Transmissions are the part of
a car that makes them work. It's connected to the engine and it makes sure that
the engine and wheels work in sync with each other. Through the transmission,
the power is transferred from the engine to the wheels to make them work. The
transmission is needed to keep everything balanced as the engine has its
own revolutions per minute (RPM).
A car's transmission differs
in location and design depending on if the car is a front wheel or a rear wheel
drive. In a rear wheel drive car, the transmission extends from the back of the
engine towards the rear wheels and connects to the drive shaft which is hooked
up to the rear axle. For
transmission service in Bowie, MD,
schedule a service appointment today with our Service Department.
For a front wheel drive car,
the transmission is called a transaxle. It is directly attached to the front
axle and hooks around the engine on the driver's side. The planetary gear set
in the transmission allows the gears to change the car from drive and reverse.
There is also torque converter which allows
the engine to continue running while the car isn't moving. It consists of the
pump, the stator and the turbine.
When a car is moving,
transmission fluid moves from the pump to the turbine and then from the turbine
to the stator. If the fluid entering the turbine slows, the stator will stop
until the turbine picks back up. Computers are part of a transmission now as
well. Sensors in the transmission monitor everything that goes on in your car
and use it to take care of the gear shifting process. Some transmission
failure signs are where there are lights on, no acceleration, there are issues
with shifting, there are leaks, clunking sounds or there are smells being
emitted from where it is located.
If the transmission has
failed, the car will not accelerate. No acceleration is usually the first sign
but by this time the transmission
will need to be replaced as it is too far gone. To learn more about common transmission problems, read our page Transmission Problems You Can't Ignore.
Depending on your car, if you
check the engine or transmission lights, a failing transmission will trigger
sensors that will activate these lights.
If the transmission is
failing, the car will not switch into different gears. In most cases, there
isn't much you can do but watch the car remain still.
Transmission fluid looks
similar to red syrup. If you have fluid leakage, it will be pouring out of the
transmission and there will most likely be smoke.
When switching into certain
gears, a failing transmission will make a "clunk" sound. The clunk sound
may be followed by the car shaking or rattling as well.
A burning smell is often a
sign of a failing transmission. If the transmission fluid has drained, you will
smell it even more.
It is best to prevent
transmission failure by having a technician check and change your transmission
fluid when possible, change filters regularly, and watch for fluid
leaks. Make sure you listen and check your car often so you can catch a
problem before it starts. You can have a transmission fluid flush to help prevent
failure. Some services to repair your transmission are a transmission
fluid flush, which is where all the old, dirty and contaminated fluid is
replaced by new, cleaner fluid; your
transmission may need to be replaced, you may need gears cleaned or replaced, or
you may need a new pressure plate. It is best to have a professional look at
your car. It is also best to have a professional repair your car.
Need transmission services? Callor visit Nissan of Bowie in Bowie, MD today!