How to Recognize If Your Transmission is Going Bad
When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, everyone knows that working on the drivetrain, especially the transmission can be costly. When something starts to feel off whether it is sudden lurches or hard slips under acceleration, it can be tough to diagnose the issue. Finding a reputable company to fix the issue is also very important! Having an honest company that will accurately diagnose and fix the existing issue is vital. All Trans Inc. can help you make the best decision.
All trans inc can take care of your transmission
There are certain things a driver can do to maintain a transmission and make it last as long as possible. Changing out automatic transmission fluid per your owner’s manual is often overlooked. This service is best left to a mechanic equipped with a transmission flusher. This system will help replace the fluid more thoroughly than relying on just gravity. Transmission fluid is a slippery liquid that lubricates the moving parts internally. For manual transmissions, fluid should be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Under heavy-duty use some manufacturers suggest a change every 15,000 miles. Automatic transmission service intervals vary from every 30,000 miles to never! Typical service is 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Changing it more frequently will not harm the transmission. For manual transmissions, owners should be concerned with fluid contamination opposed to fluid degradation with time. The fluid becomes contaminated when the synchronizers, bearings, and gears in the transmission start to wear. Metal shavings will float within the lubricant making it less than ideal for operation. Running a vehicle with contaminated oil will shorten the lifespan of the transmission. More heat is generated in an automatic transmission causing the fluid to degrade and break down with use. Worn metal shavings from the transmission can also contaminate the oil in an automatic transmission. Once again, not changing contaminated oil will shorten the lifespan of automatic transmissions as well. When the transmission oil is not changed on time, the metal shavings and other contaminants will shorten the lifespan of internal parts. Replacing your transmission can be costly due to neglecting maintenance, so be sure to change it per your owners manual! Manufacturers over the years have made it easier for owners to check their transmission oil. Look for the dip stick with a red ring, this indicates transmission fluid while the yellow ring is marked engine oil. Check this on a regular basis and make sure it is within spec on the dipstick markings. Low transmission fluid can cause improper shifting, or no shifting at all. Be sure not to confuse your
Don’t wait to fix your transmission!
Once you discover the issue is transmission related, we can start to narrow things down. There are many transmission shops ready to take your hard earned money and quickly diagnose and fix the issue to turn a profit. Working on a transmission is not a simple and quick fix. If done improperly, there could be other failure points in the transmission. It is important to pick a reputable mechanic that is licensed and insured so you know the job will get done right the first time!
There are three different common options to replace or repair your transmission.
First option is to have it repaired. A repair cannot be done if there has been excess damage already caused by the parts that have gone bad. When you first start to notice issues it is best to have it checked out before more damage happens. When fixing a transmission, repairing the least amount of parts is ideal to keep it in good working order. This generally will cost the customer less money, as long as the right diagnosis is made on your transmission.
Next option is to have the entire transmission replaced. This is the most expensive option. Depending on how old your vehicle is it may not make sense to put in a new transmission. For example, an older half ton truck may need a new transmission but only books for $5000. New transmission can cost as much as $1500-$2000 not including labor! The truck would nearly be totaled due to mechanical failures in the transmission. Depending on the diagnosis a rebuild can be a much better option to stretch the life of the vehicle. Sometimes this is necessary if the existing transmission is compromised to the point of no repair. In a lot of cases this is referred to as a remanufactured transmission. When this option is chosen, the manufacturer will replace parts that are bad with modified parts. This is your best option if the transmission is too damaged to rebuild. When you choose to replace the transmission, it will be redone in a factory setting. The upside to going this route is that the mechanics working on it can have lots of experience with that particular transmission. The transmission that you are replacing it with is going to be updated to the prebuilt factory settings and specifications. Depending on how bad your transmission has failed, this route can have positive implications.
why tranmsision rebuild can be a great option
So why would you choose to rebuild a transmission opposed to replacing it? A rebuild is and can be a great option for many in most cases. You are only replacing parts that have failed within. Just like replacing, you are repairing specific parts, but not doing it in a factory setting. Choosing a shop that is trusted and has a reputation for completing these projects correctly is paramount. When you choose to have a rebuild over a replacement, it can cost less since it is not done on the factory level. One thing to keep in mind is if you have this done in a factory setting, it does not guarantee all parts will be brand new from the manufacturer. In most cases, new transmissions are only done when the cars are being produced. When choosing to do a rebuild, you will be putting in parts such as gaskets, clutch, seals, bands, and other parts. These are going to be the most common parts known to wear out in a transmission. Your mechanic will take apart and clean parts first to inspect them. Following that a new torque converter and solenoids will replace the old ones as the can we weak points in a problematic transmission. Once all necessary parts are replaced, the transmission will be reassembled and put back into the vehicle. Every part of this process is very important to make sure your vehicle resumes function as normal! If you are looking for a shop that can be trusted and has the customer base to back it up, call All Trans Inc. We will identify what has failed and walk you through the whole process so you can be confident that you are making the best decision possible. The era of customer service is back and we are more than happy to serve the residents of Greenville, SC with quality workmanship.