Editor’s Note: This blog and information have been updated as of December 2021.
As many drivers can attest to, changes to your car’s normal operation can be preserved as a minor inconvenience, even though it can actually be early warning signs that a larger problem is on the horizon. If you’re looking to avoid having issues down the road at all, it’s best to have your car or truck’s transmission checked at regular intervals.
While you should be having routine maintenance performed at a minimum of every 10,000 miles, it’s important to have your automatic car’s transmission serviced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, while some vehicles may even require it every 30,000. When you’re up to date on your routine maintenance, you’ll reduce your chance of dealing with mechanical and transmission failure in your vehicle. Double-check your vehicle’s owner manual, as it may change depending on your manufacturer.
What Are Some Common Warning Signs of Transmission Problems?
In order to know when you should take your car in for transmission service, the expert technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive Yukon have come up with 5 warning signs to be on the lookout for. As always, if you are experiencing any of these, give our team a call!
1. Delayed Shifting Response
If it ever seems like your car is having trouble shifting when speeding up or slowing down, there’s a transmission problem that will only get worse with time. Most drivers will experience a surge in RPMs when they press down on the gas pedal, but the engine doesn’t exert the correct force. This also may be caused by a problem with the internal transmission components. With a quick inspection by a professional, you’ll have the answers you need.
2. Burnt, Leaking, or Low Fluid
Keeping up with your car’s fluids is key to keeping things running smoothly. Leaking fluid is the most common cause of transmission damage. Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) lubricates the transmission and even acts as a kind of hydraulic fluid. It’s usually bright red in color, so if you find it on your driveway get the leak fixed before more damage is done.
Cars are built to run smoothly. So, when your system begins to emit grinding noises or you experience shaky driving, there may be a problem with your gears. With automatic transmissions, you’ll first feel the car take its time to switch gears. As the problem progresses, the gear movement will become more jarring and shake vigorously. It’s the manual transmissions that most commonly signal a transmission problem with a grinding sound.
4. The Check Engine Light Comes On
No one likes the check engine light, but it is the best and most clear indicator that something is wrong with your car. While the light could virtually mean anything, it’s best to not discount the warning. This little light could help you catch a minor transmission problem before it turns into a major headache. This keeps your repairs and service cost low while ensuring the reliability of your car in the future.
5. Burning Smell
Overheating transmission fluid is one of the many causes of a burning smell coming from your car or truck. The transmission fluid lubricates parts and keeps them cool, so if the fluid starts to break down or gets too hot, your transmission is sure to experience damage. Low fluid levels or using the wrong type for your car will cause it to burn, so it’s imperative to check your fluid levels regularly.
Transmission Service and Repair in Yukon, Ok
The transmission is a major component that can alter the driving dynamics of your vehicle seemingly overnight. When you’re ready to schedule your transmission service, give our team a call – we’ll show you the nice difference in auto repair!
Every vehicle that enters our shop gets offered our complimentary Courtesy Inspection to help take the stress out of regular vehicle maintenance. Regardless of what we find in our inspection, you can rest easy that our team will be able to go over all of your options and potential services, well before anything is completed. You can also rest assured that we will never recommend unnecessary parts or maintenance.
Ready to schedule your local transmission service? Give our team a call at (405) 494-8123 or contact us online to learn more!