Troubleshooting Automatic Transmissions

If you are unlucky enough to have to deal with any sort of transmission problem, then you should definitely learn how to attempt to figure out the problem. There may be common symptoms to transmission issues, but each cause may be different than the other. Assuming its one problem when it’s actually another will leave you with wasted time and money. Being able to diagnose the problem will also determine if you could potentially fix this yourself or if you’re in need of a professional. Obvious, being able to do it yourself will save you a ton of money, compared to taking it in to the shop. So, let’s see if we can help you diagnose your car.

So, first thing you should look for under your car is for a sign of leaking. Leaks can happen for a variety of reasons, including cracked pans, gaskets, and loose bolts. You should look for a red, sweet-smelling fluid that feels a bit slippery to the touch. If you feel that, then you’ve got yourself a transmission leak. You should definitely take a look at the pan and fluid line. Check for any punctures in the part and replace them if they are damaged. Look for cracks on your gasket, because gaskets can get those cracks over the time spent driving your car. Tighten the bolts and hope the fluid stops leaking. If it doesn’t, then you’ve got a problem with your torque converter. If that is the issue, then you need to see a professional as soon as possible.

If you think you’re hearing noises in between shifts, like clunking or whining noises, then you should most likely take a look. Those noises can soon become strong rattles that will make you want to avoid driving as much as possible. So, before anything, take a look at your transmission fluid levels. If those are low, then it should be a cheap fix to top it off. Keep that fluid at the right levels, because with low transmission fluid you’ll experience a different set of problems. If the fluid levels don’t fix anything, then you will want to have your torque converter looked at. Again, this should only be done by an experienced professional.

If your car begins to rattle in between shifts like I mentioned before, then you could be experiencing multiple issues with the fluid. First of all includes low fluid levels, so like I said, keep those at an appropriate level. If the fluid seems to be at the right level, but you’re still experiencing issues, you may be using the wrong fluid. Always buy the appropriate type of fluid and get rid of any contaminated fluid with too much build up. If it doesn’t turn out to be your fluid, you should check your broken vacuum line. If it is indeed broken, you will need to replace it as soon as possible. You should always remember to consult your mechanic for his professional opinion. Finding the right mechanic that you can come to for years is something that everyone should do, for those just in case moments.