The transmission is one of the most complex systems on modern vehicles and determines how power is transferred from the engine to the wheels. A modern automatic transmission has over a thousand parts, meaning that constant maintenance to ensure that each part works correctly in the system is essential. Replacing an entire transmission system that has failed is one of the most expensive repair jobs that you’ll ever encounter, so it’s wise to keep up with the maintenance of the system to help prolong the life of the system. Schedule a service at Cavalier Ford Lincoln Greenbrier today!
Signs of a Failing Transmission
Since the transmission is such a complex system, there are plenty of warning signs when things go wrong. Since each symptom can be indicative of a number of different parts failing, it’s a good idea to visit your local dealer and have them perform a systematic check to determine what the problem is. The most common signs of a failing transmission include:
- If you have a manual transmission, rough shifting is a good indicator of a failing transmission. This can include finding that your car refuses to shift gears or that the gear shifts aren’t very smooth. You may even hear a distinct noise when the gear engages and you may notice that the car doesn’t get up to speed as it used to.
- If you have an automatic transmission, the most common indicator of a failing transmission would be slippage, where you’re driving in a certain gear which then slips for no reason. You may feel that the car feels underpowered or that it’s not accelerating like it used to. Again, unusual noises such as whining or random changes in pitch should be a good indicator of trouble.
- Delayed engagement is a symptom where you engage the car from the parking gear into drive and instead of immediately being able to drive you find that even if you rev the car it doesn’t move forward.
- Transmission fluid is usually a shade of red or brown and is easy to distinguish from water and oil. If you find spots of liquid on your driveway or garage, place some cardboard under the car and check the color of the leak. If your transmission fluid is leaking, contact your auto service shop immediately.
Prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to transmissions. There are plenty of things that you can do as an owner to extend the lifespan of your transmission and prevent major problems from arising.
- Check your transmission fluid regularly, especially after you’ve run your car in adverse conditions such as stop and start traffic, towing or hilly terrain, all of which can cause transmission fluid to heat up, which decreases the performance of the fluid.
- Service your vehicle regularly at your local dealer. One of the things that a yearly service addresses is a transmission fluid check and replacement, ensuring that your transmission is working as it should. A service will also check safety features such as brakes, lights and steering and can drastically prolong the engine life of your vehicle.
- Investigate any malfunctions immediately. Many people tend to delay going to the service center even when there is a problem with a car, which makes the issue larger the longer it goes on.
Keeping your transmission in working order is a good way to ensure that your drive in your Ford is pleasant and hassle-free. Identifying any issues early will help you avoid costly replacements and repairs, and regular maintenance at your local Cavalier Ford dealer will prolong the life of your transmission.