How can you tell if your transmission’s acting up? Well, there are certain symptoms to look out for in a bad transmission.
In our last article, we covered the parts that are in an automatic. This article will explore some of the symptoms of a potential problem.
Transmission Problems and Service
First off, start with the simple stuff. You want to make sure to check your transmission fluid at least two times each year. Why? Well if your transmission fluid’s low, your car will not shift properly, which can in turn lead to damage to the transmission. Transmission fluid, unlike oil stays fairly static in it’s level. Transmission leaks are easy to spot. Transmission fluid is bright red and has a sickly sweet smell.
Looking for transmission leaks is surprisingly easy. Your automatic transmission has only a few places where leaks can happen. The places that a transmission leak can happen are at the drain hole underneath the case, between the transmission and the engine, the selector shaft, and the speed sensor mount. However, if your fluid is not the problem, then it may be your filter.
Is your transmission filter clogged? This can cause your transmission to be sluggish and hard to shift.
have your mechanic check your transmission filter next before anything like a transmission replacement or transmission rebuild is on the table as an option. An important thing to be aware of is that about 90% of transmission problems aren’t easily fixed by an average person. The tools to fix a transmission are usually out of range of most people. You could end up spending about ten times what a repair would cost in the tools and training to be able to work on it yourself.
So remember, a little knowledge can help you. Just be sure to know what problems you can truly handle and what you’re going to need to take to a transmission repair shop in Mesa.
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