FAQ: Automotive Transmissions

FAQ: Automotive Transmissions


Unless you're an automotive enthusiast, you might not take much time to stop and think about how your transmission works. But as you drive to work and back each day, your transmission is working hard to reliably transport you from place to place. Because your transmission is such an integral aspect of your vehicle, it's worth gaining some knowledge about it. Here's a look at some of the frequently asked questions about transmissions.

What is an automotive transmission?

In short, your transmission consists of a number of parts that work together to transfer power from your engine to your driving axle. Important components of the transmission include gears, shafts, and torque converters. As your vehicle gains or reduces speed, your transmission's gears shift accordingly. In an automatic transmission, the shifting is done by the vehicle. In a manual transmission, the shifting is done by the driver.

What are signs of transmission trouble?

Common signs of transmission trouble include popping out of gear, leaking transmission fluid, and herky-jerky shifting. Because transmission issues can quickly worsen, they should be addressed as soon as possible. By acting quickly, you can potentially save yourself from needing much more expensive repairs.

How often should transmission fluid be changed?

Recommendations for a transmission fluid exchange range from 30,000 to 50,000 miles and sometimes longer. This will depend on the specifications for your particular vehicle, which can be found in your owner's manual. Driving with the right amount of clean transmission fluid helps to ensure that contaminants don't cause problems such as gear slippage.

Why is transmission fluid red?

Transmission fluid's bright color helps you figure out how healthy the fluid---and your transmission---is. When fluid is bright red or pink, it means it's in like-new condition and will keep your transmission running smoothly. As its color fades, or turns darker, it means that you need a transmission fluid change, or perhaps transmission repair. If transmission fluid is dark brown or black, then there is a significant problem that needs to be addressed.

How do I check transmission fluid?

Transmission fluid commonly needs to be checked with the vehicle still running. This is because transmission fluid tends to contract as it cools, which can give an inaccurate reading on how much fluid you're actually operating with. If your transmission fluid dipstick has fluid all the way up to the indicator line, then you're driving with a full fluid level.

If your transmission has failed and you need a replacement, be sure to order from a reputable supplier. For rebuilt transmissions in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and throughout the U.S., contact the experts at Total Transmission Supply at (855) 907-0390. Feel free to give Total Transmission Supply a call today to ask about our stock of professionally rebuilt transmissions!


Total Transmission Supply Blog
Posted: March 8, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