Auto Tips from a Classic Car Lover

Purchased An Old Used Car? 2 Problems To Watch Out For With The Automatic Transmission

Purchasing an older car can save you a lot of money. You do, however, have to watch out for problems, becuase components will start to degrade as a car ages. One of these components is the automatic transmission. If this has problems, getting the transmission repaired quickly may save you from having to replace it. Also, knowing whether to replace or repair the transmission is important. To help you, below are two problems you should watch out for when it comes to the transmission in your car.

Problem With Needle Bearings

If there is a problem with the needle bearings in your transmission, this is an easy repair. The needle bearings are important, as their job is to reduce the amount of friction inside the transmission. These needle bearings also control the endplay in the shaft.

The needle bearings are encased in a cylinder and are secured together using a special type of grease. Because grease is the only thing that holds the bearings together, over time the grease deteriorates, and when this happens the bearings start to fall.

If your transmission is having problems with the needle bearings, you will hear a brushing or grinding noise while driving your car. It is important that you take your car in to a transmission shop for repairs, because your transmission can be seriously damaged if these bearings are not replaced.

Problem With Transmission Fluid Leaking

Another problem with automatic transmissions is fluid leaks. This is also an easy repair but is something that should be done quickly, because the transmission fluid lubricates all parts within the transmission and helps cool the engine.

If your car is low on transmission fluid, you will notice your car shifts much slower or that your gears slip easily. You will also notice fluid underneath the car. Originally transmission fluid is a clear red color. Over time, however, this color will become dark and look burnt.

You should replace the gasket seals to repair this problem. Once the gasket seals are replaced, put new transmission fluid in the car. There are different types of transmission fluids available, so make sure you purchase the right type for your car. Refer to the owner's manual if you are unsure. Also, check the coolant in the radiator, as old transmission fluid may contaminate the coolant fluid.

Take your car to a transmission specialist if you think you are having a problem. The mechanic can determine what is wrong with the automatic transmission and repair the problem for you. If the transmission is very old, however, the mechanic may suggest it be replaced.