Making sure to bring your vehicle in for proper scheduled maintenances can help it last as long as it can. A common issue with older vehicles is the transmission. The transmission can start to go out because of any leak or any damage that is done to the torque converter. Keeping your vehicle maintained can help conserve the parts and have them working the most efficient way possible. This can also help to preserve the transmission of your vehicle.
If your vehicle has low fluid levels or leaks
Check and refill the transmission fluid on a regular basis. When you are finished checking the fluid, refasten all the parts and tighten them to make sure there is a proper seal. Fluid lines being punctured can cause leaks under the hood. Worn transmission pan gaskets, poorly secured bolts and seals, as well as other parts wearing out can cause these leaks to start forming. If you notice the fluid levels are low, or that you have to replace them frequently, bring your vehicle in and bring it to our attention.
Check the Torque Converter in the vehicle
Through normal age and miles, the torque converter for your vehicle can sustain damage to its bearings. This is most noticeable because an odd grinding sound can be heard when your vehicle is in gear. If you hear this sound, check the torque converter while the transmission fluid is being changed. You can also bring your vehicle in, and let us know the sound that your vehicle is making. We can inspect your vehicle over and look at the transmission and other connecting parts.
Inspecting the Solenoid for your vehicle
The solenoid in your vehicle manages the flow rate of the transmission fluid. This should be checked if a transmission issue is in question. If there is no evidence of any leaks but the transmission is rough while changing gears, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as you can. This way, you can help to prevent any improper wearing or damaging to parts of your vehicle.
Having issues with the Clutch
The clutch that is inside the torque converter can jam when the transmission starts to wear out. You can notice this by the gears becoming sluggish when your vehicle is shifting. You may also start to feel the vehicle shake as the gears shift. Another sign could be the engine temperature starting to rise as you are driving. A jammed clutch can become a serious issue if it is not inspected quickly.
Other issues with the Drive Train
A universal joint may start to become defective and interfere with the power reaching the drive wheels. This is usually determined by a loud squeaking sound that your vehicle makes when it is idling. This has the possibility to cause the transmission mounts to become damaged, resulting in the gearshift slipping. Regular maintenance is an important part to keep your vehicle running in the most effective way possible.