02 Nov Common Transmission Problems
Five Transmission Problems To Watch Out For
A vehicle’s transmission governs the conversion of energy to power the car. As a complex mechanical system, the various moving and interacting car parts produce heat and friction. This makes the transmission system susceptible to damage. If not given immediate attention, Transmission problems may render a vehicle totally non-functioning. Lack of prevention could lead to greater car issues as repairs or replacements are expensive, stressful, and inconvenient.
In order to prevent serious damage, early diagnosis should be conducted through signs and symptoms.
- Leaking Fluid or Low Fluid Level
Low fluid levels and leaks are two of the most common types of transmission problems. In fact, a low transmission fluid is most probably brought upon by a leak itself. This increases the chances of a transmission break down.
Vehicle owners could check the fluid levels by reading the dipstick after warming the fluid on a short drive. For manual transmission, fluid level should be monitored at the transmission case.
- Burning Smell
A burning smell could be cause by overheating transmission fluid. A fluid break down leads to the overheating of a system that could result to an increase in friction and corrosive activity. Extra sludge and debris could build up as well. If not monitored and inspected, a transmission breakdown might occur.
- Clutch Problems
The clutch, which is located within the torque converter, can become jammed. This could result to the locking of the solenoid and the miscalculation of the torque converter. Transmission overheating and violent shaking underneath could be caused by clutch issues. In addition, a sharp drop in the engine’s power output may also be observable. For manual transmission, a dragging clutch involves a grinding noise each time the driver changes gears.
- Check Engine Light
An easy indicator of transmission problems is the check engine light on the car’s dashboard. Although this light may determine a variety of issues other than those regarding transmission, it is necessary that an inspection should be conducted.
Through sensitive sensors, the system could detect jerks and vibrations in the transmission that the human sense may not be able to perceive.
- Irregular Sounds
A common symptom of a transmission problem is a vehicle’s production of an unfamiliar sound. The sound may differ for every make and model, but it is best described as a humming, a buzzing, or a whining noise. For manual transmissions, a more mechanical and abrupt loud sound is produced.
West Coast Transmission can help detect, inspect, and repair all kinds of transmission problems. We offer a variety of transmission services so bring your car to our shop today so we can get you the service that it needs.
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