Troubleshooting Transmission Repairs

As your car ages, transmission issues may arise. Transmissions can be costly to have professionally repaired or replaced. Before driving your vehicle to the automotive repair shop, try these steps to repair the transmission yourself:

21406999_ml_crop.jpgFirst decide if the problem is your transmission. If you’re experiencing shifting gears, loud noises, or an engine running hot when parked, then your transmission probably needs repaired. However, if none of this is happening, then it is probably not the transmission.

Check for leaking, low, or dirty fluid. This is easy to check. If you see bright red or dark fluid under your car, your transmission may have a small hole that is causing your automatic transmission fluid to leak. Fluid that has sediment in it or that is sticky can cause gears to stick or slip. Drive your car the distance required to get the engine hot. Raise the hood, pull out the dipstick, and wipe it clean with a rag. Dip it, pull it out, and check the fluid. The fluid should be yellow or brown. Darker fluid probably means it is dirty, and you SHOULD NOT change the fluid. Instead, buy a treatment at an automotive supply store and follow its directions. Another problem regarding transmission fluid will occur if it is too low. Drive a short distance in your car, lift the hood, and pull out the dipstick. If it is low, then you may have a leak. Top off your transmission fluid to keep the transmission working properly until it can be repaired.

You notice a burning smell. This could be low fluid level or the incorrect fluid is being used. You may want to change your filter if it has not been changed in a while. Also, if the engine makes a bumping noise when the car is shifted into neutral, this may indicate low transmission fluid.

fuel injection cleaningWatch your dashboard’s RPM meter. For the average car, if the meter is lower than 1.5, then you are okay. If it is 1.5 or higher, you may have a problem.

If your car is experiencing any of the following, it should be repaired by a professional:

  • Your check engine light is on.
  • The car is grinding or shaking when attempting to shift into gear.
  • You hear unusual noises that you have not heard before, such as whining or humming.
  • The car refuses or hesitates to go into gear.
  • The transmission slips out of gear while driving.
  • You may not have the proper tools and equipment for the repairs, and you do not want to go through the expense of buying them.

In conclusion, keep up with your car’s regular maintenance. If the problem is a simple one to fix, such as low fluid, a leak, or a burning smell, you should be able to handle the repairs yourself. Remember to use higher octane gas in your fuel tank as it makes your car and its components run better. Hiring a professional can save you money in the long run by simply and correctly diagnosing your problem. Another benefit is a professional will be able to spot other issues you may be unaware of. They should be able to handle the repairs quicker since they are more experienced.