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Transmission Repair – How To Tell If You Really Need It?

Like all things, transmissions require regular maintenance to avoid problems down the road. If you’re driving and hear a grinding noise when accelerating, it could be your transmission. It’s important to seek out transmission repair as soon as possible if you suspect that something is wrong, otherwise it could become more expensive down the road. Regular transmission tune-ups can prevent major repairs by identifying problems early on before they become costly vehicle headaches.

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What is a Car Transmission?

A car transmission is a system of gears and shafts that transfers power from the engine to the wheels. A car’s automatic transmission has an internal selection mechanism, which automatically shifts gears at various speeds. It’s controlled by a microprocessor that knows when to make the changes. Manual transmission cars have a stick shift where you select the gear you want with your hand and control acceleration with a throttle pedal. Transmissions are connected to the engine via drive shafts and axles, which are basically what connects the wheels and drives them around.

Signs that Your Transmission Needs Repair

  1. Burned smell: Sometimes you can smell it before you see it. The fluid on your transmission (called transmission fluid) is organic, like vegetable oil. It contains an additive package that helps fight corrosion and wear in the transmission. Over time, this additive becomes depleted, causing the oils to deteriorate and become burnt smelling. You’ll want the problem fixed as soon as possible because an overheated transmission can result in costly damage to the gears.
  2. Humming, grinding or clunking sounds: Your transmission is an integral part of your vehicle, and can affect its performance. If you hear a humming or clunking sound when you shift gears or if shifting gears causes your vehicle to “hunt” or grind, then it may be time to have your transmission inspected.
  3. Difficulty shifting gears: Transmission problems are one of the most common issues that plague cars. If you experience difficulty shifting gears, grinding noises while trying to shift, or slipping into reverse when you accelerate, then you may need to visit an auto repair shop.
  4. Thumping or grinding sensation: A grinding or thumping sensation in the car’s transmission could mean that it needs repair. The noises may occur during acceleration or when driving at slow speeds, and can be accompanied by a loss of power or trouble shifting gears
  5. A lag between gear changes: The lag between gear changes is another sign of transmission trouble. The car might be difficult to drive, and at certain speeds the engine may rev automatically or jerk as it shifts into gear. If the vehicle won’t shift out of first, second or third gear, the problem may be serious.
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Types of Car transmission Repair:

Your car’s transmission is an important component of your vehicle, and when it starts to break down you’ll notice a difference in the way your car drives. While there are a number of types and styles of different transmissions, most vehicles today have automatic transmissions that can be repaired or replaced by a professional only. Repairers and mechanics specializing in transmissions will often examine the vehicle to determine what problems exist, recommend and carry out repairs, or supply a second hand transmission instead if repairs cannot be completed. 

Transmission repair can include different types of repairing. Here are the main ones:

  • Transmission Fluid Change repair: If you don’t change your transmission fluid often enough, your car could develop a leak. That makes the transmission slip and burn off energy from its gears, because some of the transmission fluid is going to waste. 

Changing your transmission fluid regularly prolongs the life of your car’s transporters and saves you money in repair bills down the road. It also makes driving safer because you know that if something happens to one of your gears, it’s not going to happen for a long time.The average cost of a trans fluid flush is AED 220.

  • Transmission Flush repair:Transmission Flush repair is a fast and simple to perform service that can help a vehicle run smoother, potentially longer. The process involves removing the transmission pan and cleaning out the gunk that has built up in the transmission. Once your system is cleaned out and properly flushed, your transmission should run more efficiently.
  • Rebuild or Replacement: The transmission can be rebuilt or replaced depending on the severity of the damage. Rebuilding the transmission does not guarantee that it will be a good unit, and replacement could mean that you get a new or used transmission from a salvage yard. Remanufactured units are usually better than rebuilt units because they are updated to meet specifications set forth by auto manufacturers.Rebuilding your transmission is often the least expensive way to repair it, but if your car is still under warranty, or you simply have higher expectations for reliability, then you may want to consider replacement instead.

Transmission Repair Cost

Transmission repair costs vary widely depending on the type of car or truck you drive and other factors. The best way to get an idea of what transmission repair costs in your area is to contact several auto repair shops and find out how much they charge for different types of repairs. If you can, visit the shop and check out their work so you know what you’re getting for your money.

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