The Basics of Vehicle Repair Troubleshooting: Transmissions

The Basics of Vehicle Repair Troubleshooting: TransmissionsNo driver is happy when they start hearing a suspicious noise or smelling a foul odor coming from their engine. At Bowers Automotive, we’ve found that drivers with knowledge of their vehicles can make a difference in the diagnosis of an issue, ensuring it’s attended to before costs really add up. So, we’ve put together a guide to help you learn the basics of vehicle repair troubleshooting – transmissions.

New Noises

Unfamiliar noises can often indicate a transmission issue. You may hear a constant whining or buzzing sound while your vehicle is in motion. Manual transmissions suffering from problems are known to produce rhythmic ticking noises or clunking when changing gears.

A grinding sensation or shaking of the entire vehicle may accompany these noises. A strange sound that persists is enough of a reason to take your car to Bowers Automotive for a full diagnosis. Our certified mechanics will use diagnostic tools and a process of elimination to pinpoint the issue.

The most common tool used to troubleshoot strange noises is an automotive stethoscope. It is moved over the engine and transmission components to identify the source of the sound.

One frequent cause of strange noises is a loose drive belt. This will be removed first. If the noise persists, the next step is to begin dismantling engine parts in search of a faulty component.

To make this process faster and easier for our mechanics, try to give a thorough description of the problem. Describe when and where the noise started, details of the terrain, recent vehicle usage and whether the noise was intermittent or continuous. These details may seem irrelevant, but to an auto technician at Bowers Automotive, they can provide valuable clues to your vehicle’s problem.

Odors and Smoke

A burning smell is always a sign of a significant problem in your car. If you smell burning or see smoke coming from your engine, the safest thing to do is pull over as soon as possible, turn off your engine and let the car cool down completely before examining under the hood.

One of the most likely reasons for your vehicle to produce a burning smell is due to an issue with your transmission fluid. This fluid acts as a lubricant, keeping the moving parts cool and preventing excess friction. If you are low on transmission fluid, excess heat will be generated within the transmission, as well as corrosion and damage to the components.

To prevent severe and irreparable damage from occurring, you should bring your vehicle to a professional as soon as you can once you smell burning from your transmission.

Other symptoms of transmission problems include slipping gears, a dragging clutch, and the check engine light flashing. In the interest of your vehicle and your safety, don’t ignore these warning signs.

Although all drivers should know the basics of vehicle repair troubleshooting – transmissions, this cannot substitute the attention of a qualified technician. Professionals at Bowers Automotive will be happy to service your vehicle’s transmission and get you back on the road without delay. Call or get in touch with us today to schedule your appointment.

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