Being concerned about the transmission is not a useless worry. This is an essential part of any automobile and has to perform well. Repairing a damaged transmission is going to cost quite a bit of money. Instead of having to deal with a sizable raid on your finances, making sure that the transmission of your car works well is a smart move.
Knowing if the transmission is working fine can be a process of addressing some of the more common problems. Your transmission is going to speak to you in a very harsh language. There are noises that indicate trouble. If there’s a clanking sound that arises whenever you shift gears with a manual transmission, then there’s something not right with the transmission. In fact, any noise that you have never heard before coming from underneath the car may be a signal the transmission is malfunctioning. A whining noise is also something that sings of distress in the transmission. Bump and grind may be fun on the dance floor, but if the car is shaking or making a gritty, grinding sound as it moves into gear there is a difficulty in the transmission.
A car should be able to shift gears without problem whether it is manual or automatic. Should it happen that it goes into neutral without your effort, there’s a problem that could be a serious safety issue. Noise when the car is in neutral could mean that there is problem with the transmission fluid. As a matter fact, low transmission fluid is a common problem that is very easy to fix. If you inspect your transmission fluid it should be bright red and smell sweet. If the color is much darker and the fluid smells burnt, then the transmission fluid in the car should either be flushed or changed. The transmission fluid under normal circumstances is sealed tightly within the system. If you notice any spots on the driveway where your car has been parked, place some paper underneath the vehicle. If it appears that there is red or at dark brown fluid this is a sign of the transmission fluid leak. It should be taken care of as soon as possible.
Lights on the dashboard are not Christmas decorations. They are intended to notify you that all is not well underneath the hood. If the “Check Engine Light” starts flashing something is wrong. It might not be the transmission, but it still needs to be looked at.
Inspection of the transmission may uncover some problems that could include parts having to be replaced. The transmission is a well tooled piece of equipment, the numerous parts that are necessary. If you have a warranty be sure to inspect it. There may be a clause that says that original manufacturer’s equipment (OEM) are the only things covered. Automotive repair centers will use aftermarket parts, but a warranty usual not covers them. It is why you should insist on asking mechanic what kind of parts will be used. Only when you are satisfied with the response, you should authorize any repair work.
A conscientious car owner will take a look at the owner’s manual regarding transmission maintenance. This is a very durable piece of machinery, and does not take much to maintain properly. Most auto mechanics recommend replacing transmission fluids at least every 30,000 miles. That is for a vehicle that drives on fairly normal roads. If there less than great conditions, such as stop and go traffic or country roads that have not been repaired lately, then the transmission fluid change should come sooner.
The absence of the given noises with a dashboard that is not lighting up with alarm let you know that everything is fine with your transmission. A final piece of advice is to let an auto mechanic in a reputable repair center take care of the job. It is important to ask questions, particularly about the use of OEM or aftermarket parts. Nevertheless, the repair center has the tools and diagnostic equipment needed to identify exactly where the problem is. If the transmission needs repair and is completed, you may wish to consider buying another warranty. These are certainly available and can be for one or two years, depending on the terms in the document. Transmissions are meant to operate smoothly for years. Paying attention to any warning signs and authorizing routine maintenance will extend the life of this necessary cart machinery.