Your vehicle is able to travel with help from a complex power source, and that is your transmission. In its simplest explanation, the transmission is an assembly of parts that include gears and propeller shafts that transmit power from the engine to your vehicle’s axle. A car can have one of two transmission types: manual or automatic. Regardless of which type you have, when your transmission starts to fail, you will notice a decrease in power.
Common Problems that Will Require a Transmission Repair
Vehicle transmissions can last a while, but there are certain common problems that can arise with a transmission (both automatic and manual):
- Lack of response. Your vehicle may hesitate or refuse to go into proper gear or you may notice a sudden surge in RPMs when you switch gears. You may notice that the vehicle does not actually move as fast as it seems by the sound you hear when that surge in RPM occurs.
- Whining, humming or clunking noises. Any odd sounds coming from your vehicle are cause for concern. A manual transmission may give off a sound that is louder and more mechanical, such as clunking/clashing gears.
- Burning smell. Burning smells could indicate an overheating transmission or overheating fluid. As these overheat, the system starts to break down and the increased friction could lead to major damage of the transmission’s internal components.
- Slipping gears or refusing to go into the correct gear. While all vehicles have their odd “quirks”, a transmission should never slip out of gear or refuse to go into the desired one. This is a serious safety risk that must be assessed by your auto repair shop as soon as possible.
- Leaking fluid or frequently low fluid levels. A leak is one of the biggest indicators that you have a transmission problem. You will see the red/dark red fluid on your driveway or in the garage. Automatic transmission fluid is the lifeblood of your vehicle and when the pressure is low or fluid leaks, your transmission cannot receive proper lubrication.
Repairing or Replacing Your Transmission
Once you recognize there is a problem with your transmission, the next step is to have it professionally repaired or replaced without delay. Some problems can be repaired, such as a leak or replacing the transmission fluid. If you are trying to decide whether you should repair or replace your transmission, consider these facts:
- Repair Pros and Cons – Repairing is the low cost method for getting back on the road and you will experience less downtime. However, repairs still come at a cost and could eventually add up to half or more than the cost of a rebuild if you need them frequently. If a different component of the transmission fails later on, that will be an additional cost to consider.
- Replacement Pros and Cons – Replacing a transmission with a new or rebuilt version is relatively simple and can save you costs in the long run. Also, a rebuilt or new transmission could come with a warranty, which is added peace of mind. For minor repairs, replacement may not make financial sense though. Your car mechanic can evaluate the state of your vehicle’s transmission and recommend the best solution.
If you have noticed issues with your vehicle’s transmission, bring it in for auto repair at AutoNiche today. Our service professionals can help assess the cause of your transmission troubles and go over the pros and cons of repair versus replacement.
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