If you drive an automobile with an automatic transmission, plan to have it serviced every 30,000 miles. This is the average mileage duration between services. You can check your owner’s manual for your vehicle manufacturer’s specific recommendations. Kirk’s Auto Care advises that you will know if your transmission is having problems. The reason why is that you will experience one or more of the following signs of transmission problems below.
Problems With the Gears
If your vehicle is having problems shifting gears, there is something going on with the transmission. It could be something as simple as low transmission fluid or a more severe problem. You may notice that your vehicle is difficult to get into gear, that it does not shift through the gear cycle, or that it slips out of gear once it is in gear.
Sometimes, burning odors accompany the gear problems. The most common reason why your transmission will overheat is low transmission fluid. It’s important to have your transmission fluid changed every 30,000 miles. This ensures that it is fresh, doing its job properly, and filled to the maximum capacity.
Oftentimes, your transmission problems will reveal themselves in strange noises. You may hear humming while your vehicle is in neutral, your gears may grind when they shift, or you may hear squealing noises coming from underneath your automobile. It’s important to have any strange sounds inspected as soon as possible to find out what’s wrong.
Strange sensations will also accompany transmission problems. Your vehicle may clunk into gear, shake or vibrate when it shifts gears, or lose power when it slips out of gear. All of these things point to serious problems with your automatic transmission, so it’s important to have it inspected as soon as possible. Doing so helps to avoid additional transmission wear and tear.
The transmission can leak fluid out of the hoses, the transmission pan, the transmission pan gasket, the torque converter, or even out of the seals. You will notice the transmission fluid underneath your automobile toward the center. The fluid will be red, light brown, or brown.
Check Engine Warning
Finally, the check engine light will come on if your transmission is having problems. It would seem that the transmission would have a light of its own, but it doesn’t. As such, the engine control module turns on the check engine light to alert you of transmission trouble.
Kirk’s Auto Care in Livonia, MI, and Farmington Hills, MI, would be happy to help. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for your automobile.