As with every other part of your car, your transmission needs regular maintenance and repairs. Routine auto service is recommended but cannot eliminate those occasional problems that life throws your way. It is vital that you know the typical signs of transmission problems and what to do when they occur.
There is a multitude of problems that can go wrong with your car and its transmission; this is true with both manual and automatic transmissions. These can range in magnitude from simple repairs to complete overhauls of your transmission. Best case you need transmission fluid or a simple fluid flush. You may never know though if you don’t know the signs to look for that signal a problem. Many of the most common transmission problems that can indicate it is time for a repair are as follows:
Jumping or jerking when your car is shifting gears, noises that are out of the ordinary (banging or clunking, whirring), check engine light, hesitation after changing gears, and leaking fluids.
Grinding and shaking when shifting gears, leaking fluids, gear slippage (will not stay in gear or skips gears), jerking sensation when taking off.
If you have noticed any of these transmission problems, it is time to schedule a repair. With transmission issues, you want to have them check as soon as possible. The longer you wait for service, the more damage it could cause. More damage also means more money. For this reason, it is better safe than sorry when dealing with transmission problems.
Just because you find yourself in need of transmission repairs does not mean you will have to buy a new one. Your transmission professionals can do many of these repairs, and they can have you back on the road in no time. For those occasions where a new transmission is required, you may still have options. Depending on the age of your car and your circumstances you may be able to have your transmission rebuilt and be good to go. Of course, this will depend on the age of your car and how long you intend to keep it. If you plan to buy a new car or trade your car shortly, you would be better off with a rebuild as opposed to a brand-new transmission. However, if you intend to keep your vehicle for years to come a new transmission might be worth the price. So, you will need to take the time to consider all of your options; this might be a good time to contact your transmission repair provider and discuss which choice is best for you and your car.
When you think of having your transmission replaced the first question is how much does it cost. This price will vary from car to car and automatic transmission repairs to manual repairs. The best way to find out exactly what you will need to do is to contact your transmission repair shop and ask what options you have and let them tell you the best choice for your particular transmission problems. You may have a simple fluid fix or minor repairs that are done within hours or a complete rebuild that might take several days. With the multitude of issues that could arise, from the very simple to the extremely complex, it is hard to know what price range you will be facing. Either way, it is best to talk to a professional to find out what they recommend and take it from there.
Whatever issue you may find or experience with your vehicle’s transmission, it is best to have it checked out promptly. It is better to make the repairs before they reach the point of replacement. With a simple call to your transmission repair shop, you can get an appointment and have all of your issues fixed. When you are unsure if it is a problem, your service shop will be able to advise you and get you back to living life in the fast lane.