When dealing with an automotive vehicle, you always want to ensure that every part is in proper working order and flows cohesively with the other moving parts. IT is just as important to be aware of wear and tear signs in your engine, particularly the transmission system. Now, below are just a few things to look out for when dealing with transmission issues or potential imperfections within the operating system.
- Fluid levels-
You always want to make sure you are keeping up maintenance on the fluid levels as they are like the blood levels within the car. Without the flow of fluid for each component, the car begins to stall and ultimately quits, usually at the most inopportune moment. Keeping the fluid at optimum levels and as clean as possible or recommended allows you to cross off that being a potential issue with your vehicle. One of the main signs to know if you do not have adequate levels within your transmission is a lack of pressure to shift gears efficiently or overheating. Be careful to check for leaks or potential for such each time you refill your fluids.
- Weak or torn transmission bands-
Transmission bands are those circular bands that go around the transmission system and connect the gears in the system together, so they can be broken or weaken over time. Now, replacing that band may fix the solution, but it is always best to know the root cause of the band becoming work or breaking to ensure it doesn’t happen too soon with the new transmission band as well.
- Issues or stalling with clutch-
Contrary to popular belief, there is a clutch in both manual and automatic transmissions. Where it is located within the engine is where these two different kinds of cars engines differ. Automatic transmissions have the clutch located within the transmission system and must use a torque converter (basically what converts the engine’s power into energy to move the car forward faster) to work smoothly. As stated before, the right amount of fluid levels will be able to help it along, but checking for broken or weakening transmission bands or even converters will help keep your vehicle running right.
These signs of wear and tear in your engine’s transmission can help save you time and money by catching the issue early on and dealing with it as soon as possible to prevent further destruction to your vehicle and to guard your safety on the road.