Rebuilt Transmissions and Transmission Repair Blog

Everyone who owns a car knows that the transmission is one of the most important parts of the car. If your transmission stops functioning, then your car stops moving for good. One of the main causes of transmission problems is a transmission that is slipping. If you aren’t sure what the signs of a slipping transmission are, read on below to find out.

Your Fluids May is Low

The most common cause of a slipping transmission is usually low fluids. These low levels can create a number of problems, from overheating to not being able to engage the gears of the car. The best way to see if low fluid levels could be your problem is by checking the fluids. If you aren’t sure how to check your fluids, then take the car by Twin Transmission today so that they can help you.

A Fluid Leak

If your transmission is slipping and you constantly have to add fluids, you may have a transmission fluid leak somewhere. Your best call of action is to take the car to the shop and let them find the leak for you. Just steadily continuing to add fluids will not solve the problem and soon you will have a car that isn’t running at all on your hands.

Transmission Bands are Worn or Broken

Transmission bands are not designed to last forever. Once they become worn or broken, your transmission will start slipping, and you will have to have the bands replaced. This is something you want to have done by the professionals, not try to do yourself.

These are just a few of the reasons that your transmission could be slipping. If you think it is, then it’s best to take it in and have the car inspected by the professionals at Twin Transmission today.

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How Does Cold Weather Affect My Car’s Radiator? | Charlotte NC

How Does Cold Weather Affect My Car’s Radiator? | Charlotte NC

The cold weather puts your car under a lot of stress. Firstly, the snow puts excessive strain on the tires. Since the tires struggle to make it through the snow, the suspension also goes through a lot of stress.Similarly, the car’s engine also bears a lot of pressure in severely cold temperatures.

However, the most damage is caused to the cooling system of a car. If the cooling system hasn’t been maintained properly, it can cause a lot of problems in the winter months.  (Do you need a radiator repair or replacement? Contact us at 704-821-3460 for a free estimate.)

Let’s look at the adverse effects of cold weather on a car’s radiator:

Cracks in the Radiator

If the coolant mixture in the radiator is not of the right proportion, the liquid can freeze inside. The cooling system is quite sturdy. However, it is not built to handle ice buildup. If the water freezes inside the radiator, it puts immense strain on the radiator case. When the radiator cracks, it begins leaking water rapidly. This can cause a lot of problems if it happens while travelling over long distances.

Clogged Lines

Similar to the reservoirs in the radiator, the fluid lines can also get clogged due to the ice. The fluid lines are quite delicate and develop leaks. Even if there are no leaks immediately, the lines do weaken over time. It can cause the lines to give way under intense conditions. You may not even experience the failure all winter. However, when the radiator heats up in the summer time, the lines will give way.

Transmission Failure

In automatic transmission vehicles, the transmission cooling lines run through a compartment in the radiator. If the radiator freezes and causes a fluid leak, the transmission fluid and coolant could get mixed. If the fluid runs in the engine cooling lines, it won’t harm the engine. But the coolant in the auto transmission housing can damage the transmission. You will have to change the radiator as well as have the transmission rebuilt completely.

It is best to keep your radiator well maintained. The most important thing is to keep the coolant and water ratio accurate to avoid freezing. During the Charlotte winter months, we have seen very warm temperatures and very cold temperatures. If you are having radiator issues, contact us immediately to avoid larger radiator problems.

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