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Transmission Repair Edmonton

The transmission in your car links the work done by your engine and applies it to the rest of the drivetrain. A transmission in good working order is absolutely vital to a vehicle, as it keeps the engine from over, or under working depending on the situation. Think of your vehicle’s transmission like the gears on a bicycle. If you are operating at lower speeds, driving up a steep incline, or towing a trailer, you will want a lower gear with more torque. However, if you’re cruising along the highway a higher gear will more efficiently transfer the power from the engine to your drivetrain. A vehicle’s transmission is a highly-tuned, complex mechanism, which makes it a very daunting aspect of car repair. The following are 6 signs that it’s time to bring your car into the shop.

6 Signs It’s Time to See a Mechanic For Your Transmission



When your car shifts gears, it should be as smooth a transition as possible. In fact, you should barely notice it in a car with automatic transmission. If you start to hear, or feel anything that could indicate that your vehicle is having difficulty changing between gears, have it looked at as soon as possible. A clunking noise could indicate low transmission fluid, worn out gears, or faulty sensors sending wrong information to the gearbox in the case of an automatic.


Gears Are Grinding

This is a common symptom of a transmission problem and is most likely due to a worn out clutch. The clutch allows the power from the engine to be applied to the drivetrain, and if the clutch is not properly engaging and disengaging, it will scrape and slip against the gears in the transmission. Prolonged use with a faulty clutch will cause extensive damage to your gearbox.


Fluids Are Leaking

This should be pretty self-explanatory. If you notice a fluid pooling underneath your car, your transmission may be leaking. Transmission fluid can be identified by its slightly pinkish color. However, if the fluid is quite old, it will look and smell burnt. If you notice this, bring your car into the shop.


No Response/ Slow Response

If your automatic transmission is slow between gears, or failing to shift at all, you have a problem that needs to be looked at immediately. For example, if you are accelerating and your car seems stuck at higher than regular RPMs before shifting up to that next gear, this is a sign of an unresponsive transmission. This could be due to faulty sensors in the gearbox failing to receive an accurate speed reading from your vehicle.


Neutral Is Noisy

With your car in a level and safe space and the engine on, apply the parking brake and shift into neutral. If you hear any strange noises, this means your clutch is not properly disengaging, and your transmission should be looked at immediately.


Burning Smell

A burning smell could mean a lot of things, but if it is coming from your transmission, you probably have an issue with your transmission fluid. It may be old, or low, but whatever the case, have it looked at by a professional. Transmission fluid lubricates all the moving parts inside the gearbox and over time it will collect metal shavings and other grime and will no longer adequately do its job. Generally, a vehicle’s transmission fluid should be flushed every 100,000 miles, so stay on top of it to keep your car running smoothly.

What Happens If I Don't Fix My Transmission?

If you fail to fix your transmission when problems arise, that vital link between your engine and your drivetrain will be degraded more and more over time until it breaks down completely. This means your car will be completely undriveable and repairs will most likely cost more than your car is worth.

Frequently Asked Transmission Repair Questions

Because your vehicle’s transmission is so complex, it can be one of the more costly things to repair. A transmission overhaul sadly often means the end of your car. Again, think of the gears on your bike. If you were to disassemble them completely, how confident are you that you would be able to put it back together competently? Well, it’s like that but WAY more complicated. When any problems arise, have them looked at immediately.

Yes, but every mile you drive is doing considerable damage and will end up costing you a lot more down the road. There is endless movement inside your car’s gearbox and if it isn’t running properly, there’s going to be a lot of friction and heat. Over a long period of time, this will completely ruin your transmission.

Sometimes. If the damage is minor, such as a faulty sensor, or a malfunctioning clutch, you might be able to have your transmission fixed without a complete rebuild. However, if the gears are worn out and damaged, a rebuild may be the only way to have yoru car driveable again.

Poor maintenance is the main culprit. If you fail to upkeep your transmission fluid, you are going to cause undue stress and wear on your gearbox. Also, if you drive your car harder than need be, your transmission will wear out much faster.

This all depends. If you have your car looked over and have your fluid flushed every 100,000 miles, your transmission could last an incredibly long time. However, if you neglect to do this, your transmission could be shot before long. It’s mostly up to you.

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