Being the part that transmits power from the engine to the drive axle so that the wheels can move, problems with the transmission can bring your car to a complete stop and be a safety hazard. There are a number of signs that will alert you to transmission problems:
- Lack of response where the car won’t get into gear or does so with resistance
- Odd sounds of whining, humming or clunking. These are usually louder in cars with manual transmission.
- Fluid that is low or leaking which is one of the most common causes of transmission problems. Automatic transmission fluid conditions, cleans and lubricates the seals and acts as a hydraulic fluid. Without it or when it is low, the engine seizes and stops completely.
- Grinding, jerking and shaking which point to a problem with the gears or clutch in cars with manual transmission. With automatic ones, instead of smooth gear transition, there will be a delay when changing from one gear to another.
- A burning smell which could be caused by overheated transmission fluid or the wrong brand of it for a particular brand of a car. The problem can cause a complete breakdown of the engine.
- A car that is not getting into gear at all is another pointer to transmission problems. In manual cars, the car will not shift into gear at all after engaging the clutch. The problem may be that the shift cables need adjustment, the clutch linkage or the wrong consistency of the transmission fluid. In automatic ones, the problem could be with the computerized system.
- Transmission problems can also be indicated by an engine light that goes on. A car’s engine has sensors on various parts so that an alert is send to the computer if there is unusual activity from a particular part of the engine. The sensors on a transmission pick up the slightest of jerks and vibrations that cannot be seen and felt.
- A transmission that is noisy even when the gear is in neutral is another indicator of a problem in this part of the engine. Worn out parts like the bearings, gear teeth or reverse idler gear may need to be replaced.
- A transmission that remains is a particular gear until it is shifted is another problem. A transmission that slips in and out of gear spontaneously is a serious safety risk.
- Manual cars may have a problem of a dragging clutch where the clutch disk fails to disengage and the clutch keeps spinning with the engine making it difficult or impossible to change gears.
Periodic transmission service will prevent such problems, some of which present major risk to the driver and other road users. Complete transmission service includes:
- Removing and inspecting the sump or pan
- Cleaning the pan
- Installing a new pan gasket on the pan
- Replacing or cleaning the filter or screen
- Adding a friction modifier or additive package
- Flushing out old transmission fluid and replacing it with fresh, high quality fluid. New fluid optimizes the holding power between the clutches which reduces slipping and heat. Flushing old liquid also removes dirt like tiny metal shavings and clutch bits that clog passages and cause wear throughout the transmission.
Top Transmission Service
If you are in Chesapeake or surrounding areas, you can get the best transmission service at the Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square dealership. Located on 4021 Portsmouth Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321, transmission and other maintenance services are offered six days a week by our friendly service department. If any parts are needed, factory-sourced genuine ones will be used and the job will be done by accredited, experienced auto technicians.