To put it bluntly, your transmission is extremely important. It is what makes your car move. It is also a very complex system with a lot of intricate components working in harmony. That means it's easy for minor transmission issues to occur.
The important thing to remember is that you'll want to take care of any minor transmission issues before they develop into major problems. Major transmission repairs are expensive, and in many cases the transmission will have to be completely replaced or rebuilt. By having regular transmission inspections, standard transmission maintenance and minor repairs performed on your vehicle, you can prevent major damage and help avoid major repair costs.
Here are 7 of the most common "minor" issues that could be affecting your transmission:
1. Transmission Fluid Leaks or Low Fluid
Whether there is an actual leak that needs to be fixed or the transmission fluid level is just low from usage, you always want to make sure your transmission has the proper amount of fluid. You can check using the dipstick. If there is a leak, it is often a simple fix such as a replacement seal or gasket. In some cases, a leak could be a sign of a bigger problem that is worth getting checked out.
2. Bad Transmission Fluid
If your transmission fluid is dark or thick, it needs to be replaced and, again, it could be the sign of a more significant transmission issue. Or, you may just need standard transmission service with a fluid and filter change. It should be bright red and translucent in color.
3. Loose Vacuum Lines
Sometimes the vacuum lines will come lose or will fully detach. If so, your transmission will not shift at all. The good news is that it is an easy fix to reattach the vacuum lines.
4. Loose Cables/Linkages
The linkage cables running from the transmission to the throttle body can sometimes come loose or get readjusted, which will affect the car's ability to shift. Again, they are relatively simple to reattach or readjust back to proper settings.
5. Bad Solenoid
Solenoids will aid in shifting between gears. They can go bad, so you will want to get a damaged solenoid replaced as soon as possible before it leads to more complex repairs.
6. Computer Problems
Modern cars have very sophisticated computer systems. However, like any computer, they can occasionally have glitches. These glitches could impact transmission performance, so the computer can be reset or the software can be updated to resolve the problem.
7. Sensor Defects
Sensors send data to the car's computer, but the sensors themselves could be defective. Fortunately, it's much less expensive to replace a faulty sensor than it is to replace the entire transmission!
When your vehicle feels sluggish or isn't shifting into gear properly, it is likely a sign of a transmission problem. The best case scenario is that it is a result of one of the minor issues listed above. No matter what, you will want your transmission inspected by a professional. At the first sign of any transmission problem, bring your vehicle into Bill's Quality Auto Care in Simi Valley. We'll get to the root of the problem and fix what needs to be fixed. If it's a minor repair, we'll take care of it. If major repairs are needed, we will walk you through everything you need to know so you can make informed transmission repair decisions.
Call Bill's Quality Auto Care today at (805) 387-9418 or schedule your service appointment online.