Your car’s transmission is one of its most important parts. This system is essential in directing the power from the engine to the driveshaft, allowing the wheels to turn. Needless to say, when you experience transmission problems, these issues will most likely render your vehicle useless.
Taking proper care of your transmission with regular maintenance and servicing is vital to the internal workings of your transmission. When you bring your prized vehicle into European Prestige Auto Service we do our best to ensure your transmission performs reliably and smoothly.
In the event that you experience problems with your car’s transmission, you should know how to detect them. You can address them early on, thus preventing it from growing into more serious issues. You should be able to identify signs of low transmission fluids, delayed engagement and other common types of transmission problems.
Low Transmission Fluid Levels or Leaks
Some of the most common transmission problems are low fluid levels or fluid leaks. Most of the time, when you see signs of low transmission fluids, it can mean that there are leaks in the system. It is possible that the driveshaft’s or transmission’s seals have become faulty, causing the fluid leak. In some cases, you’d need to replace the transmission gasket seals. On the other hand, it is possible that the coolant from the radiator has contaminated the transmission fluid.
In general, signs of low transmission fluids include gear slippage or slow shifting. If your fluid is contaminated or it needs to be replaced, make sure you bring your vehicle to European Prestige Auto Service. We will have your transmission fluid completely flushed and refilled.
You may start to notice that your vehicle is refusing to change gears, or that the gear shifts aren’t as smooth. You may even hear or feel a noticeable ‘thud’ or ‘clunk’ whenever you shift gears. It is possible that you’re experiencing transmission problems when the car has difficulty getting up to speed.
One of the blown transmission symptoms is delayed engagement in your car. You might try to shift out of ‘P’ and into ‘D’, but there is a long pause before the vehicle moves forward. You will notice that the engine is already revving but your car is not moving.
If your car has a manual transmission and you notice your clutch to be dragging, it is probably because the flywheel and the clutch disc are not disengaging when you press your foot against the clutch pedal. The clutch will continue to spin and it will be difficult to change gears, if not impossible. You will also hear a grinding sound when you try to switch gears.
Problems with the Torque Converter
Problems with the torque converter can also lead to damaged or failing transmission. One of the most common issues related to the torque converter is damaged or worn out needle bearings. The transmission might produce strange noises when you shift gears. This is probably because the needle bearings’ temperature increased. It is unlikely that you will hear strange sounds from the transmission when your vehicle is in neutral. However, when you are in a driving gear, you will hear brushing or grinding noises.
The solenoid is responsible for the fluid flow throughout the transmission system. In some cases, insufficient fluid levels or electrical problems may damage the solenoid. It is worth noting that solenoid issues are typically similar to those of fluid leaks or inadequate fluid levels. If you notice slipping in your transmission and yet there are no leaks, you should check the solenoid next.
The clutch can be found within the torque converter and it can sometimes get jammed. When this happens, the solenoid becomes stuck, resulting to incorrect calculation of transmission fluid in the torque converter. This sort of problem can appear to be like low fluid levels. Moreover, you will also notice violent shaking underneath your car which causes high heat temperatures in the transmission. Normally, clutch problems are accompanied by a very sharp drop in the engine’s power output.
Your manual transmission car should stay in your selected gear until you shift. With an automatic transmission, shifting gears can be done by the computer. The manual transmission may be slipping If you notice that your car is moving to another gear without any effort on your part. In automatic transmission, the vehicle may slide into neutral for no reason at all. In such cases, you should bring your vehicle to European Prestige Auto Service immediately.
Such problems can be a huge safety risk. Hitting the gas with no power to the wheels can spell disaster when you’re trying to avoid a hazardous situation. It is possible that the gear linkage has worn out or it may be broken. If this happens to you, do not waste time. Just get it fixed immediately. Of all the transmission issues we mentioned in this article, most of them won’t get you into a fatal accident, except this one.
Burning Smell from Under the Hood
One of symptoms of a blown transmission is a burning smell coming from under the hood. There are many factors that may cause such smell. However, one of the primary causes is often an overheated transmission fluid. If this happens to you, make sure you calm down and have an expert technician from European Prestige Auto Service check it as soon as possible.
It is not a good idea to diagnose certain transmission issues if you are not a professional mechanic. Keep in mind that whenever you hear or feel strange things from your vehicle, you shouldn’t wait until the issue goes away. Most of the time, they won’t. The urgent thing you need to do is take your car to European Prestige Auto Service, to prevent any further catastrophic damage.
When you fix your transmission problems early on, you can save time and money. Aside from that, you can prevent accidents on the road.
So, if you need to get your transmission problems fixed, do not hesitate to bring your car to European Prestige Auto Service. Our team of highly skilled and qualified mechanics specialise in taking care of luxury and exotic vehicles from Europe.