Your car’s transmission is one of its most vital components. It’s responsible for helping the power from your engine reach the wheels, so without it, your vehicle isn’t going to run. Problems with the transmission in your vehicle can mean all sorts of trouble and it’s time for a transmission service. Whether you have a manual or automatic transmission, if there is any damage to it, it could mean your vehicle will soon roll to a stop. If you are able to keep driving it, you might find that you experience gear slippage or problems with your clutch, making your vehicle difficult and unsafe to drive. HB Auto & AC provides transmission servicing to check on the condition of your transmission, as well as repairs and replacements.
Regular servicing for your transmission keeps it healthy and functioning so your vehicle is smooth and safe to drive. Your transmission fluid needs a transmission flush occasionally, although the exact timing depends on your car, how you use it, and how often you use it. The transmission fluid might need to be changed as often as every 15,000 miles, or it might never need to be changed. However, if you change it more often than is strictly necessary, it’s not going to do your vehicle any harm. A manual transmission might need more frequent fluid changes than an automatic one.
We also check and change the transmission filter when servicing your car. The transmission filter collects anything that shouldn’t be in the transmission fluid, such as dirt and debris. Like the fluid, the filter also needs to be sometimes changed, and the frequency can vary slightly. The recommendation is usually to change the transmission filter roughly every two years, or every 30,000 miles. However, there could be some indications it needs to be changed more regularly, so it’s important to look out for any problems.
Diagnosing Transmission Problems
Being aware of any indications of problems with your vehicle’s transmission will help you to spot any issues sooner. Even if it turns out not to be the transmission, anything unusual could indicate a problem elsewhere. There are a few things you can listen and look for that could be warning signs of something being wrong with your vehicle’s transmission. For example, if your vehicle’s gears are slipping or are slow to shift, it could be a sign that the transmission fluid is low or that there is a leak somewhere. Grinding sounds while in driving gear but no sound in neutral might indicate that the torque converter is worn, or needle bearings are damaged. Violent shaking under your vehicle is often caused by the clutch if it becomes jammed.
Other common symptoms of a transmission problem include:
- No or slow response when changing gears
- Humming, clunking and whining sounds
- A burning smell
- Check engine light is on
- Bumping noise from the transmission in neutral
Transmission Rebuild and Replacement
If we find any damage to your vehicle’s transmission, it might need to be repaired, rebuilt or replaced. When we examine the transmission we can decide which option is best, depending on the level of damage or wear and tear it has sustained. There are a few ways your vehicle’s transmission might need to be repaired. Sometimes transmission problems are caused by computerized issues that need to be adjusted. There could also be problems with the throttle cable, clutch linkage, and other components. When a transmission is leaking fluid, resealing it will fix the leak.
Transmissions often need to go through a rebuild if there are several parts that are not working properly. We will source the best parts to rebuild your vehicle’s transmission if they need to be replaced, or adjust parts so that they meet factory specifications. This is a way of making the transmission like new without having the replace the entire thing. Overhauling a transmission instead of replacing it might be the most sensible option in terms of time and money. A rebuilt transmission is tested to ensure it’s in great condition and is up to standards.
Sometimes, it is necessary to replace the whole transmission. Usually, this is the best choice if it would cost more to rebuild the transmission than it would to repair or replace it. A new transmission could make a huge difference to how your car runs, making it feel like new again.
Book your transmission service and repair to keep it in top shape. HB Auto & AC can perform regular maintenance such as fluid and filter replacement, as well as repairs, rebuilds, and full replacements.