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Chambersburg, PA
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Detecting issues in your car's transmission can be tricky, especially if you know nothing about it. This post can help you identify some clear indicators of transmission issues.

How to Detect Transmission Issues

An average driver who doesn't have too much knowledge on the inner-workings of their car may have no idea what to look out for when trying to detect a transmission issue. Unfortunately, neglecting the transmission, even if it's not on purpose, can lead to serious and very expensive car troubles. Knowing what to look out for is a great first step that will help you be more alert and ready for whatever your car throws your way.

What Does Your Transmission Do?

The transmission is a pretty important part in your car because it's in charge of controlling the amount of power that goes from your engine to the driveshaft. If this means nothing to you, think of it this way: your transmission is what ensures that the correct amount of power goes to your wheels at the speed you're driving at. It's also what's behind smooth gear changes whether your car is automatic or standard. Since this part has to deal with tons of friction and heat, it tends to suffer a lot of wear and tear over time. If it's not maintained well, it can develop serious issues that are pricey and inconvenient. Regular maintenance is a must, but so is knowing how to detect common transmission issues.

Noisy While in Neutral

While your car is in neutral, there is no real strain on your transmission, so there shouldn't be much noise if any coming from it. If you do hear some noise coming from your transmission, this may only mean that you're running low on transmission fluid or that your fluid needs to be changed. Either way, this isn't very hard or expensive to take care of. If, however, you change the transmission fluid or top it off and it's still noisy, get it checked. It may need new parts to keep it going strong.

Slipping out of Gear

Ideally, your car should stay in the gear that you put it in until you change it. If your car is slipping in and out of gear without you touching it, this is not a good sign. Apart from indicating that there is an issue in your transmission. This can also be very dangerous while you're driving. Don't ignore this problem and get it inspected the first time that it happens to prevent the problem from growing.

Whining and Clunking

Describing what sounds to listen out for can be a bit tricky, so the most important thing here is to listen out for new sounds you've never heard coming from your transmission. Whether it's a humming, buzzing, or whining, if it's new, get it checked. If you notice the new sounds while changing gears, head over to your mechanic as soon as you can to get your transmission checked out. Keep your transmission in great shape by with the help of AMSOIL's quality transmission fluids, like their Signature Series Fuel-Efficient Synthetic Automatic Transmission FluidYour car will also benefit from regular synthetic oil changes in Chambersburg, PA. Contact Cerberus Systems, Inc. at (717) 658-1256 for the personalized service you need. You can also stop by their online store for even more products your car will love.

Grinding or Shaking

If your car is suddenly shaking, jerking, or making grinding sounds, these can indicate that there's a problem with the gears in your transmission. If along with these noises you also notice that it takes a bit to wiggle into gear, there is definitely trouble in your transmission. You may also notice that shifting into further gears will cause more shaking, which can actually be quite alarming. Don't ignore these troubles, and get this fixed as soon as possible.

Transmission Fluid Leaks

Any fluid leak in a car is a bad sign which can lead to significant road troubles. Allowing your transmission fluid to leak can lead to a significant loss of fluid which will leave your transmission exposed to damages. Since this fluid works to lubricate the parts working in your transmission while also keeping things clean and the seals conditioned, not enough of this fluid can cause your engine to seize. Look out for a red fluid that is also clear and smells slightly sweet. Get the leaked fixed as soon as possible and top off your fluid to prevent further issues.

Synthetic Oil Change in Chambersburg, PA

For all of your car's needs, check out AMSOIL's full range of products, ranging from synthetic oil to garage accessories. If you have any questions about AMSOIL's products, feel free to contact Cerberus Systems, Inc. at (717) 658-1256.

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