February 9, 2017

Transmission Issues to be Aware of

  One part that is important to inspect is the transmission. Problems with the transmission are most often caused by neglect. This vital component should not be overlooked when it comes to proper care and maintenance. Depending on the make or model of the vehicle, the transmission assembly may vary according to design and function. If you notice any weird noises or odd smells from the vehicle, make sure to contact us as soon as you can. We can inspect the transmission to make sure it is operating efficiently.   Leaks could be caused by a variety of factors such as a loose filler tube, defective pan gasket, or a converter housing area leakage. Check your garage for red oil leaks to confirm the presence of a leak. It would be advisable to bring the vehicle in to have the system checked and repaired. Fluid leaks could be fixed by replacing the gasket, internal or external oil filters, or tightening the oil pan bolts to stop the leak. Remember to check fluid levels regularly, especially when a leak is evident, to prevent further damage to the transmission.   A buzzing or whirring noise when in operation is a common problem that occurs due to insufficient fluid levels, scored or broken gears or a defective torque converter. Any transmission noise that occurs while driving should be given attention immediately. It is advised to check the level of automatic transmission fluid before traveling or driving on daily commutes. Replenish the fluid when necessary to check if the noises heard are due to insufficient fluid levels in the crankcase.   If an unusual burnt smell is noticed upon checking the condition of the fluid, clogged fluid cooler lines could cause it. It could also be from a defective oil pump or low fluid level. Be wary that the presence of brownish fluid accompanied by a burnt smell could hint at serious transmission damage when left untreated. It would be best to replenish the level of fluid or have the system drained and flushed to correct the problem. The oil filter may be clogged as well, and will need replacement. Also remember to schedule an appointment anytime you notice an issue with the vehicle. By inspecting an issue at the first sign, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run, as well as providing a reliable drive.
January 4, 2017

The Importance of the Transmission

  The transmission of your vehicle is essential for proper function. It allows you to switch gears and run the vehicle. A transmission is an assembly of parts that allows power to be sent from a power source that drives the vehicle. Some transmissions use gears and a clutch to covert the speed of the vehicle. Transmissions are needed because it helps regulate the maximum RPM in which the engine can go without damaging the part and exploding. The RPM range depicts the amount and horsepower and torque needed for the vehicle to work properly. An automatic transmission is the simplest form of transmission in that there is no clutch pedal or gear shifting needed to operate the vehicle. However, transmissions are one of the most important and complex pieces of your vehicle. The automatic transmission’s primary job is to allow the engine to operate in a narrow range of speeds while providing a wide range of output speeds. Once the vehicle is put into drive, it is ready to be driven and no further shifting is needed. This is unless reverse or park is required, because manual transmissions change gears without driver input. Manual transmissions are more difficult to operate because of the clutch and gear operating system. Most manual vehicles use a five-speed transmission that applies one of five different gear ratios to the input shaft to produce a different RPM value. In order to know when you should shift gears, you should pay attention to the RPM on the dashboard. Once the RPM reaches a certain number that is when you will know to push down on the clutch and use the shifter to move the gear up or down. This allows the vehicle to stay at the appropriate RPM for the speed in which you are driving. If you notice any odd noises when the vehicle shifts gears, schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in. If the transmission fluid is cloudy, muddy or has a burnt smell to it, this means that the fluid should be changed. If you feel vibrations or jerks when you are shifting gears, this can mean that your vehicle is low on transmission fluid and should be looked at. Any type of grinding noise coming from under the floorboards is a concern and can indicate a major problem. Also, when switching gears if you notice an unexpected delay this is yet another sign of a failing transmission. Bring the vehicle in, and you will know what the issue may be. This can help to save you time, money, and stress in the long run.