Ways to Diagnose a Transmission Problem

If you suspect that your transmission is going bad or suffering from an issue, then it is almost always best to take it in to be check at a transmission repair shop. You can call in and explain the issue, but figuring out what exactly is going on and reaching the best diagnosis should involve some tests that can only be done by taking your vehicle into the shop. Here’s a look at three tests that your transmission may go through to diagnose issues.

Road Test

Most diagnostic tests start with a road test. This simply involves a technician driving the vehicle to see what is happening. In addition, a road test gives you the chance to show what you are experiencing and explain it as it happens to give a technician a better idea of what is going on. Sometimes this is all that is needed because the problem is obvious or the transmission repair technician has the skills to recognize an issue this way.

Lift Test

The next step in testing is to put your vehicle on a lift and take a physical look at the transmission. This can take a bit longer than the road test. Typically, though, the signs can be easy to spot. Fluid leaks or issues with broken parts can point to the main problem. The technician will usually go over everything in the area of the transmission to look for signs.

Computer Test

If the other tests haven’t allowed the technician to come to a definitive conclusion, then your vehicle may be hooked to a computer for diagnostic testing. The computer will read through and check out your vehicle’s computer for reports and codes that indicate what is going on. Sometimes this will only be done if the “check engine” light is on, but often it is run even without a warning light being on because it can spot troubles regardless of the warning indicators in the vehicle.

Taking your vehicle through these three tests will almost always diagnose the issue. Then you can easily move onto scheduling your transmission repair. If the problem is not diagnosed through these tests, then other tests may be done on other parts of your vehicle because the problem may not be with the transmission. Regardless, these three tests should be able to spot any transmission issues, so you can be sure that any problems are found or the transmission is ruled out as the problem, making it much easier to figure out and fix the real problem. For more information contact S-O-S Transmissions at 708-3441760. Connect with them on Facebook for more updates!

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