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Car Fix FAQ: Top-5 Auto Transmission Repair Questions Answered

You’ve got questions about auto transmission repair, and your local TIRECRAFT has the answers. Read on as we address your top-5 auto transmission repair queries, or contact your local TIRECRAFT for a free quote.

When Should I Check The Transmission Fluid?

Most experts recommend checking transmission fluid regularly, at least once per month. However, you should also check the transmission fluid at the first sign of any trouble (e.g. grinding or clunking sounds, sticking shifting, or delays when changing gears).

How Do I Check The Transmission Fluid?

If you drive an automatic, checking the transmission fluid is easy. With the engine running and warm, pop the hood and locate the transmission dipstick handle (usually found towards the rear of an in-line engine on vehicles with rear-wheel drive). Now pull out the dipstick and check the fluid by hand. Rub a little between your thumb and finger, making sure there’s no tactile grit, then check that the fluid looks pinkish and almost clear. If it looks or smells burnt, or you can see or feel particles floating in the fluid, you’ll need to drain and change your transmission fluid.

Before you finish, wipe the dipstick clean, reinsert it, then pull it out again, making sure it reaches the “Full” line. If it doesn’t, contact your local TIRECRAFT for help identifying the right type of transmission fluid.

What Are The Signs That Auto Transmission Repair Is Needed?

Watch out for the following signs of auto transmission trouble:

  • Slipping—Does it feel like your vehicle is trying to change gears on its own? It’s time to book an auto transmission repair.
  • Sticky shifting—Do you have a hard time shifting into other gears? Does your vehicle occasionally refuse to change gears altogether? Book an auto transmission repair ASAP.
  • Delayed shifting—Do you ever notice a delay after shifting your vehicle from park to drive? If so, contact the TIRECRAFT nearest you.
  • Grinding or clunking sounds—These sounds may be caused by low transmission fluid or chipped/cracked gears. In either case, you need to book an auto transmission repair service.
  • Leaking transmission fluid—Your transmission fluid should never leak! Do not take your car back on the road until you’ve completed an auto transmission repair.

How Often Should I Book Auto Transmission Repair/Maintenance?

The TIRECRAFT maintenance schedule recommends auto transmission repair/maintenance service every 40,000km or 24 months of driving—whichever comes first.

Why Shouldn’t I Attempt A DIY Auto Transmission Repair?

  • Lack of specialty tools. Auto transmission repair typically calls for complex tools that home garages lack—impact wrenches and pliers just won’t do! While it’s possible to invest in specialty tools for auto transmission repair, it’s much more economical to leave it to the pros.
  • Risk of damage to other components. Auto transmission repair isn’t beginner-friendly, often requiring the removal of other engine components. More often than not, amateur mechanics cause further damage simply trying to access their auto transmission, which makes the final repair even more difficult and expensive.
  • Risk of voiding your drive-train warranty. If your vehicle is still under warranty, amateur auto transmission repair attempts could cost you coverage.

Book An Auto Transmission Repair At Your Local TIRECRAFT

Use the Find a TIRECRAFT tool to get a free quote on auto transmission repair from one of our 220+ locations across the country.

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