The transmission on your car is a vital part of making the car run. It can also be a costly problem to deal with. Getting the car to the dealership service center, like Len Stoler Dodge Chrysler Jeep, at the first sign of trouble can save money later.
Signs of Transmission Problems
Leaks coming from the tramission is on of the easiest ways to know that there is a problem with the trasmission. Leaking transmission can go from a small leak to a big problem very face. The transmission fluid helps the transmission be able to shift gears. Unlike oil, the transmission fluid doesn’t get consumed or burn up, so if the trasmission fluid is low, it means that there is a leak. Checking the trasmission fluid regularly is the best way to notice if there is a leak. A leak doesn’t always mean a big problem. It can be fixed and before it causes severe damage. A transmission leak can come from from worn seals and gaskets, damaged bell housings, a loose transmission pan, out of balance drive shaft or worn axles and transmission mounts.
When checking the transmission fluid, leave the car running. Pull out the transmission fluid dip stick, wipe and insert again. Pull it out again and read the dip stick. This will give you the correct level reading.
Transmission fluid smells slightly sweet or tart. If there is a light burning smell, it is time to get the fluid checked and changed. This is a problem that can and will get worse fast. The transmission fluid is vital to keeping the parts of the transmission lubricated and from burning itself off. If the transmission fluid is severly burnt, it could mean that the transmission is burning and that will mean you need a complete transmission rebuild.
Warning Light Activates
The check engine light, along with other warning lights, in newer cars are very sensitive to any irregularities. When it comes to transmissions, the sensors will recognize any early problems that you might not be able to see or feel. One of the things that can triggor a sensor is the transmission temperture. This means that the fluid is hotter than it should be which means that the transmission is also hotter than it should be. If this light comes on, immediately check the transmission fluid and engine coolant level. Then call and make an appointment with the dealership service center.
Manual and automatic transmissions sound different when it is malfunctioning. As you drive your car, you will learn what sounds are normal and what sounds are not. For a manual transmission, a common warning sign is a grinding feeling or sound when shifting gears. If there is a grinding sound once the clutch is engaged it may mean the the clutch is worn. For automatic transmissions, there will be a shimmy feeling or a kick when gear shifts if there is a problem. If there is an issue, there is a whining, buzzing or humming sounds. If you experience any of these, it is important to get the car serviced and checked out by a professional.
Whenever there is an issue with the transmission, it is important to get the engine checked. Call your local service center for an appointment.