To keep the vehicle in the best condition possible, you will have to have it maintained. This requires going to the recommended schedule inspections. One part that is important to inspect is the transmission. Problems with the transmission are most often caused by neglect. This vital component should not be overlooked when it comes to proper care and maintenance. Depending on the make or model of the vehicle, the transmission assembly may vary according to design and function. If you notice any weird noises or odd smells from the vehicle, make sure to contact us as soon as you can. We can inspect the transmission to make sure it is operating efficiently. If a part is starting to wear, we can replace it in a timely manner.
Noticing if Fluids Leak
Leaks could be caused by a variety of factors such as a loose filler tube, defective pan gasket, or a converter housing area leakage. Check your garage for red oil leaks to confirm the presence of a leak. It would be advisable to bring the vehicle in to have the system checked and repaired. Fluid leaks could be fixed by replacing the gasket, internal or external oil filters, or tightening the oil pan bolts to stop the leak. Remember to check fluid levels regularly, especially when a leak is evident, to prevent further damage to the transmission.
Noises from the Vehicle
A buzzing or whirring noise when in operation is a common problem that occurs due to insufficient fluid levels, scored or broken gears or a defective torque converter. Any transmission noise that occurs while driving should be given attention immediately. It would be wise to check the level of automatic transmission fluid before traveling or driving on daily commutes. Replenish the fluid when necessary to check if the noises heard are due to insufficient fluid levels in the crankcase.
The Gears Slipping as it Changes
This problem may need specialized diagnostic equipment to accurately detect. The presence of erratic or delayed shifts, transmission slippage and the absence of forward gears may be caused by low fluid levels, failure of the internal clutch or band, and broken vacuum lines. It would again be necessary to check for proper fluid levels. You can also brig the vehicle in and we can check the fluid levels for you. Repairs should be immediately undertaken to prevent additional damage to other parts of the transmission.
Burnt Fluid in the Transmission
If an unusual burnt smell is noticed upon checking the condition of the fluid, clogged fluid cooler lines could cause it. It could also be from a defective oil pump or low fluid level. Be wary that the presence of brownish fluid accompanied by a burnt smell could hint at serious transmission damage when left untreated. It would be best to replenish the level of fluid or have the system drained and flushed to correct the problem. The oil filter may be clogged as well, and will need replacement. By inspecting an issue at the first sign, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run.