The connection between the wheels and engine of your car is the transmission. It controls the engine speed in relation to the speed at which your car is travelling. In addition, it enables your car to start from a standstill. The work of the transmission is achieved through gears that range from two to nine, depending on the type. A higher number of gears will ensure that the engine operates at more efficient speeds.
Manual transmission allows you as the driver to select the gear for your transmission. Slipping can occur in this type of transmission because of a worn out clutch.
Automatic transmission varies in operation from manual transmission. In automatic transmission, gears are selected via a computer or mechanical system. This involves fluid pressure and devices like valves, motors and servos. Gears are held in a stationary position through the use of bands and clutches. The same components enable them to move so that different gear ratios can be achieved. They are made from durable materials to function effectively and over long periods of time.
Wear and tear occurs because of controlling the power, and with time the bands and clutches require replacement. If you drive your car harshly, these components will have a shorter lifespan. With time, the effects of wear and tear will render the shifts less efficient and slipping will occur as higher revving will not automatically cause the gears to change.
Transmission slipping can also be caused by old transmission fluid or lower levels of it. This results in insufficient pressure being applied to the components concerned with gear shifting. Opening and closing of valves will not take place as required. As such the bands and clutches will not always engage the gear.
Prior to removing the transmission from your car, you should first check the transmission fluid. You can do so by checking the level and condition of the fluid. A majority of the transmissions have a dipstick that allows you to check. It is recommended that you check the fluid when the engine is cold. Start the engine first on level ground. Check the fluid against the mark that indicates â€˜coldâ€™ on the stick. Try to replace the transmission fluid first if it smells like it has been burnt or looks discoloured. Even brown colour is a sign that it needs replacing. However, if the transmission fluid is below the minimum level just top it up so that the transmission has the recommended amount of fluid.
Once transmission slipping occurs, you can remove the transmission from the car and disassemble it to checkÂ there is no problem related to the transmission fluid. On doing so, you should replace all the components related to transmission. Fortunately, they are affordable and it would make sense to replace these components.
Having knowledge of such information will enable you to figure out exactly what is wrong with your transmission when it starts slipping. Start with the basics before you consider removing the transmission from your car. It may only be a minor problem.