How can you tell if your transmission is going? This article will explore some common symptoms of transmissions that are acting up.
Transmission Problems: Follow Your Nose
How can you tell if your transmission is going bad? Well, your nose is a good guide. According to the site HOWSTUFFWORKS.COM: “If you get a whiff of burning transmission fluid, be advised it is definitely not the sweet smell of success. That’s because it may indicate your transmission is overheating. Transmission fluid not only keeps the transmission’s many moving parts properly lubricated, but it prevents the unit from burning itself up, by providing much-needed cooling. In some vehicles, the transmission even has its own mini-radiator (an oil cooler) that circulates fluid to transport heat away from the transmission unit itself. Common causes include low or inadequate transmission fluid, which can in turn indicate a leak or dirty fluid that needs changing. [READ MORE]
However, it isn’t just your sense of smell that is a good guide to potential transmission problems. Usually when your transmission is acting up, it is a multiple sensory experience. For example, if your transmission is slipping, your car can lurch while in gear. Or it can also shimmy. Another way to tell is the sound that a bad transmission can make. Your transmission can pop, or grind, neither of which are good signs. Whichever symptom your displaying with your car, don’t wait until “you can get around to fixing it.”
Transmission Repair: Don’t Delay
As to why you should not wait regarding your transmission repair, is that the longer that you wait, the more likely it is that your transmission will cost a lot to fix. We’re often asked ‘how much does it cost to fix my transmission.’ There really is no hard and fast figure. It really all depends on what needs to be done to your vehicle.
Something as simple as changing the transmission fluid can eliminate a great many issues you may be having and that is obviously cheap. However, if you need to rebuild your transmission or replace it, then your repair is going to cost a lot more.
Remember, that in a way, taking care of your car is like taking care of yourself. So get your car in for a checkup at the mileage marks in your owner’s manual, which is usually at increments of 15,000. And make sure that you pay attention to what your car is trying to tell you. That way you’ll know when you need transmission service.
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