Transmission repair is incredibly complicated. More than you know in fact.
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The automatic transmission is one of the modern era’s most sophisticated bits of machinery around. In other words, there are a lot of gears in an automatic transmission and these gears are set in a complex arrangement that allows the transmission to achieve a number of different gear ratios without needing to engage or disengage any of the gears. The gear ratio is the ratio between the speed at which a drive gear rotates and the resulting rotation speed of the driven gear.
There are several clear signs that you need automatic transmission repair. It is far better and less expensive to maintain your automatic transmission than it is to have it repaired, but you still need to know the signs that tell you when repair is needed. There are a number of signs that indicate you need automatic transmission repair, including:
- · Transmission fluid that smells burnt or is cloudy or muddy looking
- · Strange noise when your vehicle shifts gears
- · Vibrations or a jerky motion when the gears shift
- · Grinding noises form under the floor of the vehicle
- · Delays when the gears are shifting
Avoiding Automatic Transmission Repair
Okay, no one is guaranteed they will be able to avoid automatic transmission repair, but you can definitely put off the need for it through proper maintenance. In short, the most important thing you can do to reduce the need for repair is have your transmission fluid checked and changed regularly. If you don’t do this, your transmission will become damaged. Ideally, the fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles, but if you frequently haul heavy loads, then an annual fluid change is recommended.
You can check your transmission fluid easily on your own. With your vehicle idling, open up your hood and pull out the dipstick from your automatic transmission fluid. It’s a good idea to wipe the dipstick with some paper towel or a rag, stick it back in, and pull it out again to get an accurate reading of the fluid level. If the fluid is bright red, smells sweet, and has a high enough level, then you are good to go. However, if the level looks low and/or the fluid is black or cloudy looking and smells burnt, then you need to get your vehicle to an automatic transmission repair shop immediately. Dirty, smelly fluid means you need to have the fluid completely changed. A low level means the fluid needs to be topped up and there may be a leak in the system.
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