Your vehicle’s transmission is an essential component to its functionality. When something goes wrong with your transmission, your car, truck, SUV, family mini or anything with 4 wheels is not going anywhere. You can’t get anywhere in Calgary without a functioning transmission, your wheels will not even turn in the right direction. Whether it’s an automatic transmission or manual transmission it’s an incredibly complicated piece of machinery and takes a very special skill set to repair.
Repairing or rebuilding transmissions, especially automatics, can be very costly. It’s essential to catch issues early that would cause greater damage down the line, to avoid more difficult and pricey repairs.
Typical issues that are related to transmission failure are:
- Vehicle is no longer easily switching gears
If your vehicle refuses or struggles to change gears, you’re more than likely facing a problem with your transmission system. In the best circumstances, low transmission fluid or the wrong kind of transmission fluid could be to blame in this situation.
- Burning Smell
A burning smell coming from your car is never a good thing and must be addressed right away. This odour is often an indication that your transmission is overheating or the transmission fluid is old and burning.
- Neutral Noises
Weird noises coming from your vehicle when your car is in neutral is a sure sign of transmission trouble. At best, the noises might indicate that your car is ready for new transmission oil, or it could also mean that your vehicle requires a costly part replacement due to mechanical wear.
- Slipping Gears
Not only is it scary if your gears impulsively slip in and out of place while you’re driving, this scenario is also highly dangerous while you’re on the road. If your gears slip, make sure to let your auto repair mechanic take a look right away. How can you tell if this is happening to you? If your engine’s RPM is randomly jumping and revving really high while keeping a consistent speed, that is an indication that you have slipped into a lower gear. If the revving of your engine randomly drops or your vehicle starts to jerk violently it means your gear has slipped to a higher gear and your vehicle has not reached the RPM to properly be in that gear. It can even jump in and out of gears making it feel like your automobile is possessed.
- Dragging Clutch
If you are stepping on the gas, and the engine is revving higher but it’s not moving anywhere or increasing in speed, this could be a sign that you have a dragging clutch. A dragging clutch happens when your car fails to disengage the clutch disk from the flywheel in your vehicle while the clutch pedal is pressed. This can be more difficult to feel at the beginning. Clutch work can be an expensive fix, but the sooner you catch it the better for your wallet.
- Leaking Fluid
Leaking transmission fluid is one of the easiest transmission problems to identify. If you notice a red, sweet-smelling fluid underneath your car in the garage or in a parking lot, ask your mechanic to check the transmission fluid level and find the leak. You don’t want your transmission running dry as that will cause the whole transmission to seize up necessitating a complete transmission replacement or total transmission rebuild.
- Check Engine Light
A lit up check engine light on your dashboard can indicate a variety of car issues – both minor and serious. We tend to ignore the lights that pop up, but don’t make the mistake of ignoring a transmission light. When you bring it to Heritage Autopro, we will take a look to confirm whether the source of the problem is imperative.
- Grinding or Shaking
Again, more commonly occuring in a car with automatic transmission, a grinding noise or shaking during gears shifting is often an indication that your transmission has a problem.
- Humming Sounds
Humming, whining, or clunking noises—none are good sounds to hear in your car. Your vehicle must be looked at right away. Everything is connected and minor issues can be fixed easily, but it won’t take long for a minor issue to become a major failure especially regarding automatic transmissions.
If your car doesn’t move forward or in reverse when you attempt to change gears, especially from park to drive, it’s most likely caused by a problem with your transmission.
When dealing with possible transmission issues, the big takeaway is to not delay having a certified technician take a look at it. This is not a job for the ” do it yourself-ers” and Google can’t diagnose these issues. Most mechanical shops typically don’t rebuild transmissions, especially automatics, which normally means it needs to go to a specialty transmission shop.
But if you are in the Calgary area, you don’t need to go to a transmission specialty shop to have your transmission inspected, replaced or rebuilt. We at Heritage Autopro are proud to have our own in-house specialist that has been working with transmissions – from simple replacements to full rebuilds – of every make and model for over 6 years. That experience combined with our incredible nation-wide 2 year NAPA warranty means that you’re fully covered for this complicated and essential component. Whether you drive a small run about domestic car /mini van like a Pontiac, Ford, GMC, Dodge or Chrysler, German makes such as VW, Audi, BMW or other imports such as JDMs, Toyota, Acura, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Honda and more, we have worked on it all and have the experience to get you back on the road in short order with a warranty second to none in the industry.
Save yourself from huge headaches, possible breakdowns on that next road trip, or major hits to your wallet by ignoring any sign of a transmission issue. Call us today if you suspect any problems with your manual or automatic transmission. We’ll do thorough diagnosis and help you find the root of the problem. Call now to book your appointment: 403-258-3030.
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