4 Symptoms of a Bad Throw-Out Bearing (& Replacement Cost)

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If you drive a vehicle with a manual transmission system, you need to operate a clutch pedal in addition to the brake and gas pedals. The clutch assembly (consisting of the pressure plate, clutch plate, flywheel, and throw-out bearing), connects the wheels to the engine of the vehicle. The clutch pedal gives you the ability … Read more

7 Causes of a Car That Won’t Go in Reverse

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A car’s transmission is one of the most important components of any car. You simply can’t operate a motor vehicle without the gears functioning as they should be. But sometimes, you may encounter an issue that causes one or more of the gears to malfunction. The reverse gear in particular, is easy to take for … Read more

6 Symptoms of Low Transmission Fluid (You Don’t Want to Ignore)

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When you’re running low on transmission fluid, your vehicle cannot function the way it’s supposed to. This is because transmission fluid lubricates the surfaces and components of the transmission system to reduce friction and prevent them from wearing out. Transmission fluid is supposed to remain in your vehicle for its entire lifespan without changing it, … Read more

6 Symptoms of a Bad Transmission Valve Body (and Replacement Cost)

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A transmission valve body is a major component of an automatic transmission. It’s essentially a maze-like control center made up of valves, passageways, and solenoids that diverts transmission fluid to where it’s needed for gear changes. While not a common part to fail, when you do have some type of malfunction in the transmission valve … Read more

What is Limp Mode? (Symptoms, Causes, and How to Fix)

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Limp mode is a self-preservation feature programmed into most vehicles. Your car will activate this feature when it detects abnormal readings from sensors, or improper mechanical part operations.  Limp mode is also known as “limp home mode”, and is designed to protect your engine and transmission from catastrophic failure. Performance of your vehicle will be … Read more

7 Symptoms of a Bad Transmission Control Module (and Replacement Cost)

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The transmission control module (TCM) is a vital component of any vehicle with an automatic transmission system. Rather than relying on hydraulic or mechanical control over a transmission system, newer vehicles use a transmission control module instead. A car’s TCM will likely never need replacing, but if you have a bad transmission control module, immediate … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Torque Converter (and Replacement Cost)

In this article we are going to talk about the part of the automatic transmission called the torque converter. After reading, you will know how a torque converter works, symptoms of a bad torque converter, and its average replacement cost. How a Torque Converter Works Basically, the rotational power of engine torque is transferred to the … Read more

5 Causes of Transmission Fluid Leaks and Repair Cost

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If you notice a small puddle of red fluid underneath your vehicle, this is not a good sign and indicates a transmission fluid leak. It will form stains on your driveway or garage floor but more importantly, it can cost you a lot of money in repairing the leak and replacing the fluid. To understand the … Read more

Transmission Fluid Color Chart (What the 5 Colors Mean)

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The color of the automatic transmission fluid in your car can help in diagnosing a transmission problem and give you an indication of the overall health of your transmission. To use the information and automatic transmission fluid (ATF) color chart provided below you must first determine the color of the transmission fluid that is in … Read more

6 Causes of a Manual Transmission Being Hard to Shift

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In this post we are going to discuss why cars with manual transmissions sometimes have problems when it comes to shifting. The symptoms of a manual transmission that’s hard to shift can almost always be narrowed down to a problem with the clutch or transmission. Note that if your car is only a bit harder to … Read more