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One of the most agonizing noises a car owner may ever hear is the scraping or grinding sound of an automatic transmission that's low on oil. Even in a well insulated car, the metal-to-metal sound is awesome.
At the first indication of such a noise, the transmission fluid should be checked. If the level is low, adding fluid may correct the trouble.
If the noise persists, the culprit could be a clogged transmission filter which is preventing fluid from reaching the pump. The result, the transmission is starved of fluid, with eventual destruction of the pump and other components. This can add up to a very large repair bill.
The above mentioned horror story should never happen, if automatic transmission fluid is checked regularly (at least as often as the oil is changed) and if fluid and filter are replaced periodically.
It is recommended to check fluid only when the vehicle has been run for a few miles after the engine has reached normal operating temperature.
Check to see if it is discolored, rather than pink or red, which is normal. When fluid has turned brown, this is an indication that it has been burned. Note also if it smells burned. Burned fluid should be drained and replaced, along with the filter.
Most types of "severe" service driving require most frequent fluid and filter changes, as well as other periodic services.
This type of service is described as follows:
- Frequent idling for long periods of time, such as stop-and-go driving in heavy traffic.
- Sustained highway driving in hot weather.
- Towing a boat or trailer, or carrying heavy objects on a rooftop rack.
- Driving in dusty conditions.
- Prolonged operation at sub-zero temperatures.
- Driving on steep hills or mountains on a regular basis.
Preventive maintenance is critical to long, efficient car life. When it is neglected one's senses of sight, sound and smell may signal trouble.
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