12 Dec The Fall Season is the Reason for Transmission Maintenance
Whether it’s the chill of winter thickening the fluids, or the heat of summer giving your coolant a run for its money, every season presents unique challenges for your vehicle.
Fall is no exception. With all the fun summer road trips you were (hopefully) able to take, it may be time for a little TLC for your vehicle, and especially transmission maintenance.
Taking a Load Off the Transmission
Some say B.C. is the best place in Canada for outdoor adventures, and anyone who has loaded the boat onto a trailer to hit the water knows this to be true. The province has firm restrictions on the weight of trailers that can be towed by those who hold a Class 5 or Class 7 licence, but those limits may differ from the recommended maximum towing weight listed by the manufacturer.
Even if you follow the rules to the letter, the hills and valleys that make this area so beautiful also make towing thousands of kilograms of weight very hard on your vehicle. The transmission may be particularly taxed after a long summer of towing heavy loads.
Signs of Troubled Transmissions
While some automotive problems can come on without warning, a vehicle’s transmission usually gives some early warning signs. You will be alerted to some transmission problems by the following symptoms:
If the car seems to be taking a long time to switch gears, especially when you’re going up or downhill, there might be a problem. If these slow shifts are accompanied by a louder-than-usual hum or buzzing sound, transmission trouble is almost guaranteed.
Nobody likes to see a mystery fluid leaking on the garage floor, but transmission fluid is especially alarming because of its tell-tale red colour. If the fluid smells a little sweet, you have caught the problem early and may only need a simple fix. However, if it smells a little burnt, it’s time to get to the repair shop as soon as possible.
As a matter of fact, any burning smell coming from your car should be investigated right away. It could simply be a need for a fluid top-up, but it could also signal something much more serious, and it will only get worse with time.
Check Engine Light
The “Check Engine” light is the bane of every car owner’s existence. It always comes on at the most inopportune time, like when you’re far from home on a long road trip, and it’s just vague enough to be terrifying.
Rest assured; this light comes on for a whole host of reasons, many of which are relatively innocuous. However, it is one indicator that you should never ignore. A quick visit to a technician who can use diagnostic tools to identify the specific problem can go a long way towards putting your mind, and your wallet, at ease.
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!
The transmission gives savvy car owners some warning signals, but the before we head into the long winter ahead, a trip to the shop this fall can help avoid a more costly repair down the road. After a long summer of fun, take the time to investigate and address any signs transmission trouble now, before you’re left out in the cold!
Kelowna-based Motor Werke specializes in expert service for European automobile brands, such as BMW, VW, Mini, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi, Land Rover, Jaguar, Ferrari, Maserati, Bentley and Lamborghini.