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I’ve always seen myself as someone who knows what they’re doing when it comes to cars, at least to a certain extent. For instance, I only drive manual cars, because I’ve always preferred the feel of using a clutch and shifting gears manually. I think automatic cars are for people that don’t really have any genuine interest in cars at all and just need a car to get around.
Though I do love cars quite a bit and find them very interesting, there are still certain things that I don’t trust myself to do. For instance, when it comes to transmission repair, I am truly unskilled, and I always seek out the best Seattle manual transmission repair facility that I can find. That way I know my car will be in the best condition that it possibly can be.
I was beginning to think that my car might be on its last leg, figuratively speaking; if it wasn’t then it was sure starting to show signs on age, and perhaps poor maintenance. I wasn’t always that great with taking care of my car on time like I should have been doing, but I don’t have a great memory and I would forget to place appointments all the time.
Recently, I decided I was finally fed up with all of my car’s problems and I wanted to do something about it. I spent the day driving around looking for a place that’d fit my Seattle transmission replacement needs. I eventually found a place and they were able to help me take care of everything that was wrong with my car; it’s running pretty much perfect now.
I just recently moved out here. It’s been two months and I can say that I am getting used to the lifestyle. The move was relatively painless; I just had to do a few things to make my move official. The first thing I had to do was get a new driver’s license. After that, I had to find a good mechanic.
I liked my mechanic when I lived back in the East coast. He was honest and he did good work. He always told me what my car needed before it actually needed it. It’s hard to find that kind of service these days and I know I was lucky that I had someone like that as my mechanic. Lately, I think my transmission has been acting up. I asked a few people for the best transmission repair Seattle had to offer. There was no consensus so I had to go out to a few different shops to have a good feel on who can be trusted. I have a paranoid feeling that most mechanics are just trying to rip people off and I have a hard time trusting anybody to work on my car.
I hate the winter. It seems like every time winter rolls around, something with my car goes wrong. My car is fine the other nine months of the year, but every winter, it seems like an imaginary alarm goes off inside my car and it remembers all of the problems it has. Last winter, I needed to replace all four tires because they all went flat on me. The tires were fairly new so I had to take them back to the shop to get them replaced.
I already experienced my bad luck this winter. My transmission was acting up so I took in to the best West Seattle transmission repair shop I could find and had them diagnose what was wrong with it. I dropped my car off earlier this week and still haven’t heard back from them. It’s horrible to not have a car in the freezing cold of winter. I wouldn’t mind it so much in the warmer months when I could enjoy the weather outside, but who wants to stand around and wait for a bus in the freezing cold? Not me. I hope I get my car back soon because I’m getting sick of this, literally.
Next to the engine itself, the most important of internal car systems is the transmission. Transmission problems have a direct impact on your car engine’s efficiency and smoothness of operation. To diagnose any problems with this crucial car system, one needs to be aware of transmission problem symptoms. That is the primary subject of discussion in this article. A glance through this Buzzle article will acquaint you with all the signs that indicate an impending transmission failure.
Without the transmission, your car would run only at a single speed. It is the transmission that makes speed variation possible using torque generated by the car engine. Now there are two types of transmission systems available. Most of modern cars have a built in automatic transmission system, where the gear changing is managed by the car itself. Otherwise, most older cars have a manual transmission.
Symptoms Indicating Transmission Issues
If you don’t want to be ripped off by car repair shops, you need to know how to carry out transmission problem diagnosis. An accurate diagnosis requires knowledge of the inner workings of the transmission. It would be a good idea to get hold of a Hayne’s manual, specific to your car model. It will provide you with an overview of automatic transmission working and also provide some maintenance tips. Here are the most common symptoms that one needs to watch out for.
Rough Shifting of Gears
One of the prime symptoms is rough shifting of gears. Instead of a smooth gear transmission, you will find that the transmission is bumpy. If you notice this happening repeatedly, it is time to get the transmission checked.
If you notice that the gears are delayed in getting engaged and there is a latent response from the transmission, the reason might indicate a problem with the gear box. This condition may be a result of multitude of causes. One of the most likely causes might be low transmission fluid.
Murky Transmission Fluid
If you notice that the transmission fluid is looking murky, it means that a lubrication fluid replacement is on the cards. An immediate transmission fluid change is recommended.
One of the most common problems with car transmission is recurrent slipping when changing gears. Transmission slipping can result from low levels of lubrication fluid or structural failure. This is one of the prime problems that plague an automatic transmission. This car problem needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Transmission Fluid Leak
Checking transmission fluid should be a part if your regular car maintenance schedule. A leaking of the transmission fluid is one of the major indicators of imminent automatic and manual transmission problems. Make sure that you get the fluid replaced, as without it, the system will eventually break down. Lubrication is an essential need of every working machine part and the most essential necessity of the transmission.
Due to prolonged wear and tear of gears due to low transmission fluid levels, knocking noise may be heard. This noise is indicative of imminent transmission failure. A transmission fluid refill may take care of the problem quite easily.
At the slightest indication of any of these signs of impending transmission failure presenting themselves, you should visit Transmission Repair Seattle, as soon as possible. Delay in doing so, will ultimately result in costly car repairs. Make it a point to include car transmission checkup, in your regular car maintenance schedule. Call us at 206-624-1859.
