What are signs I need Transmission maintenance?
If you’ve noticed hesitation during acceleration or possibly a sudden jump with your vehicle, chances are, you need to have your Transmission fluid flushed. To ensure a healthy transmission, our DFW ASE Certified Technicians recommend getting your transmission fluid flushed every 50,000 miles.
How do I check my transmission fluid?
Always check the fluid level with the engine running (except Honda), the transmission in park (except Chrysler products and some Mitsubishi transaxles which should be in "neutral" with the emergency brake applied), and with the engine at operating temperature. Remove the dipstick and wipe with a rag. Insert the stick fully and remove. Look at both sides of the stick to verify the same indication. Repeat the process.
What are the symptoms of dirty transmission fluid?
The symptoms of Dirty transmission Fluid could range from the gears slipping to making painful grinding noises. Your transmission is the component that puts your car in motion. Without it your car would literally be at a constant standstill. Taking care of your transmission will help you save money and provide a safer driving experience.
Can I still drive with a transmission fluid leak?
It depends on the rate of fluid loss. A minor or slow leak will allow you to drive as long as you maintain the level in the normal range. You will have to establish the rate of loss and replenish as necessary. It should be obvious that if fluid is running out as a stream, you won't get very far! A transmission will operate normally until the fluid loss is a quart or more. Then the unit will exhibit abnormal operating systems and internal damage is occurring. What started as only a leak can result in a major repair bill if ignored!
Also watch out for fluid leaking on hot exhaust or the catalytic converter. That situation can easily result in a fire and a total loss of your vehicle. Worse yet, someone could get hurt or killed in this situation. So, for safety’s sake don’t start or drive your vehicle if it has a fluid leak that may start a fire. Get it towed in for repairs, call A-1 Quality Transmission & Auto Repair now. A tow bill is cheap compared to your life or your health.
I have a computer controlled transmission & it's acting up, Do I need a new transmission or a new computer?
If you notice problems with your transmission, don't automatically assume that the problem is actually in the transmission. Computers recieve information from numerous sensors, process the information and then signal/operate the transmission. Often, the problem is in one of the sensors, an electrical connection or system ground. In such a case, any work on the transmission will not resolve the problem. Equipment called scanners can read the codes stored in the computer and help pinpoint the source of most problems.
Therefore, it is imperative that the entire control system be diagnosed before the transmission is attacked. As the commercial says, "It's not your father's Oldsmobile."
The best I can do is give you information that might help you understand the problem, or symptom, and provide some insight into some of the possible solutions.
How long does a transmission normally last?
There is no accurate answer to that question. The mileage or time of use before major problems occur will vary greatly, and therefore, I don't see a direct correlation between mileage and expected transmission failure. It is not unusual that the first few years after a newly designed transmission hits the road, that early failures occur. But, in later years with updates to the original design, the units become more reliable. The four major factors in the life expectancy are original design, periodic maintenance, maintaining proper fluid level and driving habits.
Can I hurt my transmission by over filling?
No although, it is possible that gross overfilling can cause the fluid to be subjected to moving parts and become aerated which could cause abnormal operation. You may also notice leaks that ordinarily would not occur.