Keeping Your Car Clean

I still remember the day that I bought my first car. I thought it was the most perfect vehicle in the world, and I vowed to care for it diligently. Unfortunately, within a few days I had forgotten about my promise, and I started tossing fast food wrappers in the back like everyone else. After awhile I realized that neglecting my car was turning the inside into a garbage pit, and I decided to learn how to take better care of my vehicle. I took a class on auto detailing, and it really helped me to turn things around. I want to teach you what I learned, so you should read this blog.

What to Do If Your Transmission Starts Grinding or Banging When Putting It in Gear


The transmission in your car or truck may begin to make noise as it ages. Often this is related to wear inside the transmission, and in most cases, it can be fixed if you take the vehicle to a transmission repair shop for a complete diagnosis. 

Automatic Transmissions

When an automatic transmission starts to make noise or shift inappropriately, it is often related to fluid pressure in the system. If the transmission fluid level drops too low, the filter is clogged, or the pump is not putting out enough pressure, the transmission can begin to function erratically.

The solution is to take the vehicle to a transmission repair shop and have the technician check the system for you. While there are some parts that you can change to try and fix the issue, it can be expensive to start replacing parts in the hope that you get the right one to resolve the problem. 

If the system pressure is low, it will not force the clutches and planetary gears inside the transmission to move when they should, and there is no way for you to see that from outside the case. The technician will need to do a full inspection of the transmission to determine where the problem is and how much it will cost to repair. 

Manual Transmissions

Shifting problems are among the most common complaint with an aging manual transmission, and many of those are related to the clutch condition in the vehicle. As the clutch starts to wear, it becomes harder for it to release completely, and shifting from one gear to the next can become a problem. 

One clue that the clutch is wearing is noise coming from the bell housing or the transmission area. Chattering that goes away when you lightly put your foot on the clutch pedal can indicate a worn throwout bearing or worn clutch friction plate. You may also hear noise coming from the pressure plate if any of the springs are weak or the fingers on the plate are bent. 

The simplest way to determine the problem is to take the vehicle to a transmission repair shop so the tech can open the inspection cover and check the clutch components. If the clutch is damaged or worn, the transmission repair shop can replace it for you, but it requires pulling the transmission back to make room for the work.

The job can take a few days to complete and often starts around five hundred dollars but could go higher for complicated repairs. If the clutch is not the problem, the transmission will need to come out of the vehicle and be inspected for damage inside the case, which involves disassembly. 


26 August 2021