5 Common Transmission Problems & How to Fix Them
If you’re driving a car with a manual transmission and it doesn’t shift right or even go into gear at all, then your transmission isn’t working properly. Understanding more about your transmission allows you to better take care of it with preventative maintenance. When your transmission isn’t working properly and there’s something damaged inside, it’s best to have it repaired as soon as possible before it leads to further internal issues, more damage, and more expenses. If there is significant internal transmission damage, you may have no other option but to rebuild it or replace it.
Here are the most common transmission problems and how to fix them:
Your vehicle’s transmission fluid is the lifeblood of its transmission system. When the fluid levels are too low, components don’t work properly and lead to internal damage. Your transmission fluid level needs to be checked periodically. In addition to the level, the consistency of the fluid also needs to be looked at. Any abnormalities such as thickness, or a burnt smell should be noticed and taken care of. Or if there are any contaminants like dirt, grease, metal shavings, or water, you will need to get your vehicle to the auto shop to have the transmission inspected as soon as possible.
Transmission Fluid Leaks
Low transmission fluid levels are often caused by fluid leaks. The most common culprit for fluid leaks is a worn-out transmission pan gasket. The seal needs to be perfectly tight otherwise fluid will start leaking which will cause problems. Serious transmission leaks may be caused by a crack or other damage to the transmission pan or the housing. These problems are very serious, and you need to get them addressed by a transmission specialist.
Failing Torque Converter
A torque converter controls the torque between the engine and transmission in automatic transmission vehicles so that they can shift properly from gear to gear. This piece of equipment is very sensitive and can fail over time. If you notice clunking, shuddering, grinding, or any vibrations while you drive, these could be signs of a failing torque converter or another significant transmission issue that needs to be inspected by a transmission specialist.
The clutch system in manual transmission vehicles allows you to manually control shifting between gears. This system features several key moving components that need to be working together for a smooth ride. When your clutch pedal is loose or your vehicle is having trouble shifting, you need to have the clutch and other transmission components checked out by a professional.
Solenoid valves control the flow of transmission fluid and change the gears in modern automatic transmissions. When a solenoid is failing, trouble shifting into certain gears will happen and it can potentially lead to all kinds of other transmission problems. Bad solenoids should be replaced immediately to avoid more significant transmission damage and expenses.
These are just five of the most common transmission issues but if you are experiencing any problems such as trouble shifting, grinding gears, strange noises, or fluid leaks, it is important to take your car in for an inspection right away. There are other potential problems with transmissions but the sooner these problems are identified and addressed, the less damage and expenses that may occur. At Best Western Transmission, we have the expertise necessary to diagnose and fix even the most complex transmission problems quickly and efficiently. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.