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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Regular visits to a transmission shop are crucial to the long term viability of your vehicle. At first glance, you might think it is odd that there are entire shops dedicated to only one component of a vehicle. But when you think about it – the transmission is the most complex part of your vehicle, especially with the evolution of transmission technology used in today’s vehicles.
Far from being just one component, the transmission is actually a collection of different parts working in unison to make your automobile go. Your transmission is what transfers power from your engine to your wheels. Without a working transmission, you’re not going anywhere. And because there are so many different parts within the transmission, it needs special attention. Transmission shops not only fix broken transmissions, but they can also service and maintain those transmissions, ensuring years of smooth sailing…well, actually driving, but you get the point. Here are four services you can receive at a transmission shop.
Transmission Maintenance and Service
Just as you see your doctor for regular check-ups, even when you don’t feel that anything is wrong, it’s important to bring your vehicle in regularly just to make sure everything is working right with your transmission. At Mister Transmission, we pride ourselves on our 21-point multi-check inspection, which is bound to determine if there is anything wrong with your transmission.
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Transmissions have changed a lot over the years. The technology and mechanics involved in a transmission has advanced a lot over the years and transmission shops have had to keep up with these advances. Repairing transmissions canbean incredibly technical process and it is best left to technicians who specialize in working with transmissions.
Sometimes all that is needed is a minor adjustment or an in-car repair. The repair could be a computerized one or something physical, like an adjustment to the throttle cable. For transmission fluid leaks, re-seal jobs are required. And sometimes parts will need to be replaced. If the part is accessible, it can be replaced with the vehicle intact. But sometimes the problem can be so hidden that the entire transmission needs to be disassembled and inspected. This is known as complete overhaul.
High Performance Transmissions
Some specialty vehicles require high performance transmissions. Such vehicles include muscle cars, custom rods, sport tuners, and race vehicles. You cannot get these high performance transmissions worked on at any old auto body shop. You need a transmission shop.
Good transmission shops will have access to cutting edge diagnostic equipment, allowing them to figure out just what’s going on inside your transmission. Today’s vehicles come equipped with complex computer systems. Transmission shops have technology that can interface with your automobile’s on-board computer systems to discover your specific transmission problems. By “talking” to your vehicle’s computer, the technician can access a code that indicates where the problem lies. After this, the vehicle is taken for a test drive to monitor the vehicle’s behaviour in real-time.
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You can probably surmise that a transmission shop focusses its energies on repairing and maintaining transmissions. But what does that really mean? What does transmission service entail? Just what services do transmission shops provide?
You may well be wondering why the owner of a vehicle would require a transmission shop at all. Why not just a general auto shop? A shop that can (or so it claims) repair or service any and all components of a vehicle. Well, the reason for that has to do with the transmission itself.
The transmission is one of the most complex and intricate components of your vehicle. For starters, it is not merely one part. The transmission consists of many different parts that all must work in tandem to ensure that your transmission –and your vehicle– works properly. Without a transmission, you can’t shift gears, and if you can’t shift gears, you can’t really go anywhere. So the transmission is as important as it is complex.
This is not the type of sophisticated machinery that you want to trust to somebody who is mostly adept at changing tires or repairing mufflers. You want a technician who has studied the transmission specifically and focusses their expertise on that. Furthermore, you want a shop with all the special equipment needed to assess, maintain, and repair transmissions. Many general auto body shops do not have this specialty equipment.
A good transmission shop will be able to both maintain working transmissions and repair malfunctioning ones. As we all know, prevention is better than a cure. So you need to bring your vehicle into the transmission shop regularly for routine maintenance. Otherwise, you’re tempting fate.
The most frequently required maintenance service for a transmission has to do with the topping up and changing of transmission fluid. Without a sufficient amount or a sufficient quality of transmission fluid, your transmission will not operate properly and can start to degrade. A transmission shop can easily check your vehicle’s fluid levels and then top it up if necessary. Transmission shops can also flush the fluid out of your transmission if they have cause to believe it is too used or damaged. They will then replace the fluid.
The first step in transmission repair is also part of routine maintenance. A diagnostic check Before any part of your transmission can be repaired, the technicians need to know what (if anything) is not working properly. The diagnostic check does this.
At Mister Transmission, we perform a multi check inspection. If multi check inspection reveals that any part of your transmission is not functioning properly, we can then go ahead and replace the damaged or problematic part. Many parts of the transmission are accessible while the transmission is still in the car. However, some parts are inaccessible. If one of these parts is suspected as being the problem, or the problem still is not clear, we will have to remove the transmission from the chassis. This is the kind of involved, big job for which you want a transmission shop, not just any auto shop.
