Automatic transmissions aren’t necessarily delicate flowers, but they do need the right things in place to keep it running like a champ. Although they don’t need to be tended to at every bat of an eye, maintenance of course is a necessary part of owning a car. It’s more like a routine checkup than it is constant babysitting to keep a transmission in good shape, and the most common mistakes that can ruin your transmission often have to do with neglect and a lack of knowledge. This might be surprising to find out, but the biggest factor in determining how long an automatic transmission will last is more dependent on the vehicle owner than it is the car manufacturer.
Possessing knowledge about your transmission and putting it to practice will have the greatest impact on your transmission’s service life, and the difference between the two can be either premature transmission failure or your transmission outlasting the rest of your vehicle. So, let’s get a few things straight right away, here are the 5 most common mistakes that can ruin your transmission. Continue Reading
When problems arise in your automatic transmission, it’s very important that you know the proper steps of transmission troubleshooting. Otherwise, you could be guessing at a problem your transmission might not have, wasting both time and money to get it fixed. Knowing the exact cause of a transmission’s woes means you can get it repaired as quickly as possible and at minimal expense to you, which is ultimately what everyone wants. So of course, there are a few steps to follow when it comes to correct automatic transmission troubleshooting and we will explain the basics here. Continue Reading
If you’ve ever experienced slipping, stalling, hard shifts, or seal leaks with your car’s transmission before, there’s no doubt you’ve already heard of Lucas Transmission Fix. As the name implies, this additive is meant to help fix an ailing transmission that displays any of the above symptoms. Often called a “miracle in a can”, this is actually not always the case. If your transmission has major internal problems already, Lucas can’t magically repair it. This additive works within reason, such as for a transmission that has a clogged valve body or worn seals. But what does it actually do and does it deliver on the intended results? We’ll go over as much as possible today in our Lucas Transmission Fix review.
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No one wants to deal with a defective transmission as it can be both expensive and time consuming to repair. That’s exactly why it’s so important to keep an eye out for any signs of automatic transmission problems before they become unmanageable. It’s always better to fix a problem while it’s small rather than leave it until it becomes big, because major problems only means it’ll cost major money to fix. It’s even better to prevent problems from occurring altogether. So even if you’re not an automotive expert, we’ve put together this list of warning signs that could indicate troubles with your automatic transmission. Continue Reading
While manual transmissions make use of the clutch to change gears, automatic transmissions rely on a complicated hydraulic system for shifting, and the transmission solenoid is especially important for this process. Transmission fluid is directed throughout the valve body by various transmission solenoids–such as the transmission shift solenoid, lockup solenoid, or transmission control solenoid (there’s also a torque converter clutch solenoid)–that either open or close hydraulic valves to regulate fluid flow. Speed sensors around the engine are responsible for activating the solenoids.
As you can guess, the transmission solenoid is a required component of a functioning transmission, and any solenoid that starts malfunctioning only spells trouble. So today we’ll explain its function, common problems that can occur, and everything you need to know about replacement here. Continue Reading
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, whatever it takes to get you to remember. Transmission repair might be your worst nightmare but it’s transmission overheating that’s your worst enemy. Most transmission problems start because of excessive overheating, so it’s your job to make sure that doesn’t happen. The reason for most cases of overheating includes low fluid levels, leaks, burnt or ineffective fluid, and problems with the solenoid. Other factors include heavy towing, lots of stop and go traffic, hot climate, and your vehicle’s size. Be sure to keep an eye out for any of these problems, prevent them before they happen and you’ll have a transmission that will last you a long time. Continue Reading
When you start having problems with your car, we know what you’re thinking. How much is this going to cost? What is wrong with this damn car? How long is it going to take to get my car working again? We know taking your car to the repair shop is the last thing you want to do, and you might even consider doing the repairs yourself if you can manage. But when is it a good idea to leave repairs to the shops? Not all problems are easily solvable, and that can put you in a difficult situation. We suggest leaving repairs to the professionals if the problem is complicated, expensive tools are needed, you need your car working as soon as possible, or you risk losing your warranty or it covers the bill. Continue Reading
Automatic transmissions are quite complex compared to their manual counterparts, which is why problems are easier to develop in them. There can be hundreds of individual parts in a transmission, and there are a number of problems that can occur. The most common transmission problems we’ll be addressing include low fluid levels, burnt or ineffective fluid, pesky leaks, annoying transmission slipping, the terrifying check engine light, and issues with shifting gears. These are the kinds of problems you’ll see most often (not to say there aren’t other problems that can occur), and we’ll explain the common symptoms and causes. So without further ado, here is our common transmission problems guide infographic. Continue Reading
The torque converter is the part of your car that handles how much fluid is passed on to the automatic transmission and allows your engine to continue running while at a complete stop. This component is really important, and if it happens to malfunction it could potentially cause erratic behavior such as shuddering and slipping. The difficult thing is though, diagnosing the exact cause of torque converter problems is not easy. There are a ton of potential reasons that could be causing the malfunction, and your torque converter might not be to blame. So today, we will go over common torque converter problems and its causes. Continue Reading
Transmission slipping can be a major issue, especially for automatic cars and less so for manual transmissions. If your car is showing signs of slipping then you need to get it fixed quick. What can start off as a small problem can easily turn into a bigger issue later on that will cost even more money to fix. Slipping does not necessarily mean that your transmission is near failure but it is signalling that maintenance is heavily required. For automatics there can be many different causes while for manuals the problem is often associated with the clutch. Here are the common causes of a slipping transmission and how to fix it yourself. Continue Reading