At Escondido German Auto, we service and repair transmissions all day long, but we understand that many of our customers may not be as familiar with auto repair as we are. To help you understand when your vehicle may need service and what to look for if your transmission needs repairs, let’s take a look at the transmission itself and what it does for your vehicle.
At its most basic, a transmission governs the power that is sent from your vehicle’s engine to the wheels at different speeds. To do this, it shifts between lower and higher gears to allow the vehicle to move smoothly and easily. At lower speeds, the engine needs to be in a lower gear to move the vehicle. At higher speeds, it needs to be in a higher gear to avoid revving the engine too high.
In a manual transmission car, the transmission works a lot like the gear shifter on a bicycle. While it physically changes which gear the engine is in, the driver actually has to do the shifting. When the driver depresses the clutch pedal, the clutch disengages the engine from the transmission, allowing you to shift to the appropriate gear for your vehicle’s speed.
If you are like most people today, you drive an automatic transmission vehicle, which means that you may not notice immediately if you need transmission service. However, while it will automatically shift between gears for you without the aid of a manual clutch or shifter, your transmission will still govern how much power is delivered to your vehicle’s wheels at different speeds.
If your transmission is not functioning properly, it could be due to a number of factors, including low transmission fluid, a problem with your vehicle’s PCM (powertrain control module), or some other problem with the transmission. If you notice anything abnormal with your vehicle’s shifting or any noise from the transmission, you should bring your vehicle in for transmission service immediately.