September 1, 2017

What the Transmission does

        The transmission generates how much of that power is available at anytime. It is mostly responsible for adapting how much power gets to the drive wheels, which are important for starting the vehicle, stopping, and also traveling at all speeds. A transmission keeps the engine’s output optimally matched to the speed and the load conditions of your vehicle. Connected to the transmission is the torque converter. This assists in the flow of the engine’s torque into the transmission. The transmission fluid cleans, cools, lubricates, transmits force and pressure, and protects the transmission from buildup of any kind .              The best way to protect your transmission is to know the warning signs of an impending problem. If you notice any issue, you should have your vehicle in as soon as possible to have it examined for what is causing it and if it can be fixed. The most obvious sign is if your check engine light comes on, and stays on. A common sign is the transmission will not shift or while shifting, you can feel it slipping. Your transmission may also make noises, hums, or even sound like it is grinding.         Regular oil changes, fuel and air filter changes, and inspections all help to make sure your vehicle runs as smooth as possible without any problems. Regular oil changes help to prevent wear and tear on your vehicle. During maintenance inspections the mechanic has an opportunity to notice something that you may have missed, before it becomes a larger issue. Also make sure to notice any warning lights that might be turning on. This is usually a good indication that something is wrong. You can also help your transmission remain healthy by the way you drive. Avoiding sudden stops and rapid acceleration allows your transmission to operate smoothly and efficiently. If you notice an issue, bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.  
July 7, 2017

Indicators of Transmission Problems

      The transmission of your vehicle takes a lot of use over time and will eventually start to show signs of an issue. While any transmission repair may be expensive, it is important to notice anything that may seem out of the norm. Make sure to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for what the issue may be. We can then advise you on what your options might be.       As you are driving, you may start to notice the smell of something burning. This may be an indication that the transmission is overheating. The transmission fluid not only helps to keep the moving parts of the transmission properly lubricated, but it helps prevent the unit from burning up. A common cause of the smell can be from low transmission fluid. When this happens, this can mean there is a leak or dirty fluid that needs to be changed.         Noticing any noises while your vehicle is in neutral could mean an issue with the transmission. Sometimes a quick and easy fix can be replacing the transmission fluid. The vehicle owner’s manual will provide the best kind of transmission fluid needed for your vehicle. If there are noises while your vehicle is in neutral, it could mean that some parts may be in need of replacing.       An easy sign to know that your transmission may need attention is if you notice any leaking transmission fluid. The transmission fluid helps to maintain your vehicle’s shifting capabilities. If you check the transmission fluid, it should be bright red in color. If the fluid is dark in color, you should bring your vehicle in so we can have it replaced. Unlike the oil, the transmission does not consume or burn off any fluid during operation. If you notice that the transmission fluid is low or empty, there is probably a leak somewhere in the system.       If the check engine light comes on, it may be an early indication that there is an issue with the transmission. Granted, there may be other reasons why the check engine light comes on rather than with the transmission. It is important to make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible if you notice the light on, especially if it is blinking.       Transmissions are designed to go to the correct gear every time. A way to notice you may have an issue is if they hesitate or refuse to get in the correct gear. The vehicle should shift quickly into gear, but if you notice any hesitations or swaying feeling, there could be an issue with the transmission. If you notice an issue with the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.  
January 3, 2017

Why the Transmission is Needed

  The transmission uses the power of your vehicle to move the engine at various speeds. A car will either have automatic transmission or manual transmission. Automatic vehicles perform all the work for you such as shifting from precise operating systems. Manual transmissions are run entirely by the driver.   Transmission fluid is used to lubricate all the components of your car’s transmission. This allows for the parts to move among one another more smoothly and produce less friction and heat. It also helps your engine operate at its peak performance, so having it under your hood is important. Transmission fluid is typically red or green and every car requires a specific type of transmission fluid in order to operate correctly.   Automatic and manual transmission fluid is different in how it is made. Automatic transmission fluid is made up of synthetic liquids and oils that are combined with chemical compounds. Manual transmission fluids are made up of motor oil, gear oil and occasionally of automatic transmission fluid. Because of the harmful chemicals that are associated with transmission fluid, it is important to keep it up and out of reach of individuals.   You should watch your RPMs while you drive and shift. If your vehicle is revving much higher than it normally does at lower speeds, this is a sign of internal problems with your transmission. By listening to your engine, you are able to notice a loud sound while accelerating. This may signify that your manual transmission could be having difficulties shifting gears and your parts are grinding together. Be aware of odd smells coming from your engine. If odors or smoke are detected, you should pull your vehicle over immediately. If your vehicle is not responding as it should, this is an indicator you might have a failing transmission. By making yourself aware of signs that something might be wrong with your transmission, you can detect and diagnose problems much faster.   Without your transmission your vehicle will not be able to operate, which is why you should take steps to prolong the life of the transmission. By down shifting your automatic transmission while exiting off a highway off-ramp, you are making your engine slow down too quickly. This can cause gears to wear against each other, which can potentially cause a leak or crack in your transmissions components. Make sure to only shift your automatic transmission for instance, from reverse to drive, when you are completely stopped. Shifting when your vehicle is still in motion overworks the u-joints and causes additional stress on the transmission.