Transmission Troubles: 3 Parts That Are Prone To Damage


Most drivers don't pay attention to their car's transmission system until there's a problem. And when that problem arises, it's usually something major, like the transmission slipping or grinding gears.

However, did you know that several parts of the transmission system are prone to damage? This article highlights three of them.

Torque Converter

The torque converter converts the engine's torque into hydraulic power using a series of transmission fluid-filled discs that rotate at different speeds. This hydraulic power is then used to turn the transmission gears.

Over time, the discs inside the converter can become damaged or worn down, which reduces the transmission's efficiency. You're likely to notice issues such as transmission slipping or gears grinding against each other when this happens. If you ignore the problem, it will only worsen, eventually leading to transmission failure.

If you think your torque converter might be damaged, take your car to a transmission repair service for an inspection. Depending on what they find, they may recommend a transmission flush or a torque converter replacement to fix the issue.

Transmission Filter

The transmission filter's job is to keep the transmission fluid clean. It's usually made of paper or cloth and is located inside the transmission pan.

Over time, the filter can become clogged with dirt and debris, which prevents transmission fluid from flowing freely. This obstruction can cause several transmission problems, such as wearing out of the gears and transmission fluid leaks. The transmission fluid lubricates and cools the transmission system, so when it can't do its job, transmission components start to overheat and break down.

Usually, a failing transmission system is a huge risk, especially if you drive a lot on busy roads. Once you notice anything unusual, ask a transmission repair expert to perform a diagnostic test to verify if the filter is the problem.

Clutch Packs

Clutch packs are an important part of the transmission system, as they're essential for engaging and disengaging the transmission gears. There are several clutch packs in transmission, and each one is made up of a series of clutch discs.

Over time, the clutch discs can become worn down or damaged, which prevents them from gripping the gears correctly. This issue is caused by transmission fluid leaks or low transmission fluid levels.

When the clutch packs don't work as they should, you'll notice transmission slipping or gears grinding. In other words, you'll notice that the transmission cannot engage the correct gear. You'll also hear a grinding noise as the engine revs without the car moving.

Reach out to a transmission repair specialist to narrow down on any issues you might have with your vehicle's transmission system. The quicker you can get the issue fixed, the safer you'll be since most transmission problems only get worse with time.   


11 May 2022

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