Second only to the vehicle’s computer, the transmission system is the most complex and interesting systems in your vehicle. It is comprised of mechanical-, hydraulic-, electrical-, and computer systems that work together to make the engine drive the wheels every day, in all conditions. And many aspects of modern driving take their toll on the transmission, causing it to overheat and creating problems down the line.
Our New England climate is hard on transmissions – we drive in winter snow and in extreme summer heat. Sometimes we have to drive at speed or get stuck in stop-and-go traffic. And for those of us who have to tow a heavy trailer, this can also cause problems.
So given how much we expect of the transmission and how complex the whole system is, correct maintenance is vital and will increase the lifespan of your vehicle. Be aware of the symptoms that could indicate transmission system problems:
- Fluid spots or signs of leaks on your driveway
- Difficulty in shifting gears or gear slippage
- Grinding or brushing noises while the vehicle is in motion
- Violent shaking underneath the vehicle
- Drop in the power output of your engine
If you experience any of these issues, or if you notice that your transmission fluid levels are low, you should bring your vehicle in for a service as soon as possible.
Contact us today if you would like to schedule an appointment for an transmission service!