The transmission is a complicated component of your car
Your car’s transmission is a very delicate piece of machinery that requires routine maintenance. If it does not receive service or maintenance it can start to break down, due to general high mileage wear and tear. It can begin to have numerous problems that could result in its eventual inability to shift. This could leave you stranded, waiting for a tow truck. Of course, problems detected early enough may only require a small adjustment or service. A quick check of your fluids can prevent trouble you can avoid. Pay attention for these signs of transmission trouble. If you run into any problems be sure to contact a professional technician at any of our NAPA Auto Care Centers of Kendall, right away.
Transmission fluid flushes should be performed every 30,000 miles and transmission fluid levels should be checked every six months. Now that you know how often to check your transmission fluid, you’re one step closer to extending the life of your transmission!
5 Signs Your Transmission needs service
1. Car refuses to change gears as usual
Your car may feel like it’s refusing to change
gears as it normally does, or the gear shifts aren’t very smooth. Sometimes you
can feel or hear a noticeable “clunk” or “thud” when the car finally shifts
gears. You may also notice the car has difficultly getting up to speed or stays
in a low gear for a longer period of time then normal.
2. Car gears slipping while driving
Your car gears impulsively slip in and out of
place while your driving. This scenario is also highly dangerous while you’re
on the road. If you experience gear slippage while driving, please bring your
car into one of our NAPA Auto Care Centers of Kendall immediately.
3. Burning smell
Transmission fluid often smells tart or slightly
sweet. When you notice a burning smell coming from your car. This odor is often
an indication that your transmission is overheating or the transmission fluid
is old and burning. This can cause friction problems among the moving parts in your
transmission. If you notice this burning smell, please bring your car to the
nearest NAPA Auto Care Centers of Kendall.
4. Transmission fluid leak
If you spot a reddish fluid leaking from your
car you likely just discovered a transmission fluid leak. Low levels of fluid
can result in catastrophic damage to the transmission, likely requiring a
rebuild or replacement. If you notice anything dripping from your vehicle get
to your nearest NAPA Auto Care Centers of Kendall
5. Transmission warning light
Your car is likely equipped with a dashboard indicator light for the transmission. If this light comes on it may mean that there is overheating occurring, or if it is computer assisted, the light may be illuminated due to the electronics malfunctioning. In any case it would be wise to bring your car into one of our NAPA Auto Care Centers of Kendall and have our trained technicians look into this issue.