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Common Signs of Transmission Problems

There will come a time where you will begin to experience transmission problems. Without a working transmission, it looks as like you won’t be driving anywhere anytime soon. Unfortunately, there are a lot of problems that can arise with your transmission. Especially if you have been driving for at least a few years now. A faulty transmission is one of the most expensive repairs on the market. It is for this reason you need to pay attention to the following symptoms to ensure your vehicle doesn’t fall victim to transmission problems.

Burning Smell

When it comes to your vehicle, the last thing you want to smell is something burning. There are many things that could be wrong with your vehicle, but the most like culprit is the overheating of transmission fluid. If this happens to you, make sure to get it taken care of right away before the problem worsens.

Leaking Fluid

Leaking fluids are one of the more obvious signs of a problem. The only problem will be pinpointing where the actual leak is. You can figure that out by simply placing a piece of cardboard under your vehicle to find out where it is stemming from. When you take it to the mechanic, make sure to let them know exactly where the leak is coming from.

Grinding Gears

A manual and automatic transmission issue will arise differently from each other. When it comes to a manual transmission, once you change gears you will feel a sense of grinding and sticking of the clutch. On the other hand, with an automatic car you will notice more of a rough shift when your vehicle automatically shifts to the next gear. When either of these occur, it is best to get it checked out right away.

Loud in Neutral

If you hear a bumping noise while driving, it isn’t necessarily a problem. Now, if your vehicle is making those same noises but in neutral, that can be a sign of a problem. Don’t fret too much though, this problem can usually be fixed with a simple replacement of your transmission fluid.

Identifying these problems may save you cash down the road, so don’t let them get out of hand. If you are in need of a transmission repair service, look no further than our team at H.W. Automotive Inc.

Signs You Need Your Car’s Air Conditioner Repaired

We are finally into the fall season, but in many parts of the country including our own, we still have to put in with hot temperatures and humid conditions well past that, making it seem like the summer goes on forever.

During these periods, we tend to crank the air conditioning units in our cars to finally get some relief. But what happens when you turn the knob, flip the switch, or do whatever is needed to turn your car’s AC on, and the cool air never comes?

This is certainly one of those features in a vehicle we take for granted until it no longer works (aside from, you know, the brakes). With that in mind, we’re going to look at a few of the telltale signs that your air conditioner no longer works, including the obvious ones!

No Air Conditioning

Hey, we said we were even going to address even the obvious ones, and this is prime candidate number 1! When you sit down inside your vehicle and turn the air conditioner on but don’t feel any air coming out of the vents, there’s most likely a problem with your HVAC.

There are a few different reasons for this being the case, including not having any refrigerant left in the system, damaged cooling fans, or maybe you like to leave the windows down and a bunch of leaves clogged everything up. Whatever the case may be, this is an issue that tends to be quite easily diagnosable by a mechanic!

You Are Only Getting Hot Air

Another quite obvious symptom of a busted air conditioning unit is when you’re no longer getting a nice breeze of cold air from the vents, only warm or hot air! Much like when there isn’t any air blowing in your face, it could be down with needing new refrigerant to get the system running like it used to.

Sometimes you can tell what the problem is just by looking at it, but we still recommend having an expert take a look just to make sure you’re not dealing with an underlying issue.

Water Leaking From the Unit

Perhaps you’re getting a cool, crisp breeze coming out of the vents, but after driving for a little while, you start to notice water draining out from the bottom of your vehicle. While this can be considered perfectly normal (the reason for which we’ll get to in a second), if it starts to stain the inside of your ride, that’s when the red flag should start waving.

After all, your air conditioner does more than simply blow air – it is also designed to dehumidify the inside of your car by pulling out any moisture from the cabin and draining it outside, just like we talked about.

However, water stains inside the cabin indicate the drain or hose connected with the system has become clogged for some reason causing all that water to back up. This is yet another warning sign that you need to have your system checked by a professional!

Strange Smells

Now we get to the last example of a malfunctioning air conditioner, but also one that is potentially the most dangerous. When you turn on your AC, you should never have to deal with unpleasant smells. Be that as it may, if you notice a foul odor blowing from your vents (and not from passenger), this could be coming from mold growing inside your air conditioning unit. This is a type of situation you need to deal with immediately since the existence of mold can cause some serious health concerns including respiratory problems.

Regardless of whatever problem your air conditioner may be dealing with, it’s vital that you are able to enjoy a smooth, comfortable ride no matter the reason or the season. So when you need to have your system serviced or repaired, be sure to take it to an experienced professional who is equipped to handle any of the problems your car is facing immediately!

The Most Common Transmission Problems

A transmission is one of the most important parts of a vehicle. This complex mechanical system is designed to direct any power from your engine into the driveshaft which helps turn the wheels. As a result, any problems that are inflicting its performance, including excessive wear and tear, can cause some serious drivability issues up to the point of making it inoperable.

By following proper preventative maintenance protocols, you can ensure the longevity of your transmission while avoiding any costly repairs. However, whenever you transmission does have any problems, it’s a good idea to be able to recognize what you could be dealing with. In this article, we’ll run down two of the most common transmission problems that can happen if it isn’t well-maintained.

Low Transmission Fluid or Leaks

Low transmission fluid levels or leaks are easily the most common type of problems this component can experience. Automotive Transmission Fluid, or ATF, helps lubricate, clean, and conditions the hydraulics. If it gets too low or is completely empty, your engine will start to seize up and stop working in its entirety.

Leaks also happen to be one of the most recognizable symptoms. The fluid itself normally has a bright red color, so if you discover this liquid deposited in your driveway, you just need someone to patch up the holes. If it has a dark red color or has a burnt smell (usually through overheating fluid), you will need to have your transmission fluid changed or flushed with the strong possibility of further repairs.

The way to check your transmission fluid level is the same as oil. Take your car for a drive for a few minutes in order to warm it up and then take a look under the hood to read the dipstick (with the vehicle on even ground). For those with a manual transmission, there should be a transmission case through the fill plug.

Unlike oil, transmission fluid is not consumed by your car, so you should be able to tell quite clearly if there is a leak somewhere. If it will be a while before you can get it fixed, top off the fluid until you have your vehicle serviced so your engine can still do its job. Also, make sure you follow your owner’s manual so you don’t overfill, which can create even bigger issues.

Check Engine Light

This is clearly the best indicator that something is about to go wrong with your transmission or it has already happened. While this light could illustrate another problem, you should always take this light seriously. Your vehicle has a number of sensors located throughout the engine to alert the system if it starts to recognize any causes for concern. It can even pick up any jerkiness or vibrations you may not have felt yourself.

When that check engine light appears, take your vehicle in for an inspection as soon as possible. Through the shop’s diagnostic tools, they can find out what is going on to fix the problem immediately. Don’t delay as it could be warning you of a more serious problem.

Bottom line, if you start to hear a whining or grinding noise coming from your transmission, this could be the result of a mechanical issue. This is why it’s so important to have your transmission go through regularly-scheduled maintenance to ensure its operation while avoiding expensive repairs. That goes double if you start to hear any unusual noises or a slipping or dragging clutch.

You will be able to save money in the long run by bringing your vehicle in for repairs. In the meantime, by keeping yourself informed about the common transmission problems, you can also avoid being overcharged for a simple service.

Have any questions or concerns regarding your vehicle’s transmission? We would love to read your thoughts and inquiries in the comments below!

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