Your transmission is pretty important.
What is a transmission?
A transmission takes power from a car's engine, transmits it to the axle, and causes the wheels to move.
It is one of the most complicated systems in a vehicle. This engineering wonder combines hydraulics and computer-controlled electronics. And a whole bunch of parts.
You probably know that a vehicle either has an automatic transmission or a manual transmission.
With an automatic transmission, the driver only operates a gas pedal and a brake pedal. This is because the transmission changes gears on its own. A manual has both these pedals plus a clutch. With a manual transmission, the driver gets to change the gears. Or "has to" depending on whether or not you like to do it.
What makes up a transmission? It is a long list:
- Gear shifter
- Shift Rod
- Shift fork
- Planetary gears
- Torque converter
- Oil pump
- Hydraulic system
- Valve body
- Computer controls
- Throttle cable
- Vacuum modulator
- Seals and gaskets
Transmission repairs can run anywhere from $100 to upwards of $3,000. Therefore, it is vital to know the top five warning signs of a failing transmission:
1. Transmission slipping: if it feels like your vehicle can't change gears (automatic).
2. Rough shifts: if it is more difficult to change gears (manual) or you hear clunking sounds.
3. Delayed engagement: if your auto hesitates before going into drive.
4. Fluid leak: watch for any leaks or spots of fluid under your automobile. If you want to pinpoint where the fluid is coming from, put some cardboard under it. Let your I-86 Truck & Auto Repair know where it's leaking when you bring it in for transmission service.
5. Warning light: if your check engine light comes on, it could be alerting you to a transmission issue. (They aren't called "warning" lights for nothing!)
Bring your car into I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for transmission service. You don't want to wait until you have to replace the whole transmission.