How to Tell

Outside of the engine, the transmission plays the most important role in the performance of your vehicle. It’s because of this major system that you’re able to quickly shift gears and control the RPMs. Drivers rely on it to properly control their vehicle, but that becomes difficult when the system is experiencing problems. In those situations, it’s important to recognize the signs and bring your vehicle in for service, as this allows you to get ahead of a problem before it worsens.

Think there are some issues with your vehicle’s transmission system? Reggie’s Motorworks is here to help. Before and during your next drive, make sure you look out for these classic signs of transmission trouble!

Leaking Fluid

Unlike motor oil, transmission fluid is never consumed. If you notice that the fluid has dropped in level, that’s a surefire sign that the transmission system is leaking. There are numerous causes for the system to start leaking, including a worn gasket, damaged bell housing, blown gasket, and more! You will need professional help to properly determine and fix the problem, so we recommend a service with us at your first convenience!

Bad Fluid

Along with the level of the transmission fluid, you want to check its quality as well. Like motor oil, the fluid can begin to deteriorate over time and may need to be changed. You’ll know if it needs to be changed if the fluid takes on a brownish color and has a burnt smell to it, the opposite of its traditionally pinkish color and sweet/ tart smell. If you notice that the fluid needs changing, schedule a fluid change or flush with our team! There are a variety of transmission fluids to choose from, and our team will help you pick the best one for your vehicle!

Abnormal Movement

When you switch from one gear to another, it should always be a smooth transition. The system was built for that, and anything other than that indicates a problem. If you suspect problems, pay attention to any signs of hitching, stalling, or rough transitions, as these are all signs of a failing transmission. Automatic users will notice this when switching from “Park” to “Drive” and vice versa, while manual users will notice whenever they switch gears in general. Not only does this reduce the quality of your drives, but it also makes them dangerous sochedule a service with us as soon as possible!

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Check Engine Lights: Explained

Has a new warning indicator on your vehicle’s dashboard sent you into a panic? We’ve all been there. It’s hard not to be concerned when something might be wrong with your car! Check engine lights indicate a range of potential problems, from something as simple as a loose gas gap to serious engine failures, so it can be hard to tell exactly what’s going on and how to react. We recommend checking a few simple triggers and then contacting a mechanic.

Check engine lights are one of the more confusing dashboard indicators. Aside from an illuminated engine symbol or “service engine soon” label, it doesn’t tell you much about what’s going on under the hood. Serious repairs might be needed and there’s only way sure way to find out. If the light doesn’t go off after checking and securing the gas cap, you’ll likely need a professional code reader to decipher this message from your vehicle. Keep in mind that warning lights are an early alert from your vehicle to get things checked out as soon as possible. You don’t need to pull over immediately and call for a tow, but you don’t want to ignore the light, either. Unaddressed lights could lead to serious engine problems.

Code Readers

A vehicle’s onboard computer diagnostics system monitors critical electrical systems and when it finds a problem, it triggers the yellow warning indicator. Professional technicians use diagnostic equipment and electronic scan tools to read the “trouble code” of a check engine light to identify a general cause. Do-it-yourselfers can find scan tools for at-home, but it’s likely that a technician will need to take a closer look after the code’s suggestion to correctly diagnose the exact issue. Components in the engine can be very complicated and nobody wants to risk further damages with mistakes and inaccurate repairs!

If your check engine light comes on, don’t panic! Stress won’t fix anything. Get the answers and advice you need with a certified professional. They will check the health of your vehicle and let you know whether emergency repairs are needed or if you have time to return at another convenient time. If your check engine light is blinking, pull over immediately. Your engine might be misfiring and at risk of serious damage.

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