Mercedes Benz Automatic Transmission Service and Repair
The majority of Mercedes Benz cars and SUVs coming into our shop for transmission repair service have the 722.6 automatic transmissions. These transmissions utilize 5 forward speeds and are fully computer-controlled and utilize adaptive learing. The earlier transmissions were prone to major gear train failure, resulting in a mess of damaged internal components. The most noticeable symptoms of gear train failure are loss of movement in forward or reverse and/or whining or grinding sounds when engaged in gear. The sounds can occur with or without vehicle movement. Gear train failures have been greatly reduced in later model transmissions due to a design change.
Transmission Computer Electrical Problems
All 722.6 Mercedes transmissions experience many electronic problems; however, there are major differences between the earlier and later 722.6 transmission models. These differences play a big role in the probability of cause of failure as well as the cost of repair. Electronic problems are still very prevalent even in the late model units, but these issues are relatively inexpensive to repair, because they can be addressed without removing and disassembling the transmission. The three electronic problems mentioned below account for 85% of the electronic problems we see in Mercedes-Benz transmissions.
Electrical Valve Body Conductor Plate Sensors
A defective transmission conductor plate is generally diagnosed by the speed sensor codes it produces when it has failed. This conductor plate is located on top of the transmission valve body, which can be accessed from under the vehicle. Repair of this component is not feasible, so the part must be replaced with a new one produced by the manufacturer, available from the Mercedes dealership. The replacement of the conductor plate requires removal of the transmission valve body. When the health body is removed, the conductor plug must also be removed, and should always be replaced with a new one.
Conductor Plug Leaking Fluid into Wiring Harness and Computer
The conductor plug often leaks fluid to the external wiring harness which is attached to it. When this occurs, the leaking fluid can get drawn up through the wiring harness and can accumulate in the transmission control module. Oils, including transmission fluid, are not good conductors of electricity; however they can wreak havoc when introduced into sensitive electronic equipment, such as microprocessors. To correct this problem, the conductor plug must be replaced, the wiring harness must be cleaned of excess transmission fluid, and the transmission control module should be disassembled and sprayed clean with electrical contact cleaner. In most cases the transmission control module will revert back to proper operation, but in some cases it must be replaced.
TRRS Shifter Switch Electrical Malfunction
The gear shift selector located in the center console of Mercedes Benz automobiles is coupled with a complex switch that sends electrical signals to the transmission computer controller. This switch is not adequately protected against conductive water based liquids that may enter through the center console area. Spilling your favorite beverage or leaving the sunroof open during a cloudburst can ruin the TRRS shifter switch, usually resulting in transmission malfunctions. This occurs because unlike oil based liquids and materials which do an adequate job of insulating electrical current, water based liquids are highly conductive. This is why the insulation on electrical wires is made of plastic, a petroleum oil based material. The TRRS switch cannot be repaired or bypassed, so replacing the switch will is required to restore proper function, allowing the correct signals to reach the Mercedes transmission computer controller through the wiring harness.
If your located in the Seattle area feel free to bring it by Seattle Transmission Repair for a free diagnostic service.
A defect investigation has been launched regarding a transmission problem in model year 2005-2010 Nissan Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra.
Hundreds of Xterra, Frontier, and Pathfinder owners have reported sudden jerking in their vehicles when travelling at highway speeds. The problem has been diagnosed as a failed transmission cooler which allows coolant to mix with the transmission fluid, causing internal damage to the components. Reports of the issue say that prior to the failure, the occupants noticed nothing amiss with the operation of the vehicle.
Despite hundreds of documented complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan still claims that there is no defect. In 2007, the company began to offer an extended warranty good for eight years or 80,000 miles on the transmission and radiator cooler. When the transmission failure occurred however, the company covered the price for the radiator assembly and not the internal damage done to the transmission.
Based on the number of complaints regarding the exact same issue, the result of this investigation will almost undoubtedly be a recall, although it seems Nissan is doing everything in its power to avoid such a circumstance. Seattle Transmission Repair has done several of these repairs. Parts inside the transmission which include the valve body and solenoids suffer damage to the extent that they must be replaced and not repaired. To date the only source for the valve body and solenoids is Nissan itself and there is a national back order on these parts.
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 un-drivable. 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.
Bring your car to Seattle Transmission Repair and let us check your car for free.
According to all of my friends who are into cars, I was definitely having some problems with the transmission in my car. I don’t know enough to diagnose those kinds of things and though some of my friends are into cars, none of them has ever really done anything with it professionally, so I’m wary to let them work on my car.
I made it my goal to find the most accurate and affordable transmission diagnostics Seattle can offer. I was able to find a decent place in the Seattle area that got everything done for me. Now my car’s driving perfectly and I have them to thank; I haven’t had any problems with it since I got it back from them!
Some people wonder what are the benefits of driving a manual car as opposed to driving an automatic, considering that many people believe cars with manual transmission to be more difficult to drive than automatic ones. One reason to drive a manual is because it trains and conditions you to be more of an alert driver, which is always an important thing to be on the road.
Other reasons are the ability to pull of certain forms of car control such as drifting, which are mostly impossible in an automatic. Additionally, knowing how to drive a manual will prepare you to drive any car, regardless of its transmission. Just be sure you take your car in for West Seattle manual transmission repair to keep your car in tip-top shape.
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