How to Fix Transmission Failure

The car's transmission is a complicated mechanical system that controls how your vehicle applies power from the engine to the driveshaft, which then spurs the automobile into action and movement.

Without it, your car won't move. It's the one car part that experiences the most wear and tear over time next to the engine.

This is because of the heat and friction from the multitude of moving and interacting components in the transmission that makes it overheat. Cars such as the Nissan Rogue can suffer from transmission failure.

The Symptoms of Transmission Failure and How to Fix Them

  • The Common Transmission Failure Symptoms Themselves: Your transmission might be failing if there's a lack of a response from your car. It could also be when you hear humming, clunking, or whining from under the hood. There also might be a burning smell or the excessive grinding and shaking of the vehicle. You could also have leaks or low coolant fluid going on. If your car refuses to go into gear, you might have transmission problems. Check the Check Engine Light or the car computer for more details (i.e, the OBD2 Trouble Codes).
  • Other Transmission Issues of Note and Fixing Them: Your transmission might also be failing if you have a dragging clutch, if your gears are slipping, or if your transmission remains noisy even when you're on neutral. When your transmission overheats, some cars might have a fail safe that shuts down the car. If it's a fluid problem, then make sure the fluid should be set under the full mark, because in some cars, an overfull fluid will cause the CVT to whine and go into fail safe mode to your car's detriment.
  • Transmission Failure Due to Coolant or Freeze Protection: Your transmission might be acting up due to coolant protection. Use a refractometer to check your freeze protection. Make sure it stays at negative 34 degrees Fahrenheit because overheating can come about even at negative 48 degrees Fahrenheit. Regardless, like with many cases of failure, your best bet in fixing a failing transmission is to replace it. You can only treat the symptoms for so long before your transmission or CVT itself fails all the way, especially when it comes to modern cars with computers in them.

Final Thoughts

Transmission failure can be caused by a number of things, including a faulty CVT that begins failing when you make use of aerated fluids and whatnot. Take note of the symptoms noted above and keep the service records or error messages so that the mechanics fixing your ride will have an easier time pinpointing just what is wrong with your car, truck, SUV, or van.

CVT replacement depends on how extensive its damage is, if there's anything that can be done with the coolant fluid leakages, or if it's just a matter of an overbearing fail safe that errs too much on the side of caution.

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