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Your Auto Transmission: Signs, Symptoms and Tips for Taking Care of Your Transmission

Last updated 7 years ago

Have you heard strange noises coming from your car recently? Regularly check your auto transmission for any signs and symptoms that could be related to Transmission problems.  A-1 Auto Tech in Mountain View can perform all of the tests, maintenance, and repairs you need to keep your transmission working properly. 


Signs & Symptoms of Transmission Problems

  • Leaking fluid
  • Check engine light
  • Grinding feel from your Car
  • Shaking from your car
  • Strange noises such as humming, whining, clunking
  • Lack of response


Tips for Taking care of Your Transmission

Problems with your car’s transmission can lead to dangerous situations and necessary repairs. The best way to avoid damaging your transmission is by keeping it maintained and cared for at all times. Here are a few tips on how you can make sure your transmission stays in good shape:


Check Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid levels should be checked regularly to ensure that the levels are not too low and that the fluid is in good condition. Letting your car run low on transmission fluid can cause the transmission to shift improperly — or not at all. Driving without enough transmission fluid can lead to transmission problems and repairs. Unfortunately, you may not hear any noises or have other clues that your transmission is low on fluid, until it's too late. Therefore, it's important to get it checked.

  • Manual: Most manufacturers recommend that manual transmission fluid be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Under heavy-duty use, some manufacturers suggest changing transmission fluid every 15,000 miles.
  • Automatic: Service intervals for an automatic transmission vary, it is best to seek a qualified mechanic when dealing with automatic transmission fluids as they are all different.

Maintain Cooling System

Make sure that your car’s cooling system is working properly. Overheating can cause serious damage to both your engine and transmission.

Be Aware of How Your Car Drives

If your car suddenly seems to have less power or begins to make strange noises, that could be a sign of transmission problems. Don’t continue driving a car with transmission problems, as this can cause even more damage.

Don’t Overload Your Car

Heavy loads make your vehicle work harder, which can lead to overheating. 

When your car overheats, you reduce the operational life of your transmission.

Change Gears Carefully

Be careful not to skip gears or shift improperly when driving a car with a manual transmission. Also, be sure to switch gear ranges between drive and reverse only when the vehicle has come to a complete stop.


The friendly and helpful experts at A-1 Auto Tech in Mountain View can perform all of the tests, maintenance, and repairs you need to keep your transmission working properly. Go to our website or call (650) 265-4085 today for more information about our products and services.


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