Troubleshooting: Transmissions 101
Do you need information on troubleshooting, creative and innovative applications and obstacles, challenges, transmission problems and repair advice, including installation implications and/or problems? Then look no further, as we provide some introductory insights and shed some light and scrutiny on it.
Potential Transmission Problems
Potential problems can have a variety of sources and causes – their result being the incapacitation of your vehicle, rendering it useless and notably it will grind to a halt and damage is imminent and unavoidable, if you do not act with immediacy.
Fluids, leaks, mechanical failure, sensors and/or controls could all be part of your transmission troubleshooting. Here are a couple possible suggested solutions. Basic Automatic transmission problems that have been identified as commonplace are:
- Fluid leakage, caused by possibly a defective pan gasket, loose filler tube or extension housing to transmission case, or a converter housing area leakage.
- Fluid flowing out of the oil filler tube might be due to a high fluid level, the breather vent, oil filter or screen may be clogged, or internal fluid leakage.
- A transmission unit that overheats and a has strong burned odor to the fluid may be caused by a low fluid level, fluid cooler lines that are clogged, or heavy pulling with insufficient cooling, even a faulty oil pump or internal slippage.
- Buzzing or whirring noises, can also be attributed to low fluid levels in some cases or even a defective torque converter or scored gears.
- No forward or reverse gears or slippage in one or more of the gears and even delayed or erratic shifts. Any of these problems may be due to low fluid levels, defective vacuum linkage controls, internal clutch or band failure, broken vacuum lines or an internal malfunction.
Repair advice for Transmissions and abovementioned troubleshooting coping strategies/interventions
For most of the abovementioned problems, there are suggested methods of dealing with them effectively.
For fluid leakages, we suggest replacing the gasket, tightening pan bolts, tube nuts, all bolts and perhaps even having the transmission checked and/or tested professionally. Also check fluid levels, open the breather vent, replace filter, clean the screen and change fluids if deemed necessary.
For more serious transmission problems like overheating and burning smells, consider checking and correcting fluid levels, draining and refilling the transmission fluids. If the problem persists however, cooler lines may have to be cleared or even replaced. Installation of transmission oil cooler is another viable option. Professional care and repair may also be required at this point, by a professional transmissions specialist.
Regular care and transmission maintenance is critical to the optimal performance of your transmission and vehicle overall. Checking and correcting the fluid levels, is always a good first line of defense and in all serious transmission related problems, it is considered prudent to having the transmission dealt with by a professional. Automatic transmission replacement might even be recommended or required.
Given the proper attention the automatic transmission will provide guaranteed miles of hassle-free driving, minor problems can almost always be attributed to low fluid levels. Driver awareness to changes in the operation of the transmission, or early prevention so to speak, can avoid problems down the line. Let our expertise and personal attention serve your transmission repair and or transmission replacement needs today.
Aside from changing the fluids and filters, tightening nuts and bolts, repair or overhaul of the automatic transmission is best left up to a trained and skilled professional with the expertise to install, inspect, test and run, declare safe and ready for use! Specialist tools and equipment are required to do this properly (hydraulic pressure testers, electronic scanning tools for retrieval of failure codes, numerous testing equipment, special jacks and even hydraulic tables are required for transmissions repair – some of which are extremely heavy).
Transmission fluids should be checked every 6000 miles or so (roughly every six months.
Installation and/or repair throes and woes – in the thick of it
If you do so choose to go it alone, our ready-to-use and install, turnkey transmission kits and applications, are there to answer your call to action! No matter the scope of work or who is doing it, safety is also important. Some general tips would include:
Ensuring that the vehicle is on a level surface, transmission in park and the engine running for checking fluid levels, waiting for it to cool down somewhat if it has just done a major run/haul is advisable.
Move the transmission through the gears and then back to park. Dipstick readings should be done accurately and repeat measurements prudent to eliminate error. Guard against overfilling as this may cause you great heartache like slippage, seal damage and overheating. Do not learn the hard way!
In addition, if there is discoloration or any odor to the transmission fluid, BEWARE, it is trying to tell you something. You are best served to have a technician or transmissions specialist trace, locate, verify and rectify the cause of the burnt fluid – the root of the problem. Cause and effect analysis and testing is a great way to ensure the optimal functioning of your transmission.
Other tips would include:
- checking for leaks, changing the fluid and filters regularly and
- taking care not to damage the transmission case or oil pan sealing surfaces,
- being careful when cleaning the transmissions case, as they are usually made of aluminum and are easily scored, which again may lead to leaks and spell more trouble down the road!
- Clearances, exact fit, matching and OEM standards are key for ensuring optimal performance and power delivery
- Having transmission work/installations tested and inspected by qualified professionals is a necessity and will guarantee the safe operation of your vehicle, as well as the longevity of your transmission – taking good care of your investment, is also a priority for us.