Need For Speed - Increasing The Power Of Your Automatic Transmission

Your transmission is a crucial component of your vehicle. The purpose of the transmission is to help the engine by achieving the greatest performance, while maintaining fuel efficiency. When you notice problems with the performance of your vehicle, many times it could be the transmission.

Transmission problems can be one of the most expensive repairs you have done on your vehicle. To replace your transmission, you could be looking at $4000 to $8,000. Before sending it off to the mechanic, there are signs available that can inform you what may be wrong with your transmission. Here are 5 ways to troubleshoot your transmission without sending it to the mechanic. 

Fluid Leak

One of the most noticeable signs that you have a transmission problem is a transmission fluid leak. Your automatic transmission fluid is essential to your engine running properly. If it does not get the transmission fluid it needs, then your engine could lock up. When you notice a leak coming from underneath your vehicle, it can be difficult to know what the fluid is.

If it is automatic transmission fluid, it will be a bright red color. The fluid also has a sweet smell that helps you identify what it is. Because transmission fluid is not consumed like oil, if the level is low, then you can feel confident there is a leak. Topping the fluid off won't be much help if there is a leak somewhere in the line. 

Transmission Slippage

Slipping of your transmission can happen in both automatic and manual models. Clutch problems are the source of transmission slippage  90% of the time. A lack of transmission fluid can lead to worn out clutch plates. It is important to change out the transmission fluid and ensure there are no leaks present. Other reasons for clutch problems include oil soaked clutch plate or insufficient pedal-free play. 

Unusual Noises from the Transmission

There are several causes for a noisy transmission. It could be the bearings, the torque converter, or the pump. Unless you understand the components of the transmission in depth, then you need to send your vehicle to the local transmission expert. They will start diagnosing the issue by eliminating options. When the pressure changes, it is likely that the pump is the culprit of the noise. If after a stop, the drive wheels start making a noise, this is an indication that the torque converter is the issue.

A transmission expert will be able to listen for the changes in sounds in order to identify the root cause.