The transmission system is an integral part of the car. Most people use the transmission system and gearbox interchangeably, so don’t get confused should your mechanic do so. The transmission is responsible for vital car operations because it transmits power from the engines to the wheels, ensures reliable acceleration, and smoothens the shifting of gears
For automatic cars where one does not shift gears, noticing a transmission problem may be a bit challenging. Here are five common transmission problems and how you can solve them.
Overheating is a common transmission problem that may quickly transform from a quick fix to a very expensive problem. If you sense a burning smell under the bonnet, first check the engine thermostat on the dash. If the engine temperature is high, then it’s an engine problem, and you should get immediate servicing. However, if the engine temperature is low, then it’s a transmission problem. The problem arises when the transmission fluid remains unchanged for a long time causing it to wear out and affecting its lubrication properties. To solve this problem, remove the dipstick and check the transmission fluid. If it is black and sludgy, you should replace the transmission fluid. If it is clear, you may have a blocked transmission line, and you should have it replaced by qualified personnel.
2. Leaking fluid
The other common transmission problem is leaking fluid. Transmission fluid keeps the moving parts in the gearbox lubricated. Additionally, the transmission fluid does not burn off, unlike engine oil. Therefore, a low transmission fluid level indicates there is a hole that needs plugging. Fluid deposits on the driveway, and a car that drives well but has problems reversing signify that transmission fluid is leaking. To check your fluid level on the automatic transmission, go for a short drive to warm up the engine, park on level ground, and check the transmission fluid dipstick. If the fluid is bright translucent red, and has a nice smell, the fluid level is okay. However, if the fluid is dark in color, smells burned, or is of low level, book an automatic transmission service immediately.
3. Slow response when shifting
If you have been driving for a while, you are well aware that the moment you shift from park to drive, the car should immediately respond in the proper gear. If you notice a delay when you shift into drive or park, then there is a transmission problem with your car. Should you notice this problem, book an automatic transmission service. Of course, we trust that you will book an appointment with us, your number one stop auto repair shop.
4. Slow response on acceleration
Slow response on acceleration is an indication of problems with the transmission system. There could be a number of causes to slow response on acceleration on an automatic transmission. They include air in the fluid system, problems with the master cylinder, faulty or worn-out clutch components, and a possible combination of issues. Therefore, the only fix for this problem is to get your transmission checked by qualified personnel.
5. Noisy transmission in neutral
The last common problem for the automatic transmission is noisy transmission in neutral. If your transmission makes a bumpy noise when you shift to neutral, there is a likelihood that the fluid level is low, and you should top it up. If you still hear noise when shifting to neutral, there is a problem with the bearings, the gear teeth, or the reverse idle gear. Only a professional can make the necessary changes. However, it is not costly to replace these components, and you should do it early before the problem gets magnified.