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One of the most difficult adjustments I had to make after my divorce was learning how to maintain and repair my own vehicle. That was one thing that my husband had always taken care of for me. Since the divorce, I have learned quite a bit about maintaining a car myself. I have picked up a few tidbits of information that has helped me avoid being overcharged for simple things that I can quickly do myself - like jump-starting my dead battery and changing a flat tire. If you need to learn how to independently maintain your vehicle for the first time, take a moment and visit my site.

Signs Your Transmission Needs To Be Repaired

The transmission of your vehicle is responsible for delivering the right amount of power to your wheels, controlling the speed and direction your wheels turn. It allows your vehicle to change gears, and can be either a manual or automatic transmission. Your vehicle will show signs that the transmission needs to be repaired when there is trouble with acceleration, or changing gears. When your vehicle is not providing you a smooth ride, the issue can be with the transmission. When you find a fluid leak below your vehicle that is pink or red in color, this is likely transmission fluid. If you suspect a transmission problem, bring your vehicle in to a transmission shop right away.

Your Transmission Doesn't Engage Immediately

When you put your car into reverse, or change gears, the vehicle should move right away as long as your foot is off the brake. If there is a delay in the forward or backward movement, your transmission is likely the issue. Delayed engagement is common as your transmission gets older, or when the transmission doesn't have enough fluid. 

You Can't Get Up to Speed

Your vehicle should transition smoothly as you move up in gears and get your vehicle up to speed. If you are on the highway and your vehicle is struggling to accelerate, the transmission probably needs to be repaired. Exhaust system problems or issues with your catalytic converter can also cause problems with your vehicle's ability to accelerate.

Your Vehicle is Hard to Get Into Gear

It's easy to put your vehicle into drive or park, as long as the transmission is working properly. Once your transmission needs to be repaired, it can be hard to move the gear shift into place to engage your engine. 

The transmission of your vehicle can last the lifetime of your car, especially when you pay attention to signs that there is transmission trouble. Get your vehicle serviced when there are changes to how your vehicle is running. If your transmission warning light goes on, it should be taken immediately to a transmission shop for repair. The lifespan of your transmission can be anywhere from 10,000 - 200,0000 miles, a wide span impacted by maintenance, driving habits, and the make of your transmission. When your vehicle is not making smooth transitions as it changes gears, or there is a delayed reaction when changing gears, it's time to bring your vehicle in to a place like AC Transmission Centers North for service.