Manual vs. Automatic Transmissions and Warning Signs

Mesa Transmission CheckTransmission service varies between cars.  Living in America, we often have a bewildering assortment of makes, models, and years to choose from where cars are concerned.  Whether you have a manual or automatic transmission, your car will respond differently when your transmission is acting up.

Manual Transmission Grinding Between Gears?

First off, understand that a manual transmission has numbered gears, with only one alpha character, R, for reverse.  It also has a clutch pedal.  The standard pattern for shifting gears is to hit the clutch pedal, shift gears, release the clutch.  When it is working well a manual transmission has a lot of power and pick up, however, with a manual transmission, a grinding sound or vibration when you shift into a new gear is a a common sign of trouble.  When you hit the clutch pedal and shift, if you  hear a grinding sound, you may have a worn clutch.  Sometimes, it may not be worn out, it may just need to be adjusted. Other causes for grinding include your transmission’s gear synchronizers, or synchros, being worn out or damaged. Grinding gears can be caused by a number of different factors.  With automatic transmissions, the problem becomes even more complex.

Diagnosing Transmission Problems Electronically

There are eighty different check engine codes for transmissions alone.  Some of them like P0804 1-4 Upshift (Skip Shift) Lamp Control Circuit Malfunction is relatively minor, but other ones, like P0218 Transmission Over Temperature Condition indicates a major problem requiring immediate transmission repair.  The second indicator is more of a problem in automatic transmissions, as they have more technology.  Automatic transmissions even have on board computers as part of their electronic components as well as connections to your car’s electrical system. A modern automatic transmission is very sophisticated.  After all, automatic transmissions go back to the 1930’s.

You always have courses of actions for what comes your way.  You get injured, you go to a hospital.  You see a fire, you call the fire department.  And if your manual or automatic transmission acts up, you get a hold of a transmission repair shop.

Trail Transmission is an Apache Junction based transmission repair shop that also does clutch repair.  Give us a call today at (480) 986-7367 or visit us at our Google Places page for more information.

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

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