Your transmission is an essential element of your car, so it’s important to make sure that it’s always working in top condition. If you aren’t sure about the current state of your transmission, let the experts at Ideal Automotive take a closer look and help you get the proper repairs you need.
Troubleshooting Your Transmission
Before you take your vehicle in for transmission repair, there are some things you can do to troubleshoot it. Proper troubleshooting can help you determine if you need to take it into our shop for an inspection or repair. By pinpointing the precise issue, you can also help our mechanics make the right repair recommendations. First, look underneath your car for any leaks. Shift between gears to listen and feel for any issues and to help determine if your gears are slipping. A transmission fluid leak is the most common problem and can typically be fixed by simply adding more fluid.
If your transmission fluid is turning black or has a burnt smell, you may need a total fluid and filter change. Another way to check your transmission is by reading your car’s diagnostic codes. Ideal Automotive can provide you with a scan to see what types of codes appear. These codes will accurately tell you what is wrong with the vehicle, including any transmission-related problems.
Transmission Repair Basics
While the type of transmission repair your car may need can vary, there are some basics things that can be done to get your vehicle running in tip-top shape again. Replenishing low levels of fluid is the most common and troubleshooting the clutch or torque converter are other ways to check for transmission issues. Common wear and tear on the clutch can be a frequent issue with the transmission. Your fluids should be checked every 20,000 miles or so to ensure that everything is still running at the proper level. Avoid grinding the gears and using your clutch at the same time to prevent damage to the transmission system.
With a regular inspection by our professional mechanics, you’ll drive more confidently and have a better understanding of how your transmission should be operating. When in doubt, it’s always best to take your car in for repairs so you can stay safe on the road.
To schedule a transmission inspection or for other vehicle repairs and maintenance, contact the professionals at Ideal Automotive located in Blaine, Minnesota at 763-355-5883 today!