Most people aren’t too savvy with motor vehicles and when something with the transmission goes wrong, we tend to hand it off to someone who is “licensed” as a mechanic or a close friend who knows cars. I’ve always wanted to know how to spot what is wrong with my vehicle so that I can be in control of what happens to me on the road and how much I may get charged at a mechanic’s shop. These top transmission flush issues can help you in spotting the difference between the “check engine” light and the “oil change” light.
- Grinding and abnormal noises coming from engine
Now, as I’m sure we all do or at least seriously consider when our car first starts making really weird noises, we look for the nearest and most affordable mechanic’s shop. This is a very normal thought and of course we always recommended for serious issues regarding safety and condition of your vehicle, but knowing that the vehicle transmission may be affected by outside pollutants like dirt and grease that can turn into sludge that affects the efficiency to which your transmission works. One tip to ensure your transmission issue is not the transmission fluid itself is to keep the engine running and check the levels of your fluids. If the transmission fluid is a bright color of red, then you are good to go. If the fluid is a brown or even black color that may be a result of the sludge or slime that includes dirt and other pollutants mixing with the transmission fluid. If your level of transmission fluid is in good working order, the engine may need servicing and a transmission flush.
- Issues with slipping gears or shifting gears when driving
Now, the first tip was for when you hear an issue with the transmission, but this tip is more for what you feel when driving your vehicle. Now, it doesn’t matter so much if you have a manual gear shift or automatic vehicle, but what matters is making sure your vehicle transmission fluid is free of debris or gunk so it can move freely within your vehicle’s engine. If your transmission fluid is clogging your engine, it can affect your car’s ability to gear shift smoothly and hinder its effectiveness in the timing when needed, resulting in the compromised safety and potential further engine issues. In addition, a compromised transmission may result in less pressure in the transmission system which could end up sticking the engine, causing further stalling and dirt to filter into it and turn into a constant cycle of issues accumulating over time.
- Delays in movement or increased jerking in vehicle’s performance
These issues happen after the fluidity of the transmission fluid is compromised and the pollutants are blocking the flow of fluid from allowing the engine to work efficiently. The delay in movement within the engine and ultimately the vehicle shows up as stalling or hiccups in the functioning of vehicle engine to the other moving/working parts in the vehicle. The jerking that may happen or the additional jumps or kicks forward that may spontaneously happen when the car is in motion. This is the transmission’s way of “rebooting” the engine into working order.
These are just a few of the things to look out for when dealing with transmission flush issues. Now, if the problem becomes more serious, do not hesitate to get it done by a licensed, highly recommended, and reputable professional mechanic. These will keep your vehicle at optimum working order and maintain it for years to come, which could ultimately keep costs down in the long run.