Whether you drive a manual, automatic, or semi-automatic vehicle, the transmission plays a crucial role in the performance and reliability of your vehicle.
As you drive at different speeds, the transmission switches between gears and changes the amount of torque applied to your wheels. Transmission fluid performs a variety of duties, depending on the type of transmission, acting as a cooling agent and protecting the transmission by lubricating the internal gears and preventing corrosion and rust.
A faulty transmission can negatively affect your vehicle’s performance. Symptoms of an issue with your transmission may include grinding gears, difficulty shifting, slipping out of gear, jumping, or hesitating.
In a manual transmission, a dragging clutch, or a clutch failing to disengage from the flywheel, is another sign of transmission issues. When this occurs, the clutch continues to spin with your vehicle’s engine, and a grinding noise will occur.
There are a few things to keep an eye on that can negatively impact the life of your transmission. Excessive loads, heavy towing habits, old and dirty or burnt fluid, and unchanged transmission filters can cause performance issues. Regular transmission maintenance can help prevent transmission problems, but if you experience any of the above warning signs of transmission trouble, please contact one of our service staff to make an appointment.