If you drive a car with an automatic transmission, you may have thought about what would happen if the transmission started to fail.
Here are five signs of transmission problems you should not ignore:
If you’re experiencing automatic transmission slipping, it can feel like you’re driving in a certain gear and then it changes for no apparent reason. The noise from the engine may change in pitch or start to sound like whining. Your car may also seem like it’s struggling, is suddenly underpowered, or isn’t accelerating like it should.
2. Rough shifts
Your car may feel like it’s refusing to change gears as it normally does, or the gear shifts aren’t very smooth. Sometimes you can feel or hear a noticeable “clunk” or “thud” when the car shifts gears. You may also notice the car has difficultly getting up to speed.
3. Delayed engagement
If this symptom occurs, you’ll notice a delay before the car actually engages into drive and starts moving forward. When you shift out of “P” and into “D,” there may be a long pause where the car revs the engine as you give it gas, but it’s not moving forward as it should.
Transmissions are generally sealed units that should never leak fluid. If you’ve noticed leak spots on your driveway or garage floor, lay down cardboard under your car in the front and middle to determine if they’re active leaks.
If your transmission is leaking – fluid is bright red, but can also be a dark red or brown – visit your auto service shop. Before refilling any transmission fluid; factory specifications should be followed because overfilling can create a bigger transmission issue.
5. Dashboard warning lights
A warning light alone, like the “check engine” light, typically doesn’t mean you have a transmission problem, but if any of the above symptoms are occurring in conjunction with an illuminated warning, have it diagnosed by a professional. A warning light typically means the computer is generating an error code that can be checked with a shop’s diagnostic equipment. For transmissions specifically, “P0700” is a code that can indicate a general transmission problem.
Transmission repair considerations
Costs related to repairing your transmission can be as little as $150 or so to replace a defective transmission solenoid and up to $2,500 or more to repair or replace an entire transmission. You should definitely research what shops in your area specialize in transmission repair and call or visit them to get an estimate. If your normal mechanic doesn’t specialize in or provide transmission repair, they should be able to recommend a specialist.
If you’re not comfortable driving your vehicle due to transmission issues, have it towed in. Most reputable shops will want to test drive the vehicle to attempt to replicate the issues you’re concerned with, but that may mean they need additional time to diagnose the problem. Any towing and diagnostic fees should be included in your estimate.
Questions to ask of transmission repair shops
Before authorizing any transmission repair, ask if they plan on replacing parts and where those new parts will come from. If they’re rebuilding the existing transmission or replacing it with a new one, ask what the warranty is. An industry standard warranty is 12 months or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first), but you may be able to purchase an extended 24-month/24,000-mile warranty or even a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.
You can also ask if your transmission specialist is a member of or certified by the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association. No matter what, make sure you ask any questions about the repair process before it takes place, and that the shop leaves you with a good feeling about trusting them with what could be a costly repair.
The automatic transmission may develop shifting concerns. On lower mileage vehicles, upgrading the software in the powertrain control module (PCM) and the transmission control module (TCM) may correct the problem. As the mileage increases, internal transmission damage can occur. Repairs could involve replacement of the valve body or a complete transmission rebuild. Whenever major transmission repairs are made, it is important to be sure the PCM and the TCM have the latest software updates to help prevent these issues from reoccurring.
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Your car’s transmission is one of the most important parts of your vehicle, and transmission problems with your vehicle can result in rendering your vehicle completely undrivable. The transmission in your vehicle is the part of the car that directs the power from your engine to the driveshaft which in turn helps to turn the wheels on your vehicle. Following good preventive maintenance procedures for your transmission will always help your transmission perform better, last longer and require fewer repairs. However, in the event that your transmission does have problems, knowing what some of the more common types of transmission problems are can help you quickly diagnose and repair them. So, here is a list of the most common type of transmission problems.
Low Fluid Levels or Leaks
Low levels of transmission fluid or transmission fluid leaks are by far the most common type of transmission problem. Low levels of transmission fluid are usually caused by leaks in the transmission system itself. The seals in the transmission or driveshaft may become faulty and leak fluid. Occasionally, transmission gasket seals may need to be replaced to seal the leaks in the transmission. On some occasions, transmission fluid may be contaminated from coolant in the radiator. This is called cross-contamination and does occur on occasion.
Generally speaking, symptoms of low fluid levels or fluid leaks will include gear slippage or slow shifting. In the event fluid is very old or contaminated, the fluid will need to be changed or the transmission completely flushed and refilled.
Torque Converter Problems
Torque converters and transmission can be the source of several types of problems that can result in transmission damage or failure. One of the most common problems associated with the torque converter is worn or damaged needle bearings. If the needle bearings become warm, you will generally hear strange noises coming from the transmission while in driving gears. When the vehicle is in neutral, the transmission will probably not make any strange sounds, but when in a driving gear will make grinding or brushing sounds.
The solenoid controls the flow of fluid throughout the transmission. Many times, the solenoid can become damaged because of insufficient fluid levels or other electronic problems with the solenoid. Problems with the solenoid are usually similar to those of inadequate fluid levels or fluid leaks. If your vehicle’s transmission is slipping and there are no leaks, the solenoid is the next item that you should check.
