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As reliable as most automatic transmissions are, they are relatively easy to break and quite expensive to fix. One of the most common signs that there may be a problem is delayed engagement. That is, there is a long moment of hesitation between the time you put a shifter into “D” (rive) or “R” (reverse) and when the transmission actually kicks in. Other signs of problems with automatic transmissions include slippage or jerking/shuddering of the transmission. It is also not a good sign, certainly, of the transmission gets stuck in a gear. These problems may be more noticeable when the engine is still cold or after the vehicle is warmed up. Take note of either fact when talking to the technician. A check engine or service engine light may illuminate to alert the vehicle driver, if the computer sees a problem with the operation of an automatic transmission.
It never pays to ignore a transmission problem, which may be fixed if caught early. Proper maintenance on transmissions is to service them, replace the filter, reseal the transmission pan and flush new fluid into the lines, transmission and torque converter. This service should be performed about every 2 years or 30,000 miles, or whenever the fluid changes color from the translucent pink that it originally begins with, this service will help to extend the life of your transmission. The fluid in the transmission is designed to clean, cool and lubricate, so it is crucial to the proper operation of the transmission to keep it clean and full. Steve and Karen Johnston are owners of All About Automotive in Historic Downtown Gresham. If you have questions or comments, call them at 503-465-2926 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.