The Check Engine Light and Transmission Service

The check engine light can be a great early indicator that something may need transmission repair. When it comes on, the check engine light can react to sensors placed throughout the engine that pick up engine problems and notify the computer of the source of the problem.

Where transmissions are concerned, these sensors detect vibrations and some problems that you may not even be aware of, particularly with as complex as modern units are

Transmission Service and Diagnostics

If it is a transmission problem, auto mechanics use a diagnostic scan tool, which displays an alphanumeric problem code, such as P0218 for example which indicates a ‘Transmission Over Temperature Condition.’

There are roughly 80 or 90 check engine light codes that pertain solely to your transmission.  If an auto mechanic gets a code that indicates that  there’s a transmission problem, then guess what?  It’s time to get your car’s transmission repaired.  But even if your check engine light isn’t on, you can still be on the lookout for transmission problems.

Why You May Need Transmission Repair

Your car’s transmission is doing a lot.  But without the check engine light, how do you know when something isn’t working? Simple:  Use your senses.  Leaking transmission fluid is one of the easiest problems to detect.  When everything is working correctly,  automatic transmission fluid is bright red, clear, and sweet smelling.   Your transmission needs, transmission fluid to shift properly, so a little fluid on your driveway is a quiet, dripping warning of a  major problem that’s coming up, and one requiring that you schedule an appointment with your auto mechanics.

When checking  your transmission fluid, check it’s color.  Make sure it’s not a dark color nor have  a burnt smell. If it has either of these symptoms you’ll need to take your car in to  an auto mechanic and replace your transmission fluid. Unlike motor oil,  transmissions don’t burn up any transmission fluid. If you notice your transmission fluid is low,  then you have a leak somewhere. Be aware that at the first sign of transmission problems, you will need to get your car into a transmission repair shop as quickly as you can.

Trail Transmission has been a transmission service shop operating inand serving Mesa and the East Valley since 1990.  Give us a call today at  (480) 986-7367 or visit us on the web.

Send us a tweet on  Twitter or visit our Facebook.

Trail Transmission

11240 East Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
(480) 986-7367

Leave a Reply