To help keep your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently, make sure to have it brought in for regular maintenances. If you notice anything between regular visits, make sure to schedule an appointment. Catching an issue at the first sign of a problem can help prevent further damage in the future. It can also reduce the chance of a costly repair bill when it needs to be fixed. One area we can inspect is the transmission. Without a transmission, the vehicle will not be able to run and transport you to where you need to go. In order to make sure the transmission is operating at the best level possible, make sure to notice any unusual noises or issues that come from under the hood.
With any moving part, it always runs better when there is lubrication. An engine needs oil, the brakes need fluid, the steering column needs fluid and the transmission needs fluid to run. If the fluids become low, the engine could quit working. It could also cause the tires to not steer properly and the pistons might lock up and quit working. Keeping an eye on the fluids and having them checked regularly can prevent any problems from happening unexpectedly.
Belts power parts of engines and they all work together to make the vehicle move forward. When a belt starts to show wear or develops a crack, it will stop working. Once it stops working or if it snaps, then you might be stranded on the side of the road. In order to keep the transmission working, check the belts in and around all of the engine components to make sure they look to be in great shape with no wear marks, cracks, or missing pieces.
Oil within the engine will pick up pieces of the engine, dirt, dust, and anything else that gets pushed around the inside of your engine. Oil goes in a light brown color, but it comes out jet black. It is black because it is dirty. This is why it is important to bring the vehicle in for regular oil changes. Clean oil will pull out dirt and debris, but when it is changed regularly and often, the dirt will not build up in the engine, but get flushed out with the dirty oil. A clean filter will capture dust and dirt when it is installed. We will also be able to check the oil filter when the oil is changed. This can help to keep it working effectively when the engine runs. Also be aware of issues that the vehicle may have between visits, and contact us as soon as you notice them.
Any issue with your vehicle that is mechanical is usually associated with a distinct sound. These can be key indicators that something is not functioning the way it should.
As you are driving, you may start to notice the smell of something burning. This may be an indication that the transmission is overheating. The fluid not only helps to keep the moving parts of the transmission properly lubricated, but it helps prevent the unit from burning up. A common cause of the smell can be from low fluid. When this happens, this can mean there is a leak or dirty fluid that needs to be changed.
Noticing any noises while your vehicle is in neutral could mean an issue with the transmission. Sometimes a quick and easy fix can be replacing the fluid. The vehicle owner’s manual will provide the best kind of fluid needed for your vehicle. If there are noises while your vehicle is in neutral, it could mean that some parts may be in need of replacing.
An easy sign to know that your transmission may need attention is if you notice any leaking fluid. The fluid helps to maintain your vehicle’s shifting capabilities. If you check the transmission fluid, it should be bright red in color. If the fluid is dark in color, you should bring your vehicle in so we can have it replaced. Unlike the oil, the transmission does not consume or burn off any fluid during operation. If you notice that the transmission fluid is low or empty, there is probably a leak somewhere in the system.
Check Engine Light
If the check engine light comes on, it may be an early indication that there is an issue with the transmission. Granted, there may be other reasons why the check engine light comes on rather than with the transmission. It is important to make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible if you notice the light on, especially if it is blinking.
Transmissions are designed to go to the correct gear every time. A way to notice you may have an issue is if they hesitate or refuse to get in the correct gear. The vehicle should shift quickly into gear, but if you notice any hesitations or swaying feeling, there could be an issue with the transmission.