As I mentioned in my previous post, transmission problems are usually too complicated for a regular DIY-project. You’ll need expensive specialized tools to perform various operations on your automatic transmission. But it is possible for you to determine the possible cause/s behind your transmission problems.
There are usually five main auto problems that could result in automatic transmission troubles. These include bad engine performance, problems with your car’s mechanical components, hydraulic problems, engine onboard computer problems or errors, and electronic problems. To find out what’s wrong with your transmission, start with these following tips.
Check Your Transmission Fluid Regularly and Look for Leaks
It’s highly recommended that you check your transmission fluid at least every six months. Like all the other fluids found inside your car, the transmission fluid helps lubricate your gears. Having very low transmission fluid levels can make shifting your car very difficult, if not impossible. It can also lead to transmission damage, which may require you to rebuild the entire system.
If you notice that you’re losing transmission fluid too quickly, then it’s highly probable that you have a leak.
You don’t really have to do much to check for leaks. Since the transmission system is a closed system, there are just a few places in the entire system that could spring a leak. And if you’re using transmission fluid, then all you basically have to do is look for signs of red fluid dripping from under your ride.
Check for leaks in the following places:
- Check your radiator. If you have a transmission cooler, then transmission fluid may have leaked and mixed with the coolant inside your radiator. Because these two fluids don’t mix well, spotting a leak through your radiator should be pretty easy.
- Locate your filler tube base and check for leaks. Is there red fluid pooling underneath your filler tube base. Is the device damp? If yes, then you have a leak.
- Look at the Selector Shaft. The selector shaft refers to the small rod that attaches your gear shift to your transmission system.
- Check between your engine and transmission.
- Have a look at the area where your speed (electronic) sensor is mounted. The speed sensor is usually bolted to your transmission housing or is screwed into the housing itself.
- Check out the transmission’s drain hole. The drain hole should be located directly under your transmission.