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FAQs: Transmission System

Frequently asked questions about Transmission Fluid and Transmission Fluid Service at Graham Auto Repair

Troubleshooting Common Questions About Your Vehicle's Transmission System

Transmission fluid is often overlooked but plays a critical role in keeping your vehicle running smoothly. In this blog we'll tackle some of the most frequently asked questions about transmission fluid and your transmission system to help you troubleshoot any concerns you have. We want to help ensure your car's transmission stays in top condition. Please let us know if we missed any by sending us your questions through our Contact Page.

1. How Does a Car Act When it Needs Transmission Fluid?

One of the telltale signs that your car needs transmission fluid is irregular shifting or hesitation when changing gears. You might notice a delay in acceleration or a noticeable jerk when shifting. These symptoms often indicate low transmission fluid levels, which can lead to serious transmission damage if not addressed promptly.

2. What Happens if You Don't Change Transmission Fluid?

Neglecting to change transmission fluid can result in various issues, including decreased performance, overheating, and even transmission failure. Over time, old fluid becomes contaminated with debris and loses its lubricating properties, leading to increased friction and wear on transmission components. Ultimately, this can result in costly repairs or the need for a full transmission replacement.

3. What Happens When You Run Out of Transmission Fluid?

Running out of transmission fluid is a serious problem that can cause severe damage to your transmission. Without fluid to lubricate and cool the transmission, friction increases, leading to overheating and potential component failure. If you suspect your car is low on transmission fluid, it's essential to check and refill it immediately to prevent further damage.

4. How Do I Know if I Need New Transmission Fluid?

Several signs indicate that your car may need new transmission fluid, including:

  • Discolored or burnt-smelling fluid
  • Difficulty shifting gears
  • Unusual noises, such as whining or grinding
  • Fluid leaks (red or brown) underneath the vehicle
  • Transmission starts slipping
  • Check engine light illuminated

If you notice any of these symptoms, it's crucial to have your transmission fluid checked and replaced if necessary to avoid more significant issues down the line.

You can learn more about the signs of low transmission fluid by reading this blog.

Understanding the importance of transmission fluid and knowing how to troubleshoot common issues can save you from costly repairs and keep your car running smoothly. If you're experiencing any transmission-related issues or have concerns about your transmission fluid, don't hesitate to schedule an inspection with our team at Graham Auto Repair. Our expert technicians will ensure your transmission is in top condition, providing you with peace of mind on the road.

Why Choose Graham Auto Repair in Graham WA and Yelm WA

Some Benefits of Having Your Vehicles Serviced at Graham Auto Repair

  • We use only the highest quality parts and materials.
  • We offer a lifetime warranty on most parts and labor.
  • We complete a digital vehicle inspection with every service.
  • We take photos & videos of the inspection to share with you via text or email.
  • Our advisors partner with you to keep your fleet in its best working condition.
  • We have a comfortable waiting room with TV, a coffee bar with snacks, free Wi-Fi & kids’ play area.
  • We offer a courtesy shuttle for our local customers. We will pick you up & drop you off, before and after services.
  • Want to drop off your vehicle before or after hours? No problem! We have a drop-box for your convenience.

Contact us today to discuss your vehicle's specific needs. Allow us to partner with you in keeping your vehicles running smoothly and efficiently.

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