Slipping is one of the most common problems a transmission can experience. Slipping transmissions can be unnerving, frustrating, and even frightening. A slipping transmission is by no means the end of the world, but it’s definitely not something you should let go unaddressed, lest the problem worsens, endangering the health of your vehicle, as well as you and other drivers on the road. This article will address some of the causes of slipping as well as what to do about them.
Sometimes noticing a slipping transmission is easy. Other Times, the symptoms are more subtle. Indicators of a slipping transmission can manifest in a number of ways. Such indicators include delays in acceleration, a high RPM (over 3,500, for example), the inability to reverse, experiencing difficulty shifting gears, a harsh response to the shifting of gears, unusual or burnt smells, strange noises, and, of course, the check engine light switching on.
All of the above symptoms are signs of a slipping transmission. There are a varied many possible causes for slipping transmissions and the sooner you discover the cause of your slipping transmission, the better your chances of repairing it before significant damage has been done to your transmission. So what are the causes of a slipping transmission?
Low fluid levels – The single most common cause of a slipping is insufficient fluid levels. Low fluid levels can create a plethora of problems, including overheating and a lack of hydraulic pressure being produced to engage gears.
Damaged fluid – Fluid can be become damaged when it is burnt or otherwise rendered ineffective by too many contaminants from normal wear and tear. Regular fluid changes and top ups are needed to prevent transmission slippage.
Leaks – One of the common causes of low fluid levels are leaks. A transmission leak requires a reseal.
Worn or broken transmission bands – Sometimes transmission bands can break or become worn, which can cause transmission slippage, as well as engine troubles and worn down gears.
Clutch problems – In manual transmissions, clutch problems are responsible for transmission slipping up to a whopping 90% of the time (the other 10% being leaks). Automatic transmissions also use clutches but have clutch plates throughout the transmission as well as in the torque converter. These clutch plates can get worn or burnt from insufficient transmission fluid.
Worn out gears – Worn and frayed gears won’t properly link together which can cause slippage. Worn out gears should be replaced.
Solenoid problems – The solenoid is an electro-hydraulic valve. Its purpose is to control the flow of fluid throughout your transmission. Any damage or computer problems can cause incorrect amounts of fluid to be dispersed, which may result in transmission slippage.
Torque converter issues – Torque converters convert the engine’s power into torque. Transmission fluid flows through the torque converter, but if it fails to do so properly, then it can act up and transmission slipping is frequently a symptom.
If your transmission is slipping or you have any questions about slipping transmissions, or anything else to do with transmissions, please contact our transmission shop today.
Apart from a home, a vehicle is usually the most expensive thing a person will buy in his or her life. And we often rely on our vehicles to complete our daily activities, such as going to work and running errands. All of this is say that our vehicles are important and we have to take care of them. And one of the most intricate, expensive, and crucial components of our vehicles is the transmission.
To ensure a long, efficient life for your vehicle, you must properly care for it. Most people know enough to keep their tires pumped, and not to leave their headlights on, etc. But you should also know how to take care of your transmission, too. But just how do you care for an automatic transmission?
Tips on caring for automatic transmission
Here are some tips of things you can do to lengthen the life of your automatic transmission and keep it operating at peak efficiency:
Take care of your fluid – Insufficient levels of transmission fluid are bound to cause a whole host of problems, so make sure to check it regularly. How? Well, with the engine idling, pull out the dipstick, wipe it off, insert it again, wait, then pull it out to get an accurate reading. If the fluid level is low, you may have a leak. The fluid itself should be a bright red, translucent colour, and it should smell faintly sweet. If it’s murky, dark coloured, or smells like rotten, take it to a shop that specializes in transmission services. Also, make sure to use the right type of fluid. Look in your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine what type of transmission fluid you should use.
Get your cooling system serviced – The cooling system helps prevent your engine from overheating, but it also ensures that the transmission fluid pumping through the gearbox is cooled, as well. That’s why you want your cooling system running properly and should get it serviced regularly.
Don’t change gears while your car is moving – This is an offence of which many of us are guilty, but we really ought not to do it. You should always bring your vehicle to a complete stop before changing gears from ‘drive’ to ‘reverse’ or vice-versa. Otherwise, you will strain your transmission.
Regularly change your transmission filter – Some automobile’s automatic transmissions have a filter that need to be changed from time to time. Many newer vehicles don’t have a transmission filter but those that do should be changed each time you get your transmission flushed.
Avoid towing – Towing heavy loads with a vehicle that was not specifically designed to tow can cause transmission fluid to oxidize and burn, which can in turn damage your transmission.
If you have any more questions about how to care for your automatic (or manual) transmission or would like to avail yourself of some automatic transmission services, please contact our transmission shop.
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