Your car provides for you a mode of transportation and as a result, ending up without one of leave you in quite the bind. To ensure it does not do this to you, it is important you care for. Caring for your car however does not mean cleaning and going in to car repair shop every so often. You as the owner are also responsible for understanding the workings of your car to determine problems with your car before they could possibly get worse. Now, your car’s transmission is a very complex part of your car and it controls the power that is applied from the engine to the driveshaft. It can experience more wear and tear than the other part of your car, as a result of the many moving parts it has. If you are a car owner that likes being aware of caring well for their car, here are three common transmission problems to look out for.
- Low/Leaking Fluid
One of the most common transmission problems and therefore one of the most recognizable is a leak. The fluid is the life of transmission and what allows the transmission to run smoothly. It cleans, lubricates, and conditions and without the car could stop working completely. Therefore, it is important to check if it is low to change or to ensure that there is not a leak. This problem should be repaired as soon as possible to avoid any further trouble.
- Grinding and/or Shaking
Your car is meant to run smoothly along the way, devoid of any strange movement or even sounds. If your car happens to shake, jerk, or even have a grinding sound, it may mean that there is a problem with the gears. The transmission conveys these problems by causing the added movement and noise when you shift gears.
- Burning Smell
If you were to detect a burning smell anywhere, it is problem not a good sign. That is even more so when you are dealing with your transmission. One of the causes of the burning smell is overheating transmission fluid. As mentioned in the earlier, the fluid plays an important part in how well the car itself. If the fluid were to break down, the system would heat up and result in corrosive activity. Leaving the transmission in danger of damaging itself because of all the increased friction and buildup of debris. Not resolving this problem soon could leave you with having to pay a lot to replace the whole transmission.
Diagnosing the potential problems your car has may seem possible for the average driver with little to no experience. However, if you use your senses it can help you recognize the things that may be off with how your vehicle is working. Looking to the car and trying to detect problems specifically with the transmission can be easier done by using your sense, look for the burning smell, feel the grinding or shaking of the car, or see the low and possible leaking fluid. Finding these common problems can help you solve them and take care of them quickly.