Recommended Car Maintenance and Repair
Check the Transmission Fluid
There are many variables that influence how to properly check a car or truck’s transmission fluid. It depends on the make and model of the vehicle, as well as, other more specific factors. For example, in most cases it is instructed to leave the car engine on while checking the transmission fluid; however, if you are driving a Honda, the engine needs to be turned off. In a Dodge, the car needs to be in neutral while applying the emergency brake. With all the different rules and elements that apply to each make and model, it is strongly suggested to have a professional car repair and maintenance shop take a look for you. Most auto repair shops are willing to check car and truck fluids for free, so be sure to take advantage of this when it comes to changing fluids in your ride.
Detecting Transmission Fluid Leaks
Transmission fluid repair technicians advise drivers to have their car or truck looked at professionally because it can be difficult determining where a leak originated from in a car or truck. The technicians will start an inspection to find the source of the leak. Often times, this type of inspection is accompanied with a small fee, usually around $75 or so; however, if you have the leak repaired at the same place it was inspected, the fee is typically waived. When an auto mechanic technician facilitates an inspection to seek out a transmission leak, they will check everything from the cooler lines to the differential cover. Somewhere in between they will typically find the leak and can assess its severity.
Driving with a Transmission Leak
Many people on the road have transmission leaks and don’t even know it. These minor leaks can go un-noticed to an amateur eye. This does not mean that it is safe to drive with a transmission leak or any other car fluid leak. Minor leaks typically do not impose an immediate danger when it comes to driving, but they will most certainly lead to more severe damages to other car parts. Corrosion and deterioration will occur to pumps, seals, and more. These damages are costly and can be avoided by having a transmission fluid leak repaired right away.
A common question regarding transmissions is about rebuilds. Rebuilding transmissions is a costly repair that can be avoided prematurely through regular service, maintenance, and care. However, there always comes a time in a car or truck’s life when the transmission needs rebuilding or replacing. A few telltale signs that a transmission is on its last leg are as follows: if the gear is slipping in and out, if the engine is revving high when the vehicle is moving moderately or slow, if it will not go in reverse, and many more. If any of these are happening when driving your truck or car, call a professional auto repair company in your area, and have it inspected right away.
Carmel Auto RepairFor more information on transmission service, repair, maintenance, and inspections, call Autohaus Dierolf in Carmel, IN today. We are licensed and insured European auto repair specialists that have been serving Hoosiers for over 40 years! Call us at 317-571-0800 for free estimates, DIY advice, and guidance on Foreign and European car repair in Carmel, Indiana.