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Most Common Transmission Problems
Many know that a car's transmission is crucial to the workings of an automobile. It can send power from the engine to the drive wheels through a series of gears. Its proper function can keep the car working for a long time. If not, disaster can occur if not properly maintained.
Low levels of transmission fluid or a transmission fluid leak is the most common transmission problem a driver could potentially face. Low fluid levels are usually caused by a leak somewhere in your transmission, sometimes in the pan. Occasionally a transmission gasket may need to be replaced to stop a leak, the seals may be faulty, and sometimes the transmission fluid just gets contaminated.
The solenoid is responsible for the flow of transmission fluid throughout your car. The solenoid is most often damaged due to low fluid levels and the occasional electronic problem. If your transmission is slipping and you can't identify a leak, it's most likely due to solenoid damage. A good mechanic knows that if you're not dealing with a leak, the next place that should be checked is your solenoid. If your mechanic doesn't make this suggestion, it's time to find a new transmission repair shop.
Torque converter issues can cause multiple transmission problems, resulting in severe damage or complete failure of your transmission system. A common issue associated with the torque converter is damaged or worn-out needle bearings. If the needle bearings overheat, they can become damaged, and you'll start hearing strange noises from your transmission while driving. You won't hear any sound when the car is in neutral, but as soon as you shift into gear, you will hear brushing or grinding sounds.
The clutch is located in the torque converter and may occasionally get jammed. When the clutch jams, your solenoid can lock, and the amount of transmission fluid in the torque converter may not be calculated right. Clutch problems in the torque converter can fool the untrained eye because the problems resemble those related to low fluid levels, so it's always best to have your vehicle checked out by a professional. More prominent clutch problems will be associated with violent shaking and sharp drops in power output from your car.
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