Transmissions take a lot of wear and tear over the years. It is inevitable that they will have a problem or two over the years. As transmission repairs can be expensive, it is key to pay attention to the well-being of the vehicle and get issues that do arise checked out in a timely manner.
Typically mechanics recommend that vehicle owners get their transmissions flushed every 30,000 miles or every two years. However, if you have one or more of the following issues, you may need to get your transmission checked out sooner.
Leaking transmission fluid is one of the most obvious indications of a transmission issue. As automatic transmission fluid is critical to the capacity to shift, even a tiny leak can be detrimental. When things are working properly, this fluid is transparent bright red with a hint of a sweet smell. If the fluid is a dark color and/or has a burnt smell, you should take the vehicle to a mechanic. It is important to remember that the transmission does not burn up or use up fluid during use. If the fluid level is low, there is sure to be a leak.
Transmission Grinding or Odd Noises
If you notice that the transmission is grinding or making strange sounds while you are driving, you should stop the vehicle, leave the engine running, and inspect the transmission fluid level. Check the color of the fluid. If it is brown or black as opposed to the normal bright red, it is full of sludge or grime. If the color is the only apparent issue with the transmission, the vehicle most likely just needs a transmission flush.
Issues Shifting Gears
Whether a car has an automatic or manual transmission, it requires clean, clear transmission fluid that has no problem flowing throughout the system. When the fluid is full of sludge or dirt, the transmission response will be sluggish. This issue results in the vehicle changing gears too quickly or too slowly while driving. For manual transmission vehicles, a driver may struggle to change the gear at all such as getting into first gear from a stop or shifting from one gear to another (i.e. second gear to third gear).
When a transmission is excessively dirty, the contaminants may compromise the transmission fluid flow, resulting in a lack of hydraulic power. In order to keep a vehicle in the right gear, the transmission must develop adequate pressure. If the transmission has no other apparent issues and the fluid level is normal, the transmission simply needs a flush.
A vehicle may surge for unexplained reasons when the transmission is full of dirt and cannot operate its gears and other moving parts smoothly. If the transmission does not have proper fluid flow, the vehicle can surge or jump forward or fall backward without explanation. A transmission flush will correct this issue.
The next time you’re worried about your car’s transmission, take it to Burlington Kia in Burlington, New Jersey. We have a comprehensive service department with experienced, reliable staff. With extended hours, you never have trouble finding a time to stop in before or after work or on the weekend. To set up your next service appointment, give us a call at 866-889-5504.