or not your vehicle needs a transmission cooler, what kind of transmission cooler, and can install it for you. To learn more about transmission coolers, please contact us.

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