Are you having problems with your car’s transmission? Do you think your vehicle’s transmission needs repair? If you do, knowing first the symptoms of a damaged transmission is very important.
Most vehicles are capable of running for 100,000 miles or more providing the engine has been maintained properly and the transmission is in good condition. That means changing the transmission fluid at recommended intervals and regularly replacing filters and gaskets when necessary. It also means checking for leaks and attending to any problems immediately before they cause damage that can be very costly to repair. Besides a complete engine replacement or overhaul, transmission repairs are the most costly fix for a vehicle and when a car gets older a transmission repair may cost almost as much as the value of the vehicle. That is why it is critical to keep the transmission of your vehicle in good shape to ensure that it will run well for many years without major problems.
One of the most common issues with transmissions is low fluid levels cause by leaks. When transmissions are manufactured they are sealed before leaving the factory and if a leak appears it is a clear indication of a problem. The most common causes of transmission fluid leaks include an axle seal leak, fluid seepage, or a breach in the pan gasket.
The fluid in a transmission is typically bright red becoming dark red and even brown with age. As soon as fluid is noticed leaking from the engine it should immediately be checked by a qualified transmission mechanic. Because a transmission needs fluid to lubricate its parts in order to operate efficiently, it quickly self-destructs when the fluid level is too low which is why it is so important to repair a leak as soon as it is noticed.
A middle-of-the-road repair includes the replacement of pressure control or shift solenoids which control the flow of fluid in the transmission operated through voltage supplied by a transmission computer. When trouble is experienced with shifting or over-shifting it is a sign that the solenoids need to be replaced. It is highly recommended to replace all the solenoids at the same time regardless of their condition to keep them at the same mileage and age and it is very labor intensive to gain access to them.
A transmission flush is more a maintenance issue than a repair but is a vital part of maintaining the health of the transmission by replacing old oil with fresh fluid. Typical signs that a flush is needed include gears that slip and problems with shifting gears. For most vehicles, a flush is recommended by some mechanics every 20,000 to 60,000 miles and for older vehicles every 15,000 miles. Having a transmission flush done prior to considering a replacement or rebuild can sometimes fix a transmission problem at a significant cost saving.
To avoid costly repairs check the transmission fluid regularly. It should look clean with a bright red color and a sweetish smell. If the fluid looks dirty or brown and especially if there is a burnt oil smell when the engine is turning, it needs to be checked by a professional transmission mechanic as soon as possible to prevent damage from occurring.
Regularly check the transmission schedule of the vehicle for details on when to change fluids.
Manual transmissions can begin to malfunction due to driving style or user error such as not engaging the clutch properly before shifting or mashing the gears when shifting. If this is a problem it is recommended that the driver takes a refresher course in driving before the transmission packs up completely.
Automatic transmissions are less affected by bad driving styles but whenever possible taxing the transmission should be avoided. The biggest enemy of an automatic transmission is heat. When the vehicle seems to be struggling on a steep incline while in a higher gear, it is smart to downshift manually to prevent overheating and to relieve stress on the transmission. If the transmission is slipping, doesn’t hold a gear, or continually searches for a gear, it needs to be checked immediately.
Contact us at NOLA Automotive Repairs to have your transmission checked, repaired or replaced.
We provide transmission repair services, with experience and expertise that are unmatchable; this makes us one of the most reliable auto repair services in New Orleans. Aside from delivering the best solutions to our customers, we also make sure that they are also educated in order to boost their safety and as well as the safety of others.
Watch out for these car transmission symptoms:
Thank your lucky stars if your transmission only needs minor repairs. Most of the time, when a transmission breaks down and it is taken to us, it needs actual rebuilding or replacement already, which of course can cost you more money. In the event of a repair, you don’t need to shell out a lot of cash and can still guarantee quality transmission service in New Orleans.
The cost of transmission repair or replacement isn’t cheap. That’s why isn’t advisable to have it checked regularly for any issues. Any type of auto repair can cost a lot, especially if the problem becomes apparent. Besides the recommended diagnosis, you should also have your constantly maintained. If you don’t have the time to do this, you can always contact your local mechanic.
We have been serving the New Orleans LA customers for 19 years now, constantly looking for ways to develop and improve our services. Transmission is one of the services that we offer in our shop, but we also extend it to engine repair, brake jobs, auto detailing, and more to ensure that every car out there is in perfect condition.
We understand that a car is an investment that needs to be taken care of, so our goal is to provide solutions that best fit for your vehicle’s problems.
Our New Orleans car repair shop has a team of experts who specialize in transmission repairs. They will get to work right away by first providing you with an accurate diagnostics using our top-of-the-line technology and systems to ensure that the procedure is thorough and accurate. Once we have the results, we will provide you with a detailed report of your options.
Rest assured that our mechanics will be there to answer every question that you may have. You can also contact our staff should you have further inquiries regarding the services. Once you have the detailed report, we will get to work on your vehicle. Trust us that we will get you involved every step of the process because we want to make sure that you understand why your transmission needs repair and how such service can help make your transmission work better.
You can also guarantee that your vehicle will be returned to you at our given time. We don’t miss deadlines because we value your time. And when we have a delay, we’ll let you know ahead of time. We want to save your time as possible so it’s also our job to be efficient in doing our service despite the time constraints.
We are known to be one of the best car service repairs here in the city and have established a long list of old clients who come to us for car maintenance and other repairs. Trust is a priority here in our company and we assure you that we will work hard to gain your trust through our high-quality service.
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Don’t let your transmission get you down! With our care, you will have your vehicle up and running again in no time. Every penny that you spend on our services is worth it. We will protect your investment like it’s ours.