How does your transmission work? And how to know it's in trouble.

Your transmission is part of the heart of your car. This vital part of your vehicle is designed to (either manually or automatically) shift your car into the correct gear and keep your car running smoothly—whether you’re speeding up or slowing down.

So, how does this important part of your car accomplish these important tasks? And how will you know when it’s failing to work properly?

Why Your Transmission Is Important

Shifts into gear automatically

When healthy and working properly, your car’s transmission should shift gears automatically, giving you the pace and performance you need on the road. A sure sign your transmission is in trouble: your car refuses to shift gears. Low transmission fluid or the wrong viscosity (thickness) of fluid can prohibit your transmission from being able to function properly, or, your transmission might simply require an adjustment in the shift cables or clutch linkage.

Changes gears smoothly

Your transmission should change gears so smoothly that oftentimes, you won’t even be able to notice. If you notice a grinding or shaking in your car when you are changing gears, the source is most likely a worn clutch or transmission gear synchronizers that are also worn or damaged.

Stays in gear automatically

Your transmission will help your car remain in gear automatically. However, if your transmission is experiencing trouble, your car might unexpectedly slip or pop out of gear. Oftentimes, this is a result of a problem within your car’s computer system.

Five Signals You Need Transmission Repair

While most drivers know transmission issues are expensive, many drivers don’t know what signs to look for. The team at the Christian Brothers Automotive, however, is experienced with transmission maintenance. Here are five signs that your transmission needs to be checked out by our ASE-certified technicians.

Slipping transmission

Your transmission has just slipped if you’re driving and the gear changes for no apparent reason. The gear change is accompanied by a sound from the engine. If it happens, you’ll usually feel the car is underpowered and the accelerator won’t operate normally.

Rough Shifting

Your vehicle will also shift gears as you accelerate or decelerate. Transmissions that are in really bad shape won’t shift gears smoothly or sometimes at all. You may also hear or feel a distinctive “clunk” when it finally does shift.

Delayed Movement

When you first shift your car from park into drive, you might experience a long pause before the car actually starts to pull forward. If this happens, your car won’t nudge, even with you giving it some gas.

Transmission Fluid Leak

Transmissions are sealed and should never leak. You’ll easily spot the bright red liquid if the transmission does leak. Be aware, however, that the fluid can sometimes turn brown or dark red. Visit your local auto repair shop if you think your transmission is leaking. Experienced technicians will check the manufacture specifications because overfilling can lead to bigger problems.

Check Engine Light

Check engine light will illuminate for a variety of reasons. The transmission being off is one of these. If you’re experiencing any symptoms listed above and the check engine light turns on, it’s very important to seek a professional auto technician for help.

Call us today at Christian Brothers Automotive to schedule an appointment for your transmission service! Experience the nice difference in auto repair.