Car Lessons: Guide To Understand & Diagnose Transmission Issues

Nobody wants car trouble, but that does not mean that a problem won't arise. One of the most troubling car problems is a transmission issue. The following guide will help you understand and diagnose a transmission problem. 

Understand Your Transmission

Your transmission is responsible for changing gears when you speed up or slow down. This little compartment in your car is supremely important to your overall driving experience. Your transmission is made up of several components like the following:

  1. The bell housing is usually a cone-shaped metal case that helps contain and protect your transmission. You can see this on the side of your engine underneath your vehicle.
  2. The gears give your vehicle the command that is needed, such as for speed or reversing. 
  3. Your transmission fluid protects the gears from overheating. 
  4. The filter helps keep any junk from entering the transmission mechanism. This junk can impair your vehicle's ability to shift smoothly, or adequately respond to your demands. 

Common Symptoms of Transmission Problems

The following are a few symptoms that are associated with your transmission:

  • Your vehicle will stop shifting smoothly. In an automatic car, this will feel as if your car is jolting as it drives. 
  • You might hear strange noises coming from under the hood like humming, whining, clicking, or knocking. 
  • The vehicle may not move or shift when the engine is cold.
  • Engine slips are another common sign of a transmission problem.
  • Your car might stall.
  • Your transmission may overheat. You can smell a rancid smell coming from your car, or your transmission fluid may turn brown instead of red. This problem can destroy your transmission and must be taken care of quickly. The overheating issue is usually associated with a bad transmission filter and has to be taken care of by your transmission specialist. 

Simple Fixes

One of the most common reasons for shifting problems is that you simply do not have enough transmission fluid to let the gears shift smoothly. All you have to do is use your owner's manual to find the transmission dipstick, and check if you have enough fluid. Refill transmission fluid if you need to. 

The next issue that could be causing these problems could be a leak. You can fix a small leak with a stop-leak solution that you can get from your local auto parts store. But this usually only works when you have a small leak around your bell housing. So check on that to see if the stop-leak fixes the issue, just follow the instructions on the bottle. 

Talk to a transmission repair specialist like Power Shift Transmissions should the problems continue. 

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A little fender-bender might not seem like that big of a deal, but frame damage can go a long way. When I got into a little accident last summer, I wrote it off and figured that it wasn't a big deal. Unfortunately, I waited until I had already burned through a few sets of tires to have my car looked at by a professional. The goal of my blog is to help other car owners understand the importance of having their car repaired right away, instead of procrastinating. You never know what kind of underlying damage your car has, but a professional can spot damage and repair it correctly.


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