Drivetrain and Transmission

Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

By Rick Popely on Wed May 03 10:20:00 GMT-06:00 2017


CARS.COM — Yes, though how often this service should be performed varies by manufacturer and vehicle, and it's open to debate. The manufacturer's maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn't call for fresh fluid until 100,000 miles or, with some… Read More

Do You Really Need to Change the Transmission Fluid?

By Rick Popely on Wed May 03 10:20:00 GMT-06:00 2017

CARS.COM — Yes, though how often this service should be performed varies by manufacturer and vehicle, and it's open to debate. The manufacturer's maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn't call for fresh fluid until 100,000 miles or, with some… Read More

Do Cars Have More Than One Belt That Needs Replacing?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 00:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — All vehicles have an accessory belt that drives features such as the alternator and air-conditioning compressor, and perhaps the power steering and water pump. This belt is usually mounted externally so you can see it on the front… Read More

What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

By Rick Popely on Wed Aug 17 05:00:21 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — If your vehicle is giving off an unusual or sickening odor instead of that new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells can lead to expensive repairs or health hazards and shouldn't… Read More

Why Is It Hard to Shift My Automatic Transmission Out of Park?

By Rick Popely on Tue Jul 26 05:00:38 GMT-06:00 2016

Your shift interlock feature, which requires you to step on the brake pedal to prevent unintentionally shifting out of Park, could be malfunctioning. Alternatively, the shift cable or linkage connected to the shift lever could be gummed up with grease… Read More

Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

By Tom Torbjornsen on Thu Jun 23 05:00:27 GMT-06:00 2016

This is a great question, but we must examine what "acting funny" means when referring to one's drivetrain before recommending a course of action. Do any of the following seem familiar to you? Slipping When an automatic transmission seems to… Read More

Are Manual Transmissions Cheaper to Repair and Maintain Than Automatics?

By Rick Popely on Wed Jun 08 05:00:39 GMT-06:00 2016

Manual transmissions are usually cheaper to maintain and repair than automatics because the latter are far more complex and have more parts and functions that can fail, but it may depend on your driving style. An automatic has hundreds of… Read More

If I Seldom Drive, What's the Minimum I Should Drive My Car?

By Rick Popely on Mon May 16 05:00:55 GMT-06:00 2016

We recommend driving every two to three weeks to make it less likely that you wind up with a dead battery, flat-spotted tires or other issues that can be caused by letting a car sit for weeks. We've heard many… Read More

When Do You Need to Replace Drive-Axle Boots?

By Rick Popely on Sun Jan 31 06:00:23 GMT-06:00 2016

Front-drive vehicles, many all-wheel-drive vehicles and some rear-drive vehicles have constant-velocity joints that connect the transmission to the drive axles and wheels. A front-drive vehicle will have four CV joints, each covered by a boot. CV joints are covered by… Read More

Common Transmission Problems

By Rick Popely on Sun Jan 31 01:09:00 GMT-06:00 2016

When it comes to automatic transmissions, fluid leaks and low fluid levels are probably the most common problems owners experience, especially as a vehicle gets older and parts wear out. If you don't notice a puddle of transmission fluid (often… Read More

How Long Will My Belts and Hoses Last?

By Rick Popely on Sun Jan 24 09:22:35 GMT-06:00 2016

Maybe forever, if you rely on an overly liberal interpretation of the maintenance schedules set by some vehicle manufacturers. That doesn't mean you should ignore them or even accept the manufacturer's recommendations, though; instead, add them to your list of… Read More