Auto Maintenance Introduction: Tips For Beginners
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Auto Maintenance Introduction: Tips For Beginners

I grew up around cars my entire life and could turn a wrench around the same time I learned to walk. As a result, I've learned a lot about car maintenance, repair, and mechanics. I also learned that a lot of people don't have that level of understanding, so I wanted to share my skills and my knowledge with others. I've created this site to help teach people how to maintain their own cars safely so that they don't risk disaster on the road. I hope the information here helps you to take better care of your car and maybe make fewer trips to the local auto repair shop.

Auto Maintenance Introduction: Tips For Beginners

3 Great Ways To Determine If Your Vehicle Is Having Transmission Problems

Marc Vasquez

It is important that you know how to take care of your vehicle transmission. Taking care of your vehicle's transmission will help keep your vehicle running smoothly and on the road. Here are three great ways to determine if your vehicle is having transmission problems:

#1 Your Gears Are Slipping

First, your gears should stay in place when you shift your vehicle from one gear to the next or when your vehicle automatically shifts on its own. Your gears should not pop out of place when you are driving. If your gear pops out of place when you are driving, that means that your gears are slipping.

This is a very dangerous situation as it can cause you to accelerate and deaccelerate when you are not planning to, which can create scary driving situations. When you are driving fast, your vehicle can suddenly slip into a lower gear, which will cause your engine to stall. When you are driving slow and your gear slips into a higher gear, your car may lurch forward.

#2 Loud Noises & Shaking In Neutral

Second, pay attention to how your vehicle sounds when you put the vehicle into neutral. When your vehicle is having transmission issues, it is common for the vehicle to make loud noises and even shake when your transmission is set to neutral. These are not normal sounds and are a sign that something is wrong with your transmission.

Sometimes, this issue can be solved by topping off your transmission fluid or by flushing and replacing the transmission fluid in your vehicle. If this does not resolve the loud noises and shaking sound in your transmission, the issue with your transmission may be more mechanically based. If you still hear the sounds after you top off your transmission fluid, it is best to get the transmission inspected by a mechanic to figure out what is the real issue with your transmission.

#3 Burning Smell

Finally, if you notice a burning smell when you are driving or right after you get out of your vehicle, the transmission fluid may be running low. When your transmission fluid gets low and there is not enough fluid to properly lubricate the parts of your engine, a faint burning smell can be produced by your vehicle. If you smell that, you need to top off your transmission fluid. You also need your transmission fluid lines checked to see if you have a leak in your line anywhere that is causing you to lose transmission fluid at a faster rate than you should. 

Contact a company like Vonkattengell Transmission Service for more information and assistance.