Transmission problems are some of the trickiest and most difficult to pin down that you will ever encounter in your life of driving and owning vehicles. That is because transmissions, unlike other automobile parts, are not simply one part themselves, but rather a series of components working together to fulfill a task, so transmissions, by their very nature, are complex. And they’ve become more complex as they’ve evolved, as well. All of this means that, it can be tough to pinpoint a transmission problem when you have one. And it can be even tougher to fix some transmission problems.
The obvious transmission problem
Let us begin with the basics. What is the most basic, most obvious, most easily identifiable transmission problem? A leak. Do you see a small patch of reddish, translucent liquid under your vehicle after you drive away? If so, you got yourself a leak.
As far as transmission problems go, this is not the worst. A leak, provided it is relatively small, can usually be resealed with relative ease, so there’s no need to fret. However, if your entire transmission requires resealing, now we’re getting into more involved work. In this case, the transmission itself would have to be removed and lifted out of the body of the vehicle in order to be resealed completely. Any time we’re talking about a problem that requires the removal of the transmission from the vehicle, we’re talking about a pretty bad problem.
Wear and tear transmission problems
But thankfully, a lot of transmission problems do not require the removal of the transmissions nor a complete overhaul. A lot of transmission problems are remedied by the replacing of parts that are accessible without removing the transmission. Many of these, and other problems, are caused by wear and tear on the transmission that has accrued over the years. It is important to remember that by bringing your vehicle in for regular service, you can avoid major transmission problems in the future and prolong the lifespan of your transmission and maintain its efficiency.
A common transmission problem relates to shifting gears. If it is difficult to shift gears, or if your vehicle slips out of gear, you have a transmission problem. How bad are these transmission problems? Well that depends. It depends on…how bad the problem is. Experiencing some sticking or resistance when shifting gears is annoying, but it’s not a catastrophe. At least not yet. It’s extremely important to bring in your vehicle at the first detection of transmission problems.
This is because what were once minor transmission problems can become major transmission problems in short order. If you start slipping out of gear while cruising down the highway, you could be in serious trouble. We often take our vehicles for granted, but the massive number of vehicular collisions and the injuries and even fatalities they cause should act as a reminder to us: never ignore a transmission (or any other type of) problem. Don’t let minor problems grow into massive ones.
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If you have any questions about a transmission problem you or somebody you know are experiencing, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We’d be happy to hear from you and help you out. Back
Diagnostics is the process by which you determine the cause of (diagnose) a transmission’s problem. Diagnostics is obviously a very important practice because without it, fixing any transmission problem would be complete guess work. You can have the most talented technicians in world trying to fix a problem, but if they don’t know what the problem is, they are not going to be able to fix your transmission. So how do technicians diagnose transmission problems?
Transmission problems can arise from a plethora of causes. Sometimes it is simple enough to determine the problem. If you’re seeing transmission fluid underneath your vehicle after every time you park, you likely have a leak. But some problems, especially computer problems with computerized transmissions, can be especially tricky. That’s why you need professional and well-trained transmission technicians working on your transmission to diagnose the problem.
At the best equipped and modern transmission service centres (such as Mister Transmission) you will find cutting-edge diagnostic equipment. This equipment is crucial because it allows technicians to offer you the fastest and most accurate findings with regards to just what is going on inside your vehicle’s transmission. Like all technology, transmissions have changed a lot in recent years. Today’s vehicles come equipped with complex computer systems. And modern diagnostic technology can communicate with your automobile’s computer systems to determine your specific transmission problems.
The first step
The first step in determining your transmission problems consists of the technician connecting the diagnostic equipment to your vehicle’s on-board computer. This will produce a code stating where the problem lies. Following this, the vehicle should be taken for a test drive so that the technicians can monitor the transmission’s behaviour in real-time. While more comprehensive and hands-on evaluations might still be necessary, today’s technology is an integral tool in determining the best starting point for further investigations.
Mister Transmission’s diagnosis of transmission problems
When a Mister Transmission technician hooks up a scanner to your car’s computer system, within seconds, he may read a diagnostic trouble code like “P0732,” which refers to an incorrect gear-two ratio. What on earth does this mean? Put simply, this means the transmission didn’t shift into second gear properly.
After retrieving this information, the technician will conduct a short test drive and monitor all of the input and output speed sensors data, as well as the car’s engine control unit. This is the unit which is responsible for sending and receiving that data. Upon completion, our certified experts can determine the exact cause of the vehicle’s problems, and then figure out if the problem is the transmission or a digital malfunction between the car’s computer and the transmission.
Complex transmissions = complex problems
The transmission is a very complicated and sophisticated piece of equipment. And this is even truer of the transmissions found in newer vehicles. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to transmission problems, and anyone who says otherwise is either ignorant or a charlatan. To ensure your vehicle’s well-being –and yours– you should only trust certified experts to diagnose your transmission problems.
If you have any questions about the transmission diagnostic process or would like to know more about transmission problems in general, please get in touch with us today. We will do our best to have your transmission up and running perfectly in no time. Back