How To Diagnose & Fix Simple Transmission Issues

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How To Diagnose & Fix Simple Transmission Issues

How To Diagnose & Fix Simple Transmission Issues

3 December 2014
Automotive, Blog

Transmission issues can occur any time, and you should do your best to be prepared. The following are a few tips that can help solve simple transmission issues and help you diagnose a problem.

Diagnosing a Transmission Issue

The following are a few warning signs that may signal a transmission problem:

  • The RPM or revolutions per minute gauge reads anything above 3,500.
  • Your vehicle cannot coast properly. This is a symptom that occurs without you changing gears or pressing on the brakes. 
  • There is a significant delay in acceleration.

You can also try the following simple and quick transmission test. This test is best performed in an open space where there is no danger of hitting anyone. And this test is only applicable to automatic transmissions:

  1. Turn you car on normally but leave it in park.
  2. Put your parking brake on. 
  3. Put your vehicle in reverse or drive. 
  4. Press on your brakes. 
  5. Floor your gas pedal all the way. 
  6. Look at the RPM meter and make sure that it does not go under or over the range of 1500 to 3500. 
  7. This test should not be done for over 10 seconds. Doing this test over the recommended amount of time could strain your engine and damage your car.

Now you can move on to the next step.

Simple Solutions For Minor Transmission Issues

The simplest solution is to check if you have an adequate amount of transmission fluid. Remember to check your transmission fluid when your car is on. Look in your manual to locate where you need to check if you don't know. You should see the fluid cover the two small indicator dots on your stick. Fill it up if it needs fluid, but make sure you do not overfill it.

Another thing that could mess with your transmission is old or low quality transmission fluid. You can tell that your transmission fluid is healthy by looking at the color. Your transmission fluid should always look red or burgundy. You will need to replace the transmission fluid entirely should you see that the transmission fluid looks black or any other color.

Remember that transmission fluid is not the only cause for transmission problems. There could be other problems that you can't see, so make sure you check with your transmission specialist at a shop like Interstate Transmission to properly diagnose any problems. You will save money if you detect and address issues sooner than later. 

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