Can an automatic gearbox be repaired?
Your vehicle’s transmission is responsible for taking the energy from the engine and transforming it into forward propulsion. There are two main components; the shaft channels the energy from the engine, and the gears control it, determining the range of speed your car can achieve in each gear.
Your gearbox dictates which gear your car is in at any particular time. With a manual gearbox, you do all the work, deciding which gear is most appropriate for your current driving activity, be it pulling away from the lights, driving up a steep hill, or cruising along the motorway. You must manually use the clutch and gearstick to shift the transmission into the appropriate gear.
An automatic transmission does the work for you, monitoring the driving conditions and selecting the right gear for you. Because it has to do a lot more than a manual transmission, an automatic transmission is much more complicated, mechanically. It contains more moving parts, sensors, and components.
Warning signs for your automatic gearbox
You’ll know when there’s something wrong with your automatic transmission because it will send out one or more warning signs, such as:
- failing to engage when you put your car into drive or reverse
- grinding, shaking, or slipping during automatic gear changes
- making strange noises like whining, clanking, or humming
- emitting a burning smell
These signs are all indications that you need to get your automatic gearbox serviced or repaired. And, yes, it is possible to have that done! Automatic gearboxes, although more intricate than their manual counterparts, are repairable by properly-trained mechanics. Ideally, you should have your automatic transmission regularly serviced so that it doesn’t get the opportunity to misbehave, or in the worst case, grind your car to a halt. Generally, the less damaged your transmission is, the easier and cheaper it will be to return to smooth working order.
Get a free ten-point check on your transmission
At Kaspa, we are automatic transmission specialists and have been fixing them since they first became popular in New Zealand. We have the latest diagnostic equipment and tools to ensure the best possible outcome for your car. Get in touch if you’d like a free ten-point check on your transmission.