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Transmission Failure – What Are The Causes?

Transmission Failure – What Are The Causes?

Do you think your transmission is starting to fail? The transmission system is very essential for your car to work. If this system starts to fail, your entire car will eventually stop working. You know how your vehicle typically drives. Since you spend the most time in your car, you will be able to notice if it starts driving differently. If you hear any strange sounds or smell something burning you need to properly diagnose the root cause of the issue. Your transmission could be failing. It is important to do this as soon as possible so you don’t damage anything further. The quicker you get a diagnosis, the sooner you can start driving your car normally again. 


 

What Does The Transmission Do?

 

If you hear weird noises coming from your car, your transmission could be failing. This system is essential for your car to function so you want to ensure it works properly. The transmission is sometimes referred to as the brain of the car. It serves different purposes, but its main function is to transfer the engine’s power to the wheels while regulating the engine speed. 

 

This is a very important job to keep your car running. The transmission runs on fluid. This means that the transmission fluid is completely necessary in order to keep your car working and on the roads. Without the transmission fluid, your car will stop working. If you suspect that your transmission is starting to fail, you need to get your car checked out so you can get a proper diagnosis.  

 

Common Transmission Problems 

 

Unfortunately, transmission systems do start to fail over time. There are some ways that you can avoid this from happening. If you spend a little more time with the maintenance of your car, these issues could be prevented. Listed below are some of the causes you should be aware of. 

 

Low Transmission Fluid Levels: If you have low transmission fluid levels, your transmission system will eventually stop working. This will lead to very bad problems and issues with some of the parts within the system. The job of the transmission fluid is to lubricate the parts so they don’t rub together and cause the system to overheat. The transmission fluid also will cool these components down. If there is not enough fluid, the entire system will start to perform poorly. Eventually, the entire transmission will stop working. 

 

Leaking Transmission Fluid: One of the easiest ways to determine why your transmission fluid is low is to see if there is a leak. You can do this by looking around to see if there is any excess transmission fluid sitting around. This fluid is normally red so you know what to look for. Additionally, these leaks are normally near the drain plug. This is between the transmission and the engine. You need this fluid for the transmission system to work. It is crucial that you find out where this leak is so you can fix it before any permanent damage is done. 

 

Clogged Transmission Filter: Did you know that there is a filter for the transmission fluid? Most people are not aware of this. The purpose of the filter is to keep the fluid clean and at the highest quality. The filter can become clogged with dirt particles. When this happens, the filter will not be able to let the correct amount of fluid through to the other parts of the transmission. This will affect the parts within the transmission system because they won’t get properly lubricated. Furthermore, the system could overheat without this fluid circulating through. Always check to make sure your transmission filter is not clogged so your fluid can go where it needs to. 

 

Lack Of Maintenance: It is important to always follow the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations. The leading cause of transmission failure is due to a lack of maintenance. Individuals are not properly maintaining their cars which leads to these systems failing and potentially permanently damaging their cars. If you have questions about the maintenance of your car, you can always call the manufacturer and they will answer any of your questions. You can also take your car in to a mechanic and they will be able to help you with any maintenance questions as well. 

 

Why Is My Transmission Failing?

 

Delayed Shifting: Does your transmission take a while to get into the correct gear? This may be a sign that you have low transmission fluid. This could be happening due to a leak or lack of maintenance. This can lead to serious issues if you don’t get them fixed as soon as you notice an issue. If your transmission fluid can reach the parts it needs to, you could damage the internal transmission parts. They could overheat because the fluid won’t be able to cool them off and they are being overworked. 

 

Engine Is Revving High: Do you notice that your car will occasionally jolt? Your transmission could be slipping. This could be caused by internal wear and tear on your transmission system. The individual parts could be rubbing together too much, which causes friction to occur. In this situation, the parts are being overworked and they will start to wear down over time. You may also notice that your engine is revving high. This is normally a sign that parts inside your transmission system are worn out. Don’t let this issue go on for too long because your transmission will eventually stop working. 

 

Transmission Won’t Stay In Gear: Have you even put your car into gear and then it won’t move? This is a serious problem. You always expect your car to drive once you put it into gear. If this happens, your car may be telling you that your transmission fluid is too low. This could be due to a leak or a broken valve. If your car won’t stay in gear, you need to take your car to a mechanic. They will be able to determine the root of the problem so you can get your car fixed. Don’t let this go on for too long because your car could eventually break down if you do. 

