Automatic Transmission Servicing
Ongoing maintenance and servicing is a must for both manual and automatic transmission vehicles. However, because they are significantly more complex than their manual counterparts, automatic transmissions typically require more servicing and care.
Provided that a driver knows how to operate a manual transmission vehicle properly, the clutch, transmission and gearbox should all stay in good shape for a long time. Automatic transmissions, because they are responsible for shifting gears on their own, have extra components (such as a torque converter) to handle the more work-intensive tasks. As a result, automatic transmissions are more likely to need complex, professional servicing—whereas manual transmissions are easier to maintain with simple transmission fluid changes.
The Signs of an Automatic Transmission Problem
When an automatic transmission vehicle is working properly, all the driver has to do is put the car in drive and push the accelerator. The car handles the rest, shifting the gears and controlling how much power is being directed towards the wheels.
The basic idea with any transmission is that it has to direct power to the wheels to make the car move. At low speeds, the transmission needs to send quite a lot of power to the wheels, because the car is getting moving from a solitary position. As the car speeds up, momentum and kinetic energy are doing a lot of the work, which means that the engine doesn’t have to work as hard or expend as much fuel to keep the wheels spinning. When the transmission is in a higher gear, in other words, it is directing less power to the wheels because they don’t need as much to spin. In essence, the transmission is the key to your car running as efficiently as possible.
When there is something wrong with an automatic transmission, the car can’t shift gears efficiently. You might notice that what used to be a smooth transition to a new gear has become jarring or shaky, or that the car struggles to go into gear at all and keeps running on a lower gear when it should shift into a higher one. Both of these problems are major concerns, as they can indicate that your vehicle is working harder than it should to keep the wheels spinning. Transmission problems can hurt the engine and drastically lower a car’s fuel economy.
Even if your transmission isn’t having obvious problems shifting gears, there can still be other signs of a problem. Issues with the transmission are a common reason for the ‘Check Engine’ light to come on. Problems with an automatic transmission are also often accompanied by leaking fluids or irregular humming or buzzing sounds.
Bring Your Car to Mazpro for an Automatic Transmission Service
Automatic transmissions are complex structures, built from an array of gears, clutches, bands, pumps, hydraulics and fluid. As a result, these systems aren’t easy to maintain at home and problems with them can be difficult to diagnose on your own. Bring your car to Mazpro instead, and let us take a look at your transmission. We will determine the root cause of the problem and present you with options for replacement or repair. If you believe there is a problem with your transmission, call us on 03 9762 8899.