As a collision repair specialist with many years of experience behind her belt, Rosemary Barclay knows how easy it is for people to ignore transmission trouble in their car. Many people believe that it is simply part of the course and that transmission issues are nothing but an inevitable sign of aging. While it is certainly true that transmission issues become more likely as car ages, Rosemary Barclay explains that it is important that people understand that it is entirely avoidable. Additionally, it is also possible to resolve such problems before they cause any serious damage or really expensive repair.
Most people who drive have been involved in an accident of some sort. Thankfully, most people never have any serious collisions, often only having been rear-ended, sometimes while driving. When this happens, they send their vehicle to professionals like Rosemary Barclay and they have faith in the professional that their vehicle will be fully and properly restored. That this happens following a rear-end collision is incredibly important because this is when it is more likely that transmission damage has occurred, regardless of the age of the vehicle. Transmission problems can be anything from minor to major. Either way, it is important that people learn to recognize these issues, whether they have been in a collision or not. Having problems repaired before they escalate into more and bigger issues matters, not in the least in relation to the cost of repairs, according to Susan.
Rosemary Barclay on the 3 Clues to Transmission Damage
1. Leaking fluids. As the result of a collision, it is possible for a gap to form somewhere inside the transmission. If you suddenly find a puddle of an oddly colored liquid accumulating underneath your car, or if you can smell oil in the vicinity of the vehicle, then there may be a problem with the transmission fluid. Often, the leak is very slow and quite steady, which means it is easy to miss. However, if it does appear, then it is important to speak to someone like Susan immediately before it can grow into a bigger problem.
2. Problems with shifting gears. If you drive stick, gears should be fluid and easy to change, rather than being clunky and loud. If there is a strange sound when changing gears, or if it is suddenly hard to get the car into gear, then it is possible that you have a serious transmission problem. Rosemary Barclay explains that this particular issue is quite common in people who have been rear-ended. This is because, on collision, small pieces of metal could be dislodged and move freely around the vehicle. This is one of those problems that quickly becomes larger and the larger it becomes, the more it costs to repair as well.
3. A ‘check engine’ light. Modern vehicles are equipped with onboard computers that flash and indicate whenever something is wrong, although many will not tell you exactly what is wrong. Hence, when the check engine light suddenly lights up, it could mean any of a number of things. Nevertheless, whatever is causing the light to be on is an issue that has to be resolved. It is possible to hook the vehicle up to a computer and this can automatically identify the problem. In fact, people can now even have those devices in their own home, enabling them to quickly see what the problem is, which could be the transmission.
Rosemary Barclay understands how stressful it is to have to deal with everything that happens after an accident. The accident itself is very stressful as well, and the last thing people would want to experience after that is that their vehicle no longer works. Sometimes, if the collision itself was minor, it is all too easy to simply forget about it and keep driving. Unfortunately, quite serious damage could have occurred that isn’t visible, such as damage to the transmission. If this is the case, then it is important to go see a mechanic as soon as possible.
In modern society, we have become increasingly dependent on our vehicles. An accident or a check engine light is not something we take as serious enough to prevent us from using our vehicle to get to work and school, ferry the kids between sports clubs, and meet our own social commitments. However, Rosemary Barclay points out that if something is wrong with a car, it needs to get solved quickly so as not to cause greater damage in the long run, perhaps even rendering the vehicle a total loss after a while.