an eye on your transmission fluid is vital to a well-maintained
vehicle. Otherwise, you could end up paying for transmission shipping
and replacement. If you notice any of the following signs when
driving, it’s time to take a look under the hood.
fluid is responsible for transferring engine power to the
transmission, which means that if you’re low on fluid, you’re not
going to be able to shift gears effectively. This can manifest as
“slipping,” when your vehicle enters a higher gear, only to fall
back out. Your shifts may also be erratic or accompanied by a
second purpose of transmission fluid is to absorb heat generated by
your car’s moving parts. Low fluid means heat gets trapped in your
car’s inner workings, which can result in damage such as the
on metal parts
transmission bands and clutches
of overheating include smoke and a burnt smell. If you notice either
of these signs, you need to pull over immediately. Continuing to
drive can further the damage and have you considering rebuilt
may need to top off your fluid if you notice a distinct pause before
gear transition when changing between Reverse and Drive. Hydraulic
pressure is responsible for producing this shift and low fluid means
may also notice a “hard” shift when driving. This stems from the
same issue, resulting in a lurching or rough gear engagement when
you have a leak, you may notice marks on your driveway. Transmission
fluid should be a bright red color and usually smells sweet. However,
if your levels are low, the remaining fluid may be dark or smell
burnt as a consequence of absorbing heat. If you notice either of
these signs, you need to have the issue addressed right away.
of the worst scenarios you may encounter is your car simply refuses
to shift gears. This indicates that there’s no fluid left and may
be resolved by filling your reservoir. However, you should still have
your vehicle checked, as it may have suffered internal damage.
If you’ve fixed any leaks and refilled your transmission fluid, but your car still exhibits these issues, it’s likely time for a replacement. Trans Work Transmission can help you get your vehicle back into shape by shipping a rebuilt, new or wholesale transmission to replace your failed machinery. Find out more by calling us at 608-742-5136 or going online.
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