There are two eternal truths about transmissions: they are important and they are complicated. The transmission is what allows your vehicle to move. It transfers power from the engine to the tires. No transmission means no movement. However, this is not a simple process. We think of the transmission as one entity. “The transmission”. But a transmission is actually a whole set of different components working in tandem to transfer power to your axles. If just one component is malfunctioning, that can screw up the whole operation.
This is why transmission problems are as frequent as they are. With such an intricate and complex set of components, a lot can go wrong. A lot can go wrong with tires, too. They are the only part of your vehicle that touches the road, after all (hopefully). But tires are simple. They either need to be inflated, sealed, or changed. They’re important, but simple. The transmission on the other hand? It can be quite difficult to diagnose transmission problems. Here are six of the most common transmission problems that you might encounter.
Transmissions require that we pay attention to them. This is not something that comes naturally to many of us. For many of us, a vehicle is a tool to get from Point A to Point B. We don’t always pay attention to the process. But we should. And if we listen closely, our transmission might be trying to tell us something.
Whining, whirring, humming, and clunking noises are all signs that something is amiss. Especially if you hear these noises in neutral. An optimal transmission won’t make much noise that you could hear above an internal combustion engine. Even if you can’t feel any problems with your transmission, such odd noises could be portents of trouble to come.
Sometimes the noises mentioned above are accompanied by tactile sensations. If you can feel your transmission grind and shake when you change gears, you have a problem. Gear shifts should be smooth and seamless. Grinding and shaking are symptoms of a transmission problem.
There are only two instances in which you would smell a burning odour coming from your vehicle: 1) when you’ve just “burned rubber” and peeled out of a parking lot. And 2) when something has gone badly awry within your vehicle. Since you are, of course, a responsible driver, you would never do Number 1, so the cause must be the latter. A burning smell coming from your transmission is a problem indeed.
Gear Change won’t Engage
If you shift your car into drive, you expect your car to shift into drive. If that doesn’t happen, you have a transmission problem.
Your vehicle can “slip” out of gear. Usually into neutral and usually after a gear change, though not always. Not only is this a transmission problem, it is a big danger to both your safety and that of other drivers and pedestrians.
Transmission fluid is the lifeblood of a transmission. Insufficient levels of transmission fluid are a very common cause of transmission problems. If you see patches of reddish liquid underneath your vehicle after you park, you have a leak and that’s a big transmission problem.
If you have experienced any of the above transmission problems, please contact Mister Transmission today. Back
If you have owned a vehicle for several years or more, you know that there is a lot of maintenance and repair that a vehicle of age requires to keep it running properly and efficiently. Tires need to be rotated and replaced; even switched out twice a year for winter tires if required. Brakes need to be tuned up. Mufflers, windshield wipers, and headlights need to be replaced periodically.
You might be able to get all these various services done at the same place. There are some auto body shops that can perform all of the above repairs/maintenance. But then there are some shops that specialize. There are some shops that also specialize in transmissions. But why? Why do we need specialist transmission shops?
Brakes are extremely important, but fairly simple in how they operate. Tires need a lot of attention and maintenance, but it’s not a complicated procedure to rotate a vehicle’s tires. Transmissions, on the other hand, are quite a different proposition. The transmission is arguably the most complex and intricate part of any vehicle. And this is because, in part, the transmission isn’t really just one part of a vehicle, but rather it is an combination of many different parts working together in perfect synchronicity (when it works) to make your vehicle, well, move.
You might well think that it is the engine that drives the wheels and makes the vehicle “move”, and this is true. But, an internal combustion engine needs to be adapted to drive the wheels of a vehicle. Engines need to operate at a relatively high rotational speed, which is not conducive to starting, stopping, or slower travel. That’s where the transmission comes in. The transmission reduces the higher engine speed to the slower wheel speed, increasing torque in the process. The transmission is the gearbox. When you change gears, you’re using your transmission. If your transmission is functioning improperly, you’re going to have a lot of issues with your vehicle.
So transmissions are important. But so are brakes and tires. Why do transmission repairs need shops all to themselves? This is because transmissions are big, complicated, and require a lot of skill and expertise to navigate. A problem with your brakes is relatively easy to diagnose and discover. The transmission on the other hand has any number of things that can go wrong with it and a number of parts that may need to be repaired or replaced. That’s why you would want a transmission shop working on your transmission and not any kind of auto body shop.
Transmission Shop Services
At a transmission shop, you can expect the technicians to test your transmission and properly diagnose any issues. At Mister Transmission we start with a free multi-check inspection: a four-part inspection that rigorously tests your transmission to see what the problem is. With newer and increasingly complex transmissions seen today, we have special equipment that can interface with your computer’s onboard computer to discover the problem. This allows us to diagnose the problem and make any necessary repairs, whether that means a minor adjustment, such as resealing to keep transmission fluid from leaking or replacing accessible parts, or (if necessary) performing a complete transmission overhaul.
If you would like to bring your vehicle in, or, ask us anything about how we run our transmission shops, please contact us today. Back