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The Car Transmission's Fluid and Filter

Many car owners are under the impression that every Indianapolis car repair shop is out to rip them off with fixing imaginary problems and then charging an obscene amount for the service. Whether or not you are one of these car owners, it would be highly beneficial to read about common problems so that you have a little knowledge in your back pocket about what could be wrong with your car. You may not know how to fix the problem, but identifying it is half of the battle.

The first step is to look under the hood of the car. It can be a pretty scary place for novices, mainly because there is so much going on under there that it can be confusing to know what is what. Knowing what is under the hood will help you to recognize when something is out of place.

The most common problem with a car is the transmission. One of the primary signs that something is wrong with the transmission is hearing a strange noise coming from that area. Strange noises are your car's way of telling you that something is not functioning properly, and it is often the first sign that something is amiss. Rather than turning up the music and ignoring the problem, it is a smarter idea to have it taken care of. Even if the noise is tolerable, if the problem goes untreated, it can fester in to something that is much more serious, which is, inevitably, far more costly.

There are a few main components of your transmission that you should look at when it is giving you trouble: the bell housing, the gears, the fluid, and the filter.

Knowing the basics will give you the upper hand in pinpointing the source of the problem. When looking for a possible problem with your transmission, answer these questions:

  • Is your fluid level correct?
  • Is your transmission leaking?
  • Is your filter clogged?
  • Is it time to rebuild the transmission?

The first three questions lead to minor fixes; whereas, the last question-whether or not it is time to rebuild the transmission-will lead to a major upgrade. Knowing the answers to these questions will make for an easier conversation with the Indianapolis transmission repair specialist. Knowing more about the transmission will allow you to know exactly what is going on and what the specialist should be fixing, allowing you for more peace of mind.



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