Here at Transmission Repair Guy, we know you probably love your car a lot and we understand completely. We don’t want to get in the way of that. But, we’d like to give you some advice on how to improve your relationship. You probably already know, a car’s transmission plays a major role in the workings of a vehicle, and without it your car would not be able to budge an inch. In fact, if your car could run without a transmission (which it couldn’t), it’d be like driving a sputtering rocket, because your car’s engine is horribly inefficient at creating the torque needed to get the wheels rolling. So yes, your transmission deserves a lot of thanks, but with great power comes great responsibility, which is why it needs periodic tuning and good loving in order to run smoothly.
Not a lot of people take the time to read their car’s manual, but to put it as simply as possible, your car needs attention, especially your transmission. If you choose to ignore your car’s demands, sooner or later it will walk out of your life for good, and it won’t think twice! (Metaphorically speaking.) Don’t be that person that neglects their vehicle!
Lucky for you, we’re here to help mend your detached marriage. That’s why we created Transmission Repair Guy, our convenient guide to help solve your transmission problems. We know your transmission is not the most exciting thing in the world so we’ve put it upon ourselves to create an easy-to-follow yet detailed handbook, so you can effortlessly find what you need to know and get out and enjoy your life already! With this handy resource, you can find the answers to all your questions and needs. Not only do we help to solve transmission problems, we also work to repair the broken bonds between man and machine.
If you are at the point where transmission repair is your only choice, it is truly a dark, dark time. You have two options for your current one here: either bring it into a shop for repair or do it yourself if the problem isn’t too complicated. Both have its pros and cons. The repair cost can be considerably expensive for serious problems while doing it yourself can cause lots of frustration and take lots of time if you don’t know what you’re doing. It really depends on how severe the transmission problems are.
Remember that this piece of machinery is an embedded part of your vehicle, and problems that require removal (with a transmission jack) can be tricky for someone that doesn’t have a lot of knowledge or experience with cars. That’s why we recommend only doing repairs yourself if it’s a job you can handle, while leaving the more difficult jobs for the professionals. Transmission repair costs can run high and sometimes the cost of repair can be even more expensive than replacement. In cases like these, replacement or a rebuild should be considered.
Having transmission problems right now that are causing you stress? Let’s get rid of them for peace of mind! Sometimes, complications occur even if you have taken all the recommended steps to prevent it, but your best bet is to fix it right away. If you are having any issues with your car, you should take a look at it as soon as possible because it could be serious. Even if it’s a small issue, you don’t want it to develop into something huge later on that could potentially cause the transmission to fail. As we always say, it’s better to be safe than sorry, which is why waiting is the absolute worse thing you can do in this situation.
The first thing you want to do is pop the hood when you have the time and check the fluid. Low levels, leaks, and burnt fluid are usually the most common reasons for automatic transmission problems. If you still experience trouble after checking or changing the fluid, the issue could be something else. Here, we will try to diagnose possible transmission problems and their symptoms, and go over how you can fix it fast before it causes any more damage. The last thing you want is to have to bring it in for transmission repair, which can take a lot of time and will not be cheap. Common transmission problems include:
Every now and then you are going to need to bring your vehicle in to be serviced. A transmission relies heavily on fluid to keep it cool which is why getting it serviced can go a long way in terms of life. The longer you drive your car, the more dirt and contaminants accumulate in the fluid which can lead to heating problems. It is estimated that over 90% of all automatic transmission failures are due to overheating caused by insufficient cooling.
Car manufacturers often call for a transmission service every 100,000 miles but most experts think that is far too long. If you want your car to last, we suggest getting it serviced every 30,000-45,000 miles, which is around every 2-3 years.* As you can see with this chart, a transmission that is routinely serviced has less chance of developing transmission problems. Services we talk about here include complete fluid changes and flushes.
*You should service your transmission more frequently in special circumstances (e.g. towing heavy loads, living in a hot climate, transmission overheats easily, or lots of stop and go driving). You should also consider installing an external transmission cooler to prevent overheating.*
Transmission maintenance is your best bet at preventing tragedies from ever happening. Think of it as a bonding experience; the more attention you pay towards your car, the better it will treat you. Although most see it as similar to a transmission service, we here at Transmission Repair Guy like to look at transmission maintenance as separate from a service altogether. Services should be done every 30,000-45,000 miles or every 2-3 years, and should be for more difficult tasks that you can’t do by yourself, such as complete fluid changes with inspection or a transmission flush.
Transmission maintenance, on the other hand, should be done on a routine basis to make sure that no transmission problems are occurring, such as leaks or low fluid levels. We see maintenance as the small checkups you do in order to make sure everything is working up to code. Transmission maintenance includes checking the fluid, simple fluid changes, and performing tests for functionality.