Transmission problems can be caused by low fluid levels, poor fluid consistency, or by debris in the system and a transmission is one of the most costly components to repair or replace. At Automotive Techniques we can show how to you detect transmission problems early on so we can correct any minor problem before it causes costly damage.


Warning Signs


  • Delay or refusal to shift into gear
  • Burning odour
  • Grinding or shaking when shifting into gear
  • Whining or clunking noises
  • Fluid leakage under vehicle
  • Check Engine light on


Proper Maintenance Prevents Expensive Repairs


Here are some maintenance tips that will help to prevent transmission problems before they start.


  • Have your our technician check and change transmission fluid in accordance with the maintenance schedule recommended by your car’s manufacturer. Low or dirty fluid increases wear on components, and over time the fluid becomes contaminated. The proper amount of clean fluid extends the life of your transmission.
  • Change filters regularly. A dirty or clogged filter will restrict the flow of fluid and can cause erratic shifting, damaging components.
  • Watch for fluid leaks. If you see reddish transmission fluid beneath your car, you may have a leak somewhere. Ignoring it could seriously damage your transmission.
  • If you have a manual transmission, get to know your clutch’s “feel”. If you detect a change, such as shuddering or less resistance, contact the Speedy transmission service nearest you for an inspection to identify and resolve the issue.
  • Check your owner’s manual to find out how often you should have a transmission service inspection. Automotive Techniques service professionals can help you keep your car’s transmission system – manual or automatic – in the best shape possible.


Transmission Fluid Flush


If you want to know why a transmission fluid flush is useful, it’s important to know what transmission fluid is and does. Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) is a complex type of oil used to ensure the safe and proper functioning of the transmission system. It lubricates gears and other moving parts, inhibits rust, and contains anti-oxidation and anti-wear additives, detergents and other performance-enhancing additives. It is also a coolant that keeps your vehicle’s vital transmission functioning properly. Since it must be clean to do this, it’s important to schedule regular transmission fluid flushes.


Manual transmissions use a different type of oil to lubricate the gears, but one that also protects  against oxidation and corrosion. The best type for your manual transmission varies depending on your vehicle’s manufacturer, so check your owner’s manual for the appropriate type to use in a transmission fluid flush.


Transmission fluid breaks down over time and can damage your transmission. A proper transmission fluid flush removes all the old fluid instead of simply topping up the dirty, contaminated fluid. To keep your transmission clean and functioning at its best, have a transmission fluid flush performed by a licensed technician at regular intervals.


Manufacturers typically recommend a transmission fluid flush every 50,000 kilometers or so in order to prolong the life of your transmission. Don’t wait until the fluid has turned dark or your shifting is erratic; by then your transmission could be damaged.