The transmission is important for your vehicle because it is what generates power to the tires. Also, it controls how much of that power is available for your vehicle at anytime. The transmission is also responsible for adapting how much power is sent to the drive wheels. This is critical for starting, stopping, and traveling for your vehicle.
A transmission keeps the engine’s output matched to the speed and load conditions of your vehicle when you travel. The transmission is connected to the torque converter that assists in the flow of the engine’s torque into the transmission. The transmission fluid cleans, cools, lubricates, transmits force and pressure, and protects the transmission from build up of corrosion and debris. It is always good to check the transmission fluid regularly to make sure it is not leaking.
There can be a few warning signs to look for if the transmission is performing poorly. The obvious sign there might be an issue is if they check engine light comes on and stays on. While sometimes it may not be the transmission, it always recommended you bring your vehicle in to have it inspected to find the underlying issue. If you notice the transmission slipping between gears when you drive, this can be a sign the transmission is starting to fail. Also, you may notice it popping back into neutral. Other noises you may hear are grinding, clunking, humming, or a thumping noise when the transmission shifts. A higher than normal RPM for any speed may also indicate that your transmission is experiencing issues. If these problems are caught early on, many times only minor repair will be needed.
The best way to ensure your transmission is in the best condition possible is to bring your vehicle in for scheduled maintenances. It is also important to check the fluids of your vehicle regularly, as it is quick and easy to do. While checking the fluids, make sure to notice how much is in the reservoirs. If you notice you have to keep adding transmission fluid, it is most likely there is a leak somewhere. Another thing is to make note of how the fluid looks and smells. If there is an issue with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.