An automatic transmission generally makes a car easier to drive. Not having to switch gears and work a clutch manually allows the driver to focus more on speed, navigation, and road conditions. However, this option has more components than its manual counterpart, making it a more complicated mechanism. Thus, it’s best to give it proper attention to catch any issues before they get worse.
Common Reasons Behind Transmission Issues
1. Computer System Failure
Most new car models use computers to control vehicle capabilities, including the gear shift and other features, such as valves and sensors for pressure, speed, and temperature. If a problem with the computer causes an issue, resetting it can be the solution. To reset the computer, disconnect the car battery for 30 minutes. If this doesn’t solve the problem, take your car to a mechanic.
2. Fluid Leak
If you’re experiencing unusual grinding noises or sudden gear shifts, your car may be low on automatic transmission fluid (ATF). Since vehicles don’t use up this fluid like they use motor oil, there’s a big possibility that there’s a leak in your system. If there are any signs of a bright or dark red fluid spill on your garage floor, have the damage repaired before the leak worsens.
3. Fluid Contamination
The ATF may also be contaminated with water or coolants due to flooding conditions or a lack of proper maintenance, which can lead to overheating, system damage, and shifting issues. If you notice the engine revving higher than usual, ATF contamination could be the culprit. When this happens, have a professional mechanic perform a system flush.
If you need help with your transmission, check out Northgate Transmissions in Cincinnati, OH. For more than 30 years, this shop has specialized in transmission service, including clutch replacements. Their skilled technicians combine state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment with years of experience to efficiently diagnose the source of manual and automatic transmission problems in domestic or imported cars. Call (513) 385-4400 or visit their website to learn more about their services today.