How to Avoid Expensive Transmission Failures

Posted by on Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

An automatic transmission is like any other component in your vehicle. They have a limited life span that can be shortened by a number of problems. Most people don’t think twice about their transmissions until they stop working.  There are things to look for and things you can do to prevent premature problems and expensive transmission failures.  Let take a look at some of the most commons problems.

Leaking Automatic Transmission

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Leaking Transmission. This one should be pretty obvious. When a transmission is leaking fluid the fluid has to go somewhere and it usually ends up on the ground under your vehicle. It’s usually red or green in color and is pretty easy to spot. Common leak areas are the front pump seal, the rear seal and the transmission pan gasket. The pan gasket and rear seals are a pretty quick and easy fixes. The front pump seal requires that the transmission be removed from the vehicle before it can be replaces. Leaking transmission fluid means the fluid level in the transmission is likely lower than factory required minimums. Running a transmission low on fluid can lead to all sorts of problems, from the transmission not shifting correctly to total failure of the transmission.

Overheating transmission


Transmission overheating. Most automatic transmissions are designed to run at a maximum of 200 degrees. For every 20 degrees over 200 the life expectancy is cut by a factor of 2. So at 220 degrees the transmission life is cut in half, at 240 its cut to a quarter, at 260 its cut to 1/8 and life expectancy continues to go downhill from there. Overheating can be caused by low fluid levels or pushing the transmission harder than it was designed for. Typical overheating problems can be traced back to towing heavy loads. Most vehicles do not have a transmission temperature gauge so it can be very hard to tell if your transmission is overheating. I recommend that you put an aftermarket temperature gauge in your vehicle if you plan on doing any towing with it.

Transmission scheduled maintenance. Lack of transmission maintenance is right up there with overheating a transmission as the number 1 and 2 reasons for transmission failure. As young adults we are all taught the importance of changing engine oil, but rarely do our parents or mentors mention changing transmission fluid. The same can be said for rear end fluid in rear drive vehicles. I recommend that the fluid be changed every 50,000 miles or sooner. Same goes for the transmission filter in vehicles that have an easily replaced filter. I also recommend you get in the habit of checking transmission fluid levels on a bi-monthly basis. It’s very easy to do and in most cases will not take more than 30 seconds to change.

Transmission failure



In this economy, many Americans are out of work, and people are cutting back on expenses. We are keeping our older vehicles on the road longer, instead of purchasing that new car. Proper maintenance will extend the life of your transmission, and save you a lot of money and down time.  These failures are easily preventable and will extend the life of your transmission. I recommend you get up from your computer right now and give your transmission a quick check!

 I highly recommend you replace your customer’s transmission with a re-manufactured transmission. A remanufactured unit will include major alterations and upgrades designed to make them both stronger and more durable. A re-manufactured transmission will also include a much better warranty; three years compared to an average 90 days for a rebuilt transmission. As a bonus, in the rare event that a re-manufactured transmission fails within the warranty period, they will cover your R&R cost to replace your customer’s transmission. And remember, the companies that re-manufacture transmissions are very easy contact. They are just a quick phone call or email away from helping you out.

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