When your transmission fails

There are few greater uh-oh moments in the life of your car than the moment the transmission goes. Rebuilding a transmission is a major undertaking. In fact, it’s an undertaking so complicated that many automotive repair shops won’t tackle it. At our shop, Seatac transmission repair service, we’ve seen it all over the years. Here’s what you need to know about transmission repair and service.

There are three types of transmissions. There is the manual, a transmission that uses a clutch operated by the driver to shift gears. These systems sometimes end up requiring a rebuild of the clutch, too. There is the automatic, found in most passenger vehicles throughout the U.S. And then there is the semi-automatic, a system found typically in foreign cars sold in America, particularly Volkswagen cars.

Most transmissions require a regular check of transmission fluid levels. However, a properly functioning transmission should not burn through transmission fluid. Also, some modern transmissions, especially those from Ford, now use a completely closed transmission that cannot be accessed to add or check fluid. Transmission checks should be performed by a trained professional.

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