Too Busy To See A Manual Transmission Specialist? Try This Temporary Repair Tip


If your car makes funny or strange sounds every time you shift gears, there may be something wrong with your manual transmission. But if your busy work schedule keeps you from seeing a transmission specialist right away, you may wonder if there's anything you can do to improve your car's performance temporarily. You can! Here's what you can do after work that may improve the performance of your manual transmission temporarily.

Lubricate Your Transmission and Gears

A manual transmission can go bad for a number of reasons, including normal wear and tear. Worn transmissions can make the gears dry out and stick, or they can make them drag when you try to accelerate. Your car may make loud thunking noises when you attempt to shift gears. The car may also sound as if it's whining when you accelerate.

To help your transmission work better, lubricate the parts inside them with a synthetic transmission fluid that meets all of your car's needs instead of a regular transmission fluid. Synthetic fluid may address all of the transmission's problems. For example, if your car's gears stick when it's very hot outside or when your engine heats up too much, synthetic fluids reduce the strain on your transmission by cooling it down. The products may also work against hard-starting if your transmission has problems in cold weather conditions.

In addition, most synthetic fluids contain additives that protect your car's gears from rust and corrosion. If rust corrodes the metal inside your transmission, clutch or gearbox, you may need to replace one or more parts. Because all three parts work together to power, accelerate and move your car, it's important to keep all three in good condition.

Empty and Fill the Transmission Fluid

It's a good idea that you cool down the car and remove the old transmission fluid before adding the new fluid. The old fluid may contain pieces of rust and other contaminants that can keep the new fluid from working properly. Also, hot fluids can splash in your face or on your arms and burn you. 

To do the job, you'll need an oil pan, ratchet set, 4-5 quarts of synthetic transmission fluid, and one large transmission fluid pump. Place 2 quarts of synthetic transmission fluid inside the pump at a time to make it easier to handle. 

Now, follow the tips below:

  1. Park the car on a flat surface, such as a concrete driveway.
  2. Raise the front of the car on two strong jacks, then look for two separate plugs under the transmission. The drain plug is larger than the fill plug. If you can't determine which plug is the drain plug, look through your car's owner's manual for help.
  3. Place the oil pan beneath the plug to catch the fluids, then remove the plug with your ratchet tool.
  4. Allow the fluids to drain out completely, then replace the plug.
  5. Remove the fill plug, then fill the reservoir with the new transmission fluid. Refill the pump with the other quarts of transmission fluid when it becomes empty.
  6. Cover the fill reservoir with the plug, then tighten it with the ratchet tool.

Remove the jacks, then start your car. Let the car run for about 10 minutes to help the new transmission fluid circulate through the part. After the 10 minutes are up, take the car for a test drive. If the car still makes strange noises when you shift gears, park the car in a cool place and let it rest. 

As soon as you get a break from work, take the car to a transmission specialist, such as those at American Transmission Center, for a diagnostic check. The diagnostic check will tell the technician exactly what's wrong with the transmission so that they can repair it correctly.


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