The last thing most vehicle owners want to hear from a service adviser or mechanic at an auto repair shop is, “Your transmission needs repair.” Ouch! Usually a diagnosis like this translates to big money.
One way to put off the need for transmission repair is to check your transmission fluid at least twice a year. If it’s too low, your vehicle may shift poorly. Even worse, leaving it low can damage the transmission. (Tip: If it’s low a lot, check for fluid leaks. Transmission fluid is usually red in color so it’s easy to differentiate from other vehicle fluids.)
Where to find transmission leaks
Because transmissions operate within a closed system, there are only a handful of places where leaks happen: at the base of the filler tube; at the drain hole beneath; at the radiator; at the selector shaft; at the speed-sensor mounting location; between transmission and engine; and finally, from the tail shaft seal or the transmission pan gasket (these last two are the most common sites of transmission leaks).
More Things to check if you suspect it’s the transmission
TIP: Inspect and replace your filter before you do anything else. This simple action can often take care of transmission repair problems. If changing the filter doesn’t solve the problem, then you can gasp and start sweating out the possibility of a major transmission repair bill.
At Chuck’s Auto Repair locations in North Seattle and Shoreline, we warranty our transmission rebuilds up to 3yr/100,000 miles. Our AAA-approved for total car care, ASE-certified master mechanics know the ropes as few others do in Seattle. So when your transmission starts showing troublesome symptoms (e.g., burning smells; check engine light; dragging clutch; clunking or humming; grinding or shaking when you change gears; leaking fluid; no response; slipping gears; transmission noisy when in neutral; vehicle refuses to go into gear; whining) give us a call—we do it all. 206-526-1069
Green Lake, WA
We had to have our transmission replaced. Always friendly prompt service and very professional. Great place for honesty and integrity. Thank you staff and all mechanics!