All systems in your engine are important — but some are more important than others. The transmission is one of the most critical components of your whole car. As suggested by its name, it transmits energy from the engine to the wheels. Without it, those wheels just won’t turn. And you’re going nowhere.
Transmissions wear and tear.
Transmissions are complicated; keeping them in good working order requires maintenance of mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, and computer systems. When these parts work in tandem, your engine hums along, but if any one of them fails, then your transmission can, too.
Unfortunately, the demands of the modern road can wear transmissions down. They can overheat in stop-and-go traffic. They depend on fluid that can burn off in particularly high temperatures. All this stress can cause toxic buildup, which reduces your transmission’s efficiency and shortens its life span.
Chapel Hill Tire has some transmission tips.
As a car owner, you should regularly inspect your car for visible problems. If you see a leak on the ground in your parking space, you should take your car in for service — it may be the transmission fluid. Same goes if your transmission fluid gets low, so make sure to check your fluid levels, just like you check your oil. You can make some modifications to the way you drive, too; stop your vehicle fully before shifting into reverse or park, and always hold the brakes down when you’re shifting out of park.
If you are having transmission trouble, come in to Chapel Hill Tire right away. How will you know when you need to? Look for these common signs:
- The smell of burning fluid
- Leaking fluid
- Trouble shifting gears
- Trouble getting the car out of park
- Bumping sounds when the car is in neutral
- Spontaneous gear shifts
- Grinding gears
- The “check engine” light is on
Whether or not you’re having transmission problems, you should take your car in for an occasional check-up. Preventive maintenance services, like a transmission flush, can help keep your transmission in peak condition.
When you take your car to Chapel Hill Tire, we’ll perform a full workup on your transmission. We check your fluids as a regular part of other packages, like oil changes, but we can also do a transmission inspection to diagnose any problems you may be encountering. Come on in for:
- Fluid change
- Fluid Consultation
- Diagnostic and repair
New customers, remember: you get $20 off their first Chapel Hill Tire service. Get your gears in line for less!
You’ll also have more peace of mind when you’re making those big repairs — Chapel Hill Tire offers a 3 year/36,000 mile service warranty (three times as long as dealership)!
Tuning up your transmission can be a big decision. At Chapel Hill Tire, we aim to make it easier.