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 everyone notices, 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.

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