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Your Guide to Japanese Transmission Repair

Your vehicle’s transmission is probably the most complex component of your vehicle’s drivetrain. Due to the specialized nature of transmission repair, the cost may be higher than other types of repairs. Therefore, you must follow your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule to avoid costly transmission repairs. This article will examine common transmission problems and what you can do to keep your car out of the shop.

What Causes Transmission Problems?

Several factors can lead to transmission problems, such as low fluid levels, a clogged filter, overheating, and worn gears. However, transmission fluid leaks are the most common cause of transmission problems. The fluid inside your vehicle’s transmission lubricates internal parts and helps keep the transmission cool. Therefore, do not ignore any signs of leaking fluid, and keep up with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule.  

How to Recognize Transmission Problems

While it can be difficult to stop transmission problems right away, some common things could indicate transmission issues. Slipping, signs of leaks, and unusual noises are the main symptoms of transmission problems you should look for. Slipping is when your transmission can not engage the engine correctly–the result being a loss of power. Problems with your vehicle’s onboard computer can also cause poor transmission performance. In addition, be aware of any grinding sounds as these can indicate worn gears or other problems.

When Do I Need to See a Professional?

It can be tempting to ignore the signs of transmission problems because of the fear that you might get handed an expensive repair bill. Don’t panic; bring your vehicle in when you first notice signs of trouble. Something as simple as reprogramming your vehicle’s onboard computer may help solve poor shift patterns, which, if left unattended, can lead to costly repairs in the future. This can save you from more expensive repairs or total transmission replacement. Unless you are a particularly astute DIY mechanic, it’s best to leave transmission repair to the pros. Your vehicle’s transmission is very complex and delicate, so make sure you find the right professional that can perform the work on your car.

While the thought of transmission problems can be scary, it’s essential not to ignore the first signs of trouble. If you notice signs of fluid leaks, rough shifting, slipping, or unusual noise, see your professional ASAP. Your vehicle’s transmission should give you years of trouble-free use with regular maintenance and preventative care.

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