Most Common Transmission Problems

The transmission in your vehicle is a complex mechanical system that directs the power from your engine to your vehicle’s driveshaft. When the transmission is not working properly, your vehicle can be unsafe to drive, and oftentimes even rendered useless. Since the parts in your car’s transmission often suffer through more wear and tear than many other parts on your vehicle, performing proper maintenance and knowing how to recognize an indication of a problem can be extremely important.

Understanding the most common transmission problems, and knowing when to act on them, can save you big bucks at your local service center and a lot of heartache in the long run. If you are in need of immediate assistance with transmission services in San Diego, contact us today.

Common Transmission Problems to Watch for.

-Leaking transmission fluid: Cars don’t use transmission fluid like they do engine oil, so if you check the level of your transmission fluid and it is low, it means there is a leak somewhere. Low transmission fluid can result in improper lubrication,  insufficient cooling of parts and possibly even irreversible damage to the parts of the transmission. Leaks can sometimes be discovered by watching the area where you normally park, as well. Look for a clear red liquid, and report any evidence of leakage to your mechanic right away.

-Grinding or buzzing noises: Torque converters can be the cause of a number of transmission issues. Worn or damaged needle bearings are probably the most common type of problem that is associated with the torque converter, and when trouble arises, you will likely know. A strange grinding or brushing noise that occurs when the vehicle is in gear is a good indication of torque converter trouble that can cause significant damage to a transmission when not taken care of.

-Lack of response: If your vehicle fails to respond when you place it into gear or change gears, there is likely a problem with the transmission. Failure to respond can be caused by something as simple as
low or improper transmission fluid or it can indicate something more serious.
Take your vehicle to a trained service professional as soon as possible to
avoid becoming stranded.

-Solenoid problems: The flow of the transmission fluid is controlled by the solenoid, and when the solenoid has become damaged or is not functioning properly, your vehicle’s transmission will have a tendency to slip. If you notice your vehicle’s transmission is slipping while you are driving, and you have not seen any evidence of fluid leakage, the problem is likely something to do with the solenoid and should be checked out by a mechanic.

-Burnt fluid: There are a number of ways to tell if your transmission fluid is overheating. You will likely notice a strong burning smell coming from under the hood, and when checked, the fluid will appear murky and darker in color than its usual clear bright red. Since transmission fluid helps to lubricate the various parts of the transmission, burnt fluid is a sign of extensive friction occurring between the parts. While this can be a simple issue like a leak, or using the wrong type of fluid, it causes significant damage to your transmission in the long run if not properly repaired.

Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego specializes

In the sales and servicing of a wide variety of new and used vehicles and the team of highly-trained service professionals at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego are prepared to assist your with all of your transmission service needs. Stop by 5910 Mission Gorge Road in beautiful San Diego, California to have your transmission serviced, and while you’re there, be sure to check out the 2015 Toyota Tacoma.