Transmission Tips

It is important to maintain your transmission in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations to ensure safe and driveline system to ensure safe and reliable operation of the vehicle. It is important to the overall maintenance of your vehicle to ensure your transmission is reliable to prevent future problems that may occur. Visit a Wilson Transmission near you for all your transmission maintenance and repair needs. Book your free multi-check inspection and road test today!

Tip #1 – Inspect the level and condition of fluid

Make sure you inspect the level and condition of your transmission fluid and change fluids in accordance with manufacturers’ maintenance schedules to prevent wear and damage. Ensure the car is in park and running while you check. Pull the transmission dipstick out and check the fluid to ensure that it is red and does not have an unpleasant odor. Transmission fluid is transparent red in color when in good condition. If the fluid is cloudy, muddy brown, or black and/or it smells burnt, you should have the vehicle checked out as soon as possible. Note; (there are a variety of transmission fluid types. Make sure the proper fluid is used to ensure proper operation of your vehicle. The use of the wrong fluid will lead to early internal parts failure.)

Tip #2 – Be aware of any unusual noises

To catch a problem with your transmission before it causes major damage, you should always be aware of any unusual behavior, noises or vibrations from your vehicle and have them checked right away.

Tip #3 – Inspect for leaks

Inspect beneath your car for leaks. The transmission fluid is reddish in color and you should be able to spot it clearly if there is a leak. If you notice a leak, visit a Wilson Transmission dealer as soon as possible. If the fluid level goes below the recommended levels, you are at risk of serious transmission damage.

Tip #4 – Spot the warning signs

If you experience any of the following contact a Wilson Transmission specialist near you;

  • The engine sounds like it’s running, but the vehicle doesn’t move
  • You hear unusual noises when the vehicle shifts during acceleration
  • You can’t get your vehicle to move when in reverse
  • The vehicle is overheating
  • You’ve noticed a reddish fluid under your vehicle
  • Your transmission hesitates
  • Standard transmission is noisy or hard to shift

Tip #5 – Worn clutch causes shudder

If your automatic transmission has trouble shifting gears or is slipping between gear changes you might have a transmission problem. If you are experiencing trouble shifting your manual transmission or the shift is difficult or delayed or if your clutch seems to be slipping, you may require a transmission service.

If your manual transmission shudders when you shift, if you really have to work to change gears, or if you hear noise when you shift, it’s time to visit us.

Ask about our 24 month, 40,000KM clutch warranty. Our install comes with a full two-year 40,000 Kilometer warranty. That’s a lot of protection…

Tip #6 – Two dipsticks under your car’s hood

There are two dipsticks under your car’s hood, one for your oil, one for your transmission fluid. Familiarize yourself with the locations so you can check both while you or your service provider is under the hood.

Tip #7 – Preventive maintenance

Your transmission’s vital parts get clogged with sludge and varnish deposits…just like the oil in your car’s engine. Transmission fluid suffers from heat, friction and electrochemical degradation. In fact, nearly nine out of ten transmission failures are due to overheating and fluid contamination.

Preventive maintenance every 24,000 – 36,000 kilometers is the key to insuring a longer life span of your transmission. Take care of your car so that your car can take care of you and allow you to arrive to your destination safely.

Tip #8 – Extreme conditions can affect the life expectancy

Extreme conditions, hot or cold weather, frequent long trips and off road driving can affect the life expectancy of your transmission. Overhauling is a major contributing factor in transmission fluid breakdown. Bring your vehicle in for our Free road test and Multi-Check to keep it running smoothly all year long and inquire about a transmission cooler for your vehicle. Towing can be a cause of transmission fluid overheating. You may require extra fluid cooling capacity if your vehicle regularly pulls a heavy load.