We’ve all been in a position where our vehicle is making a weird noise, it’s overheating, or just simply running rough. These are usually signs that something is seriously wrong, and needs to be corrected before further damage is done. If your vehicle is making strange noises or emitting burning odors, then you may need a powertrain repair. General Transmission is here to help.
What is your powertrain?
Powertrain refers to the necessary mechanical components that enable your vehicle to move. This includes the transmission, but not the engine of the vehicle. Without the powertrain your vehicle would become inoperable. Knowing that the powertrain controls whether or not your vehicle will run properly, if at all, it’s critical that you get regular maintenance and services done to your powertrain.
Common Problems Caused by a Bad Powertrain
The powertrain ensures functionality of your vehicle and when there is a problem among one of its components you are likely to be in need of a trip to the shop. It’s important to acknowledge the signs that your powertrain is malfunctioning so that you can avoid having to get your transmission repaired or even replaced. Here are some signs that you may be experiencing a faulty powertrain:
- Trouble shifting gears – If you’re having difficulty shifting gears, then your transmission most likely needs repair. Trouble shifting gears is caused by worn down gears that need to be replaced, or due to low levels of transmission fluid.
- Strange and unsettling noises – If you begin to hear clicking or high pitched whining noises coming from your vehicle, your transmission fluid may be low or in need of changing. If you’re experiencing these noises and your transmission fluids are normal then the noises may be caused by a defective torque converter.
- Burning Odors – If your vehicle emits odors of burning material, you are likely experiencing your transmission overheating. This is commonly caused by bad transmission fluid and it will need to be changed.
What To Do If You Notice your Powertrain Transmission is Experiencing Problems
Because the powertrain transmission is so critical to the life of your vehicle, it’s important to know what to do if you begin experiencing complications.
In order to keep things running smoothly, you’ll need to:
- Identify the source of the problem. Check for leaks, unusual noises, and unfamiliar odors. If you notice any difficulty shifting gears or you hear a screeching or whining noise, this could be an indication that your transmission is in need of repairs.
- Check the transmission fluid. If your transmission fluid is low or dirty, then you may experience issues with the powertrain. Keep transmission fluids at adequate levels, and make sure the fluid hasn’t been contaminated by dirt or grease.
- Take your vehicle in to the shop. The best thing to do for your vehicle is to leave it with the experts. If you’ve already done all that you can to prevent problems from occurring and still come across complications, then it’s best to take your vehicle to a repair shop where further diagnosis can be done to efficiently repair your vehicle.
What a Powertrain Repair Transmission Service Includes
Like the engine, transmissions require regular maintenance and servicing in order to ensure that no problems arise later down the road. Regular transmission services should be done between every 100,000 to 150,000 miles. The most common service is replacing the transmission fluid. Doing this will save you time and money from having to bring your vehicle back in to have repairs made or save you from having the entire transmission rebuilt or replaced. Transmission fluid is normally a dark translucent red color. If you notice the color change to a brown or black shade, you need to have the fluid changed.
During a transmission fluid replacement, the current fluids will be completely drained into a pan. Next, the mechanic will inspect the vehicle for damages to pans, filters, etc. If there are any faults with these, they will be either replaced or repaired. Once the inspection is finished and all repairs have been made, the pan will be reinstalled and new transmission fluid will be added. Depending on the type of vehicle, a transmission fluid replacement can cost anywhere between $60 and $250.
This simple routine service can be the difference between a fully functioning vehicle and a vehicle that needs a complete transmission rebuild or replacement. This can be very expensive and very inconvenient, which is why we highly recommend getting regular maintenance services.
Call General Transmission to have your vehicle inspected
If you’re experiencing complications such as difficulty shifting gears, unusual or strange noises and smells, or bad transmission fluid, then give the powertrain experts at General Transmission a call. We specialize in transmission and powertrain repair and replacements and want to ensure that your vehicle is working the best it can for you.