A vehicle's transmission is a remarkable piece of technology that is essential to its overall performance.
When this highly technical section of the drive train system does not operate as designed, the vehicle often loses power, produces a burning smell, suffers reduced fuel efficiency, or generates clunking and humming sounds. If your vehicle has any of these problems or if your check engine light is illuminated, there is a good chance that you need transmission service repair.
If there is an issue with your transmission, a technician can perform a computer diagnostic to find out if there is a problem in the control system. Or, they can identify the electrical component that needs to be replaced.
The malfunction might be due to a sensor instead of a mechanical problem. In other instances, the transmission fluid might need to be changed and flushed.
If necessary, having your transmission flushed can help get your car back to running as intended. A transmission flush is essentially a process that helps push out grime and sludge that has accumulated in the transmission. First, the old oil is removed. Then, new oil and sometimes cleaning solutions are run through it to help remove the unwanted debris. Finally, the transmission is filled back up with new oil.
This is a big step to take, but ultimately, if your transmission is full of dirt and debris, this may be the best and only way to fix it.
Technicians will follow the guidelines recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer when performing the transmission fluid exchange, and if necessary, change the transmission filter as well. The worst case scenario is that the transmission will need to be replaced or totally rebuilt.
You should always have a technician change your transmission fluid at regular intervals and avoid overheating.
Adhering to your manufacturer's recommended transmission service schedule will allow your vehicle to function as designed. Call or visit your local Meineke Car Care Center for effective, expert transmission service at an affordable cost.