Did you know that most of your engine parts are directly or indirectly connected to your transmission?
Those parts are in continuous motion, rubbing, heating up with other components of your car. With so many parts in your transmission module, and with constant friction, wear and tear, and heat formation, your transmission sees more bad days than other parts.
If you drive an automatic transmission, you might even wonder what would happen if your gearbox went for a toss?
There are many questions and answers that we’re waiting for. So, let’s get started and explore the ways in which your transmission can truly get damaged and be irreplaceable!
6 Ways Your Transmission Can Get Damaged
1. Overheating Your Engine
Did you know that most transmissions are designed to work below 200 degrees of heat. Any amount of heat above that lowers the lifespan of the transmission by a great factor of 3 or 4.
Let’s do some math here, if you keep overheating your vehicle like 250 to 300 degrees, you’re surely going to end up reducing its lifespan 32 times than its normal condition.
Also, at such higher temperatures, the transmission fluid is unable to lubricate the several moving parts of your transmission, as it starts turning to varnish.
2. Accelerating Before Engine Warms Up
We are all in a big rush, right? All we want to do is ‘pedal to the metal,’ ha ha ha ... that's actually the name of a song … you can search for it ..
But anyway, my concern here is that we forget to mind the small things that are very crucial in the morning. Like warming the engine until the fluid is evenly circulated in the engine!
When we sit in our car first thing in the morning, the fluid has completely sat down throughout the night. Also, it’s not at the right temperature!
So, give it a few minutes and it will give you much better performance and service.
3. Worn Clutch
It is a very common problem faced by many who prefer manual transmission over an automatic. The clutch can get into serious problem due to mechanical wear and tear.
The hydraulic fluid might leak for some reason from the master cylinder, or mistakenly by somebody if the driver tends to press the clutch repeatedly and shifting through the gears without releasing the clutch.
Such driver pattern can burn down the manual transmission unit and result in a clutch replacement!
4. Improper Transmission Fluid
Your transmission unit is generally sealed and never lets any fluid leaks out. If you’ve still noticed any leak spots on your driveway or your parking spot, then first lay down the cardboard under your car at the front and center to determine if the fluid is still leaking!
With low fluid in your transmission unit, if you still take your car out to drive, you’re looking at a broken transmission unit for sure!
So, when your fluid level is low, the internal parts of your transmission unit start grinding and heating up, hence it all leads to failure.
In the case of automatic transmission, the vehicle needs the fluid to put hydraulic pressure that actually powers the transmission.
Without the right amount of clean fluid, it leads to overheating and crucial gears can slip out. So, in the case of automatic transmission - total vehicle failure is possible.
5. Stopping Abruptly
As we saw up that accelerating suddenly without letting the engine stop can be harmful, similarly stopping suddenly doesn equal damage to the drivetrain components like transmission mounts.
If your driving pattern involves braking abruptly, please have your mounts checked!
6. Knowing What To Do When You Don’t
If you think that applying counter additives to stop leaks or make the transmission shift smoother is going to work, think again!
Such chemicals can sometimes cause worn seals to swell badly. It can as well ruin the working of the rubber parts and lead to damage.
It’s always the right choice to find an auto repair service station in Doylestown whenever you’re having engine problems or if your transmission fluid is leaking or even worse when you have no idea what’s happened to your car.
In such times, call A&G Customs at 215 669 307