The clutch is located within the torque converter and can occasionally become jammed. When the clutch jams, the solenoid may become locked and the amount of transmission fluid in the torque converter may not be correctly calculated. These type clutch problems in the torque converter also appear very similar to low fluid levels. Clutch problems will also normally cause violent shaking underneath the vehicle and may produce very high heat levels in the transmission. You will normally also notice a very sharp drop in the power output of your engine.
Today we are working on another in a long line of Pathfinders that has water in the transmission. It is not only the Pathfinders but it also includes the Frontier and Xterra SUV’s.
The radiator that Nissan put in their SUV’s breaks down and the water and transmission fluid mix. The water gets into the transmission and de-bonds the friction material off the clutch plates. That in itself would be bad, but worse than that is that the computer that controls the transmission is inside the transmission.
Once water enters the computer the transmission is finished. A rebuild at most shops requires that the computer and valvebody to be replaced. This adds another thousand dollars to a expensive rebuild to start with. Seattle Transmission in the SODO district now has a line on the second design computer. No longer are we at the mercy of having to buy the dealers expensive parts.
Below is the recall on the radiator problem. Most cars affected are now out of warranty.
Nissan has decided in the interest of customer satisfaction, to further extend the warranty for the Radiator Assembly on all 2005-10 Frontier, Pathfinder, and Xterra vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. On a small percentage of vehicles, an internal crack on the oil cooler tube may occur leading to internal leakage of engine coolant. While the majority of vehicles will not experience this issue, for customer satisfaction purposes, Nissan has decided to further extend the coverage of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty on the radiator assembly, subject to certain customer co-pays that vary with age/mileage. The New Vehicle Limited Warranty coverage on applied vehicles for the Radiator Assembly (original terms 3 years/36,000 miles) will be extended from the current extension of 8 years/80,000 miles to 10 years/100,000 miles (whichever occurs first), including damage, repairs, replacement, and towing resulting from this issue. With the additional extension, the following warranty coverage and corresponding customer co-pays will now apply: Up to 8 years/80,000 miles (whichever comes first): No customer co-pay After 8 years/80,000 miles (whichever comes first) up to 9 years/90,000 miles (whichever comes first): Customer co-pay is $2,500 After 9 years/90,000 miles (whichever comes first) up to 10 years/100,000 miles (whichever comes first): Customer co-pay is $3,000 As with the prior extension, this extension of warranty on the radiator assembly will cover damage caused to other affected components, including the vehicle transmission, as a result of an internal leakage condition in the radiator assembly. However, existing powertrain coverage applicable to the transmission (5 years/60,000 miles) otherwise remains unchanged.
Kings Transmission can now lift heavier vehicles. We have installed a new state of the art 18,000 pound lift.
A lot of times people who own 4×4 trucks and SUV’s mistake transfer case problems for transmission problems. And when this happens it causes untold heart aches and worries. Seattle Transfer Case repair will diagnose your problem for free. Most times simple repairs can be made to get you back on the road. Get an honest opinion before you let a shop sell you a transmission rebuild. 206-624-1859
Range Rover has not made parts for sale for all the newer model rear differentials. Thus keeping owners trapped into buying entire units instead of repairing what they own. Parts are hard to come by but we now have the ability to rebuild all Rover rear and front differentials. Don’t get stuck paying six thousand dollars if you have a problem. Give us a call 206-624-1859. Repair Transmission Seattle.
The late model Honda Accuras come with a heat exchanger ontop of the transmission. It works to cool the transmission but not well enough with stop and go driving. There is an after market adapter that allows a real cooler to be installed. Kings Transmission Seattle, Transmission Repair Seattle.. 206-624-1859
Kings Transmission of Seattle just rebuilt a automatic transmission (09G) in a 2005 VW New Beetle.
After the rebuild we still had the code of 01045 – Tiptronic switch (F189), implausible signal.
For those of you with tiptronic trans, if your PRNDL display blocks out and you have the inplausible signal DTC, here is something to check for.
The tiptronic switch asm uses HAL sensors and magnets. There are two magnets, a very tiny brick shaped one, and a cylinder shaped one. The cylinder shaped one is in a little bracket that slides/snaps to a plastic carrier strip. What will happen is the bracket that holds the cylinder magnet will pop loose and move back about 1mm, just enough to screw with you.
I had a brand new car with that DTC, my wiring tested out perfect. I order a new Tip switch and install… same issue. Hmmm… maybe I got a dud out of the box, order another switch… again, same problem. Turns out ALL THREE OF THEM had the same problem. I took the tiptronic switch asm all apart (simple, just snapped together) and put a dot of superglue on the cyclinder magent bracket and snapped it into place. Did this to all three of the tip switches, now they all work perfect.
So, before you run off and replace said switch, check that cyclinder shaped magnet, see if you can push it in (the bracket is kind of “wedge” shape), if you push in on it (towards the center of the asm), you should feel it click into place and the edge will be even/flush with the part it is fitted to.
Or you can bring it to us and we will take care of it for you. Kings Transmission Seattle