Fixing Your Car's Transmission

So many things can go wrong with a vehicle, from a simple flat tire to a dead battery, but nothing causes more fear and stress than a problem with your car’s transmission. A transmission is the device inside a car that assists in the shifting of gears as you drive; in essence, it’s responsible for the movement of your vehicle, and when it goes, your wallet will be hit the hardest.


A number of symptoms can indicate a problem with your transmission. These can include: the inability to switch gears; a burning smell, often due to low transmission fluid; bizarre noises, especially while in neutral; the car slipping out of gear; a dragging clutch; grinding or shaking as you drive; and a transmission that won’t respond when you change gears. Other causes that don’t necessarily affect driving (at least until the problem gets worse) include a leaky transmission and the dreaded Check Engine light. Many of these problems can appear out of nowhere, though many can also appear slowly, getting worse as they’re ignored

If you notice any of these problems, the first thing you should do is get your car checked by a qualified professional. Even if your car is running smoothly, the chance of something happening to your transmission is still high, especially if you drive a manual or if it’s been awhile since you have taken your car in to be serviced. It is recommended that you get your transmission checked at least once a year. While this might involve a simple once over to make sure everything is running smoothly, regularly changing the transmission fluid and checking for leaks are just two of the many inspections that should be done each and every time you take your car in.

For most transmission problems, the scope and severity of the problem is typically too complicated or involved to be fixed by someone with very limited knowledge of vehicle repair. The transmission is one of the most important parts of a car, and while it’s often incredibly expensive to fix, putting its repair or replacement in the right hands can prevent more expensive issues from popping up down the line. When considering auto transmission repair, you should always seek a qualified and professionally certified mechanic.

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Posted on June 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM