Once you know what you are looking for, it is easy to pinpoint various car transmission problems you may be facing. It is even easy to know how to prevent them, but what if you already have a problem? Well, fixing them is easy too! In rare cases the fix is easy and can be done at home, but other times you need someone will very detailed understanding of transmission systems in order to come up with a solution. Here are three common problems, and their solutions.
- When You Have Transmission Fluid Problems
First things first, you should check the fluid levels. If they are low, then that is usually the sign of a transmission leak. This is one fix that, if you feel comfortable doing it yourself, you can. The leak can be coming from any number of places, including the transmission fluid pan, the transmission gasket, damaged or loose cooler line, a loose oil filter tube, or a damaged o-ring. To fix these yourself, first be sure to read up on what needs to be done, and buy any necessary replacement parts. Be sure to take your time if you are new to DIY car repairs. But, if you would feel more comfortable, then take it to a professional to do it for you.
- Fixing a Torque Converter Problem
When it comes to the torque converter, you are probably better off taking your car to a professional to get the problem looked at and fixed. Usually damage to a torque converter can be extremely costly to fix. So costly, that it is actually cheaper to replace it entirely rather than trying to fix an existing one. But, it can be hard to know just how much damage your torque converter has sustained when you are not sure exactly what the signs all are. You are safest, in this case, taking the car to a transmission specialist who can examine the converter to determine exactly how damaged it is and if it is still worth fixing it, or if it just should be replaced all together.
- Damage to the Solenoid System
The solenoid system is part of the torque converter. Luckily, however, if you can fully determine that the solenoid system is the problem, you do not have to replace the entire torque converter. With the solenoid system, it is a matter of determining the right replacement part and having it replaced. Usually, this is a quick job for mechanics, but can take longer should the entire solenoid valve have to be removed in order to replace the damaged portion.
The solutions are not hard to come by when it comes to fixing your transmission. It is just important to remember that some jobs are better left to professionals. So, anything beyond fixing a fluid problem may be out of your hands. Be sure to do your research on mechanics, so you can know you are hiring someone who is familiar with transmissions in your make and model. The more familiar they are with the system, the easier the job will be for them.