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What's Wrong with My Transmission?

It’s not just mechanics who should know about how a transmission works. If you have some insight as to what’s supposed to be going on, then you might have some idea of what’s going wrong. Transmission problems in San Jose strike for countless reasons, but there are a few that show up more than others. Low fluid puts a strain on your vehicle that may cause it to overheat, and clogged filters will suffocate your transmission. Before you find that your car won’t move at all, read ahead and see what could be wrong with your transmission.

Low Fluid Levels

When everything is going well, your transmission fluid level should stay the same. If it looks like you’ve been losing fluid every time you check, you might have a leak to address. Leaks are especially threatening because of how harmful low fluid can be for your vehicle. Your transmission won’t function the way it should if it’s running low on lubrication, which makes it tough to shift gears and can lead to overheating. Overheating only makes the problem worse, as it burns up the fluid that’s left and adds to the problem. Check the radiator, selector shaft, and space between the transmission and engine for leaks.

Clogged Filter

A clogged filter might not seem like a big deal, but it can greatly diminish your transmission’s performance. Your filters need to be replaced on occasion, and if you don’t know how to do it yourself, play it safe and bring your car into the repair shop. A clean filter keeps your fluid pure. This makes it easier for your transmission to breathe, which means problems are less likely to develop and you get to save your money.

No Movement

If you can’t get your car to start at all, this could also be a transmission problem, so take notice before it gets to this point. You might need a complete transmission rebuild or replacement if yours is broken down. The only way to tell for sure is to ask your mechanic to look at it.

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