No one likes dealing with car problems, especially if it’s not the first big repair your vehicle has had. If your car or truck is having transmission problems, your first thought might be to bring it straight to a mechanic or auto repair facility. They might be able to help you, but tearing apart a transmission without knowing the exact issue can cost you a lot of time and money.
Instead, why not swap out the whole unit? If your car has one or more of the following problems, consider replacing the entire transmission with a used or recycled transmission. It could save a significant amount of money compared to repairing the existing one.
One of the first signs something is wrong with your transmission is difficulty changing gears. Even a delayed or hesitant gear shift can foreshadow a serious problem, especially when you’re on the road. The moment a driver shifts from one gear to another, the vehicle should immediately respond. Automatic transmissions are more likely to have this response issue, often indicated by a noticeable delay when shifting into park or drive, but manual systems are just as susceptible.
Similarly, there shouldn’t be a grinding noise, vibration, or any other kind of resistance when you shift gears. A working transmission will transition smoothly without any shaking or jerking. Grinding in a manual transmission could indicate that you need something as simple as a new clutch, but can also be indicative of a more serious issue.
Transmission slipping is just as dangerous, if not more so, than trouble shifting. A transmission should stay in the set gear until a gear change is performed manually (by the driver) or automatically (by the on-board computer). If your transmission starts slipping into other gears or creating whining noises while you’re driving, it’s the sign of a serious safety risk for you and your passengers. It could be the cause of the problem is simple wear and tear of the gears, or it could be a more serious problem. Tearing the whole transmission to find the problem can be costly in terms of labor and downtime.
Any fluid leak coming from under your hood can indicate a problem, but automatic transmission fluid (ATF) leaks are something you should definitely watch out for. ATF is a vital part of your transmission system; it lubricates, cleans and acts as a hydraulic fluid. If your transmission doesn’t have enough fluid due to leakage or another issue, it can cause more serious problems in the future.
Normal fluid should appear red, clear, and have a slightly sweet-smell. Unlike motor oil, the transmission fluid is not burned off or consumed during usage; it keeps recycling through your transmission. If your ATF is dark or smells burnt, there may be a serious problem happening inside your gearbox.
Check Engine Light
Your vehicle’s check engine light may go on for any number of reasons that will necessitate a visit to your local mechanic. If you’re experiencing any of the above transmission issues, it’s very important that you get your vehicle looked at as soon as possible. Auto repair shops are able to use diagnostic tools that connect to your car’s computer to accurately pinpoint the problem, no matter where it originates. Then you can decide on either repairing your faulty transmission or swapping it with a quality recycled, good-as-new replacement.
Simple Transmission Solutions
If you’re located in Ohio or Kentucky and are in need of a quality replacement transmission, contact Bessler Auto Parts today. We carry a robust inventory of used, recycled original equipment manufacturer (OEM) engines and transmissions. All parts are cleaned, inspected for damage and given a thorough test run to ensure their performance. Call or browse our premium used parts page online to find the perfect part for your vehicle!