Transmissions are a complex and integral part of any vehicle. While these sophisticated systems are not delicate flowers—after all, they are made of metal and are capable of propelling tons of weight—they do require good maintenance and proper treatment. And even with proper care and treatment, wear and tear is inevitable. When transmission problems do arise, it is important that you seek the help of a local transmission repair shop.
Houston’s Go-To Transmission Shop
Are you having transmission problems? Bring your ride into Houston’s most trusted transmission shop! At Tran Star Transmission, we have been providing transmission repairs, replacements, fluid changes, rebuilds, and more for nearly 25 years. Because of our superior service, customer service, and affordability, we have earned a reputation for being Houston’s go-to transmission repair shop.
Our transmission specialist take great pride in being able to work nearly all makes and models of vehicles, whether they are domestic or imports. On top of this, we can perform nearly any transmission service required—transmission replacement, repair, rebuild, a simple flush, and more!
Common Transmission Problems That Should Not Be Ignored
While transmission damage is inevitable, if you experience any of these problems, you should make it a priority to take your car to a local transmission service shop. Ignoring these red flags will not make them disappear. It will just lead to more serious and costly problems down the road.
Low fluid levels
Torque converter issues
Check engine light
Common Mistakes That Can Lead to Transmission Problems
Forgetting to Service Your Transmission
An automatic transmission needs periodical maintenance and tuning. Without regular servicing, your transmission is sure to collect dirt and other contaminants that will bog down your transmission and cause more problems in the future. So how often should you get your transmission serviced? Experts suggest that every 30,000 to 60,000 miles you should take your vehicle to a transmission shop. During this inspection, your service shop can run diagnostic tests, look for leaks, unusual sounds, and more. Whether your local technician determines that you need a complete transmission flush or just a fluid change, these regular services can keep your vehicle in optimal condition.
Not Adding Transmission Fluid
A common but costly mistake many car owners make is not staying on top their transmission maintenance and, therefore, letting the transmission fluid run low. Fluid is absolutely essential to the function of a transmission. It lubricates all the moving parts, provides hydraulic fluid pressure, and keeps the transmission at a cool and safe temperature. When you let fluid levels dip too low, the gears can grind and your tranny can hike up a high running temperature, precipitating serious damage and serious repairs.
A Note About Overheating Transmissions
Allowing your transmission to get too hot can be devastating. Just think of how consequential a 5-degree shift in your body temperature can affect your body. While transmissions are certainly more durable and less complex than the human body, this basic principle still applies. Transmission specialists say that for roughly every 20-degree increase in transmission fluid temperature, your tranny’s life can be cut by half.
What Causes Transmissions to Overheat?
More often than not, an issue with overheating is likely related to a fluid problem. For instance, the fluid is probably either too low, too dirty, or burned. Other contributing factors can include transmission slipping, a defective solenoid, lots of stopping and starting, heavy towing, and the outdoor temperature.
Using The Wrong Transmission Fluid
Just as it can be devastating to your transmission if you let it run low on fluid, adding the wrong type of fluid can be just as disastrous. All fluid is not the same. They vary greatly in the viscosity as well as additives. Not only is there a difference between automatic transmission fluid and manual transmission fluid, but there is also a difference within these categories, like synthetic, traditional, and more. Be sure to read your owner’s manual and consult with your local transmission shop to find the right type of fluid for your vehicle.
Ignoring Transmission Problems
We are all guilty of putting off problems. While some procrastination can be innocuous, some can be significant and costly. When it comes to problems with your transmission, procrastination and neglect fall often fall into the significant and costly category. If you begin to suspect that there may be issues with your transmission, the sooner you take it into a transmission shop, the better chance you have of preventing further problems—and saving yourself some time and money.
While transmissions are durable, there are some bad driving habits that wear your transmission down. For example, even though most newer vehicles with automatic transmissions utilize advanced technology, it is still possible to damage your transmission by throwing it into park before you are fully stopped. Remember that automatic transmissions are not built the same as manual transmissions. With automatics, there is no clutch to completely disengage the transmission. When you are too quick to shift, you make your components change direction too quickly, which can cause grinding, cracking, and chipping of crucial gears.
As you can see, most transmission issues are often the effect of neglect and lack of maintenance. Another way to say this is, often the life of a transmission has more to do with the owner than it does the manufacturer.