Your vehicle has hundreds of components that work together intricately to make the car go. One such component is the transmission. This is the gear that transmits power from the engine to the live axle so the wheels receive power and start turning. You should be familiar with two types of transmissions:
Regardless of the type of transmission in your car, it may develop a problem that causes it to “slip.” This is a common transmission problem, and if ignored, it can cause other problems to your vehicle. That’s why, if you suspect you have a slipping transmission, you should bring your car in to Scott’s Fort Collins Auto & Repair for transmission service as soon as possible.
A transmission slip feels very similar to having a worn out clutch in a manual vehicle. Here are some signs you have transmission trouble:
Many issues can cause a transmission to slip. The first possibility is that the components in your transmission are worn out, causing them to literally slip when attempting to make gear changes. The results may include erratic shifting or an over-revving engine. Transmission components can wear out over time from just driving normally, but driving gently helps these components last longer.
Another cause of a slipping transmission is low fluid pressure, which prevents the transmission from fully engaging. Low pressure may be caused by bad fluid pumps, clogged filters or a low fluid level. Many vehicles allow have a red dipstick found in the engine bay that allow you to check the transmission fluid level.
The key to fixing the problem is to pinpoint the cause. If you find the transmission fluid is low, you can refill it with the manufacturer’s recommended type of fluid. This should fix the problem. However, if the transmission starts slipping again after a few days or weeks, this indicates you have a transmission fluid leak that requires a repair.
If another cause is responsible for the slipping transmission, you may need to replace worn out parts, transmission bands or a defective shift gear to fix the problem.
Once your transmission starts slipping, there’s nothing you can do but have it repaired. While vehicle components wear down on their own over time, you can help the transmission last longer with these tips:
To schedule vehicle maintenance or transmission repair, please contact Scott’s Fort Collins Auto & Repair online or call us at (970) 682-4202.