 

A Buzzing, Clunking, Or Humming Noise: Do you hear a buzzing or humming sound? Is it coming from the inside of your car? This could be a sign that your transmission is failing. You could have a bad bearing or damaged gears. This could also occur if your transmission fluid is too low.  As you know, it is not normal for your car to be making these noises. So, the noises are trying to alert you that there is an issue within your transmission system.

 

The Car Has No Power: If your car has no power and your engine is properly working, your transmission is failing. The internal parts of the system are starting to shut down. This could happen because there is a leak somewhere within the system. This could also happen because your system is starting to overheat. If the transmission starts to overheat, it will eventually stop working. If transmission fluid cannot reach the parts within the system, they will overheat. Will will damage your transmission and ultimately lead to transmission failure. 

 

The Transmission Fluid Is Leaking: Have you ever seen red fluid under your vehicle? If so, this means your car is probably leaking transmission fluid. It can be difficult to determine where the leak is coming from since there are so many different parts. The leak could be coming from a gasket, a seal, or one of the cooler lines. This becomes an issue if the fluid leaks onto the hot pipes. A mechanic will be able to help you properly locate where the leak is coming from. The sooner you can get a diagnosis the better. It is important for your transmission parts to get the correct amount of fluid so they can work properly. 

 

The Check Engine Light Is On: Is your check engine light on? This turns on to alert you that there is a problem with your car. It is telling you that something is not functioning properly. However, it is important to note that the engine light is not dedicated to just the engine only. This light will go on if you have problems within the transmission system. The light will go on if your transmission is overheating, you have faulty speed sensors, solenoid problems, or a slipping transmission. This goes on so you know there is a problem that you need to diagnose and fix. A mechanic can help you determine where the problem is coming from. They can also look at the trouble codes to see what system is currently failing 

 

Grinding Gears When Shifting: If you drive a manual car, you will notice the gears will start to grind if your transmission is failing. This typically occurs because the clutch is not releasing. Normally this will happen if the parts are worn down or completely broken, Additionally, this will happen if the transmission fluid is low or dirty. If you put the wrong fluid in the transmission system, you will notice transmission issues with your manual car. 

 

The Clutch Pedal Is Not Working Properly: Is your clutch pedal engaging very low or high? This could occur because your transmission is failing. Normally you will have to readjust the system that operates the clutch. There could be an issue with the linkage or hydraulic system. Another way to fix this would be to bleed the system. You could also have a worn clutch disc if the clutch pedal is grabbing much higher than normal. Once these parts start to wear out, other systems will start to be affected. It is important to properly maintain your manual transmission to avoid maintenance issues with your transmission in the future. 

 

How Much Is A Remanufactured Transmission?

 

Transmissions can be incredibly expensive to replace. You have a few different options as far as purchasing a remanufactured transmission. You could purchase a transmission directly from the remanufacturer and they will send it to your house. You will have to install the system yourself. This option will cost you at least $1,400 and could be more expensive depending on the car.

 

The next option is to purchase the transmission directly from the remanufacturer and have an independent mechanic remove the old one and install the new one. This is a good option if you don’t want to install it yourself, but it will cost you more money. The price range for this is $2,300 and up. 

 

Lastly, the most expensive option is to replace your failed transmission with a quality remanufactured unit. This will give you the best warranty because the installation is done by an authorized transmission installer. This will cost you at least $2,600 to replace your transmission. 

 

Conclusion

 

If your transmission has completely failed you understand that you are looking at a very expensive repair cost. The repair is essential if you want your car to work properly again. Since the transmission is an essential part of how the car functions, it is a costly repair. 

 

So you have to make a decision whether you want to fix this problem or sell your car. Do you feel like that is a lot of money to put into your older car? If you don’t want to fix your car you can sell it to us and we will give you cash for it. You don’t have to worry about fixing your transmission, we will take it for its working parts. 

 

We sell refurbished cars and car parts at the best price. If you are interested in selling your car to us, go over to our website and get a quote or call us today at your convenience. We will come pick up your car back and bring it back to our place.

 

Fixing the transmission of a car is incredibly expensive. If you don’t want to hassle with fixing it or you don’t have the money to fix it, you can sell your car to us. Contact us today to get a quote!