07 Nov Transmission Slipping Breakdown
Transmission Slipping: Causes and Solutions
A properly functioning transmission transmits power from the engine to the wheels. It’s one of the most important parts of the vehicle, but one that often encounters problems throughout its lifetime. A common issue is transmission slipping. When a transmission shifts gear, it should stay in that gear until either the driver or the computer initiates a transmission shift again. A transmission that’s low on fluid, contaminated through improper maintenance, or damaged through other means will experience problems with its transmission gears. Imagine driving on the road, pressing down on the gas pedal, only to realize that the transmission won’t shift, or even slips back! Transmission slipping is dangerous and drivers experiencing these problems should take their vehicle to the repair shop as soon as possible.
There are many possible causes for a slipping transmission. The most common–and most easy to fix–is a fluid leak. Transmission fluid provides the lubricant needed for smooth shifting. Low fluid level from a leak can cause many potential problems–abrupt gear shifts, delays in vehicle movement, vehicle surging, and transmission slipping. Fortunately, a simple leak can be fixed without much trouble, but it does take a bit of time. Depending on where the leak is located, a mechanic can repair the seal within anywhere from a couple hours to ten hours. An axle seal takes the least amount of time, because it’s the most accessible. If the mechanic diagnoses a problem with the input shaft seal, however, expect to leave your vehicle at the repair shop for a day or two.
A more troublesome issue would be if the transmission band is broken or worn out. A transmission band wraps around the gear train and connects to the transmission housing. They enable gear selection and action, and are prevented from moving out of place by transmission anchors. If the anchors loosen, and the transmission becomes misaligned or broken, then serious problems will occur. Problems with transmission bands are rare, but still possible. Depending on how long the problem has been going on, even the transmission gears could have been damaged from improper alignment. If you suspect that there’s a problem with your transmission band, don’t wait any longer. Have a mechanic properly diagnose and repair the problem to prevent even more transmission troubles in the future.
A slippery transmission is only a symptom of a multitude of problems that your transmission can have. Be vigilant, and prevent transmission slipping and other damage by taking your car to the repair shop at the first sign of trouble. Arrange an appointment with West Coast Transmissions today by calling (916) 348-3962 for a free diagnostic
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