Transmission repairThere are many things that can lead to a damaged transmission. There may be a failing component inside the system, such as the torque converter, valves or solenoids. There could be transmission fluid issues, such as low fluid or old/contaminated fluid. Transmission damage could be the result of a worn seal. In many cases, major transmission damage occurs gradually. There may be a small problem that ultimately develops into much larger problems.

Automatic Transmission Repair

The good news is most automatic transmission damage can be repaired. The extent of the repairs will of course depend on the extent of the damage, and a full transmission rebuild may be recommended in certain situations. This is why it is important to recognize and address potential transmission issues as early as possible. As soon as you think you might have a transmission problem, you should get it tested and inspected by a transmission specialist. You may be able to catch and repair something minor before it turns into something major.

Signs of Transmission Damage

Here are some common signs of automatic transmission trouble:

  • Trouble Shifting
  • Sluggish Acceleration
  • Slipping Out of Gear
  • Transmission Fluid Leak
  • Strange Noises or Vibrations
  • Burning Smell While Driving
  • Transmission Overheating
  • Transmission Service Warning Light
  • Check Engine Light

If you notice any of these issues, don’t wait to get your vehicle’s transmission looked at. At Ralph’s Transmission in Modesto, CA, we can provide a free external inspection, diagnostic testing and road test to determine the source of the problem(s). If internal transmission damage is suspected, we will need to remove the transmission from the vehicle so it can be dismantled and inspected internally.

Transmission Repair vs. Rebuild vs. Replacement

Some transmission damage can be repaired by replacing worn or failing parts. In some cases, a simple transmission service is all that is needed. This involves changing the transmission fluid, transmission filter and pan gasket, along with cleaning the transmission pan to reduce any dirt, debris or contaminants in the fluid lines.

Sometimes, the internal damage is much more severe and multiple components may be compromised. This is when a full custom transmission rebuild is generally the best long-term solution. We perform professional transmission rebuilds in our shop at Ralph’s Transmission. The transmission is completely disassembled. All good parts are properly cleaned and reinstalled. All damaged/worn components are replaced. The transmission is fully rebuilt and reinstalled, so it essentially runs like new again. This process is what enables us to back all transmission rebuilds with our comprehensive 3 Year, 100,000 Mile Warranty.

Lastly, there are situations where the transmission damage is so bad that it is beyond repair. When this happens, a transmission replacement is recommended. You can save a little money with a used or refurbished unit, or you can purchase a new transmission from the manufacturer and it can be installed in your vehicle by a professional.

Whether you need transmission maintenance, repairs, rebuild or replacement, Ralph’s Transmission has you covered. Call us today at 209.526.1909 or schedule your service appointment online.

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