While doing extensive research on your car, all its components, and what their functions are isn’t always feasible. However, learning as much as you can about your car and its parts can be worth the effort down the line. The more you know, the more prepared you are to figure out if your car is having problems, what’s causing them, and what course of action you should take.
Your transmission is probably a little more complicated than you would expect. Included in a transmission are automatic transmission hard parts, and it’s extremely important that you know what these are and what they do. The vast majority of people don’t, and sometimes, auto repair shops will take advantage of that common ignorance. If you know about automatic transmission hard parts, you can circumvent the tricks of dishonest repair people, as well as recognize the signs of serious car problems as early as possible.
Internal automatic transmission parts are either soft or hard. Soft parts will inevitably wear out; they are simply designed that way. Soft parts include bands, bushings, clutches, and bearings.
On the other hand, hard parts are generally expected to hold up a lot better than soft parts. They are less prone to suffer the effects of wear and tear, and usually do not require repair or replacement. However, they still can be damaged. It’s important to realize that it’s a lot less likely to happen, but if does, you need to get your car fixed right away. The most commonly damaged hard parts are pumps, external cases, drums, valve bodies, and planetary gear sets. There are two types of damaged hard parts: failed and worn.
Hard parts are considered “failed” if they’re broken or cracked, and if this is a problem your car has, you’ll know more or less immediately. When hard parts fail, there is often noise, usually screeching or clunking, and your car won’t move correctly. You may lose the ability to go forwards or backwards or, in some cases, you may not be able to move at all. Failed hard parts pose a serious problem and should be fixed as soon as possible.
On the other hand, hard parts may wear out. Unfortunately, worn hard parts are usually a lot less obvious, and sometimes are only discovered during maintenance or repairs for something else. Worn hard parts may continue functioning more or less fine while still wearing down the internal parts and creating bigger problems. Internal debris build up is usually the source of worn hard parts.
Automatic transmission hard parts can fail or wear out for a multitude of reasons, some of which you can control, and others you may not be able to. The most preventable causes are overheating, lack of lubrication, and using improper types or amounts of fluid. In addition, carrying too much weight in your car, putting a lot of miles on it, or not doing proper maintenance can all cause problems with hard parts as well. Collisions can also break down hard parts, and sometimes when one internal hard part fails, it brings others down with it.
If you think your automatic transmission parts are busted, or are having problems with any other part of your car, get in touch with Twin Transmission for a consultation, check-up, or repair in Pineville, North Carolina.