What Would Cause a Transmission to Go Out?

by Jason Medina

A transmission is an important part of a vehicle's mechanical make-up. Responsible for allowing vehicle movement, a transmission, which is made up of a variety of interrelated parts and mechanisms, can develop numerous problems that can cause it to fail and/or cease to function properly.

Low Transmission Fluid Levels

Taking apart transmission.

Optimum transmission fluid levels are necessary to maximize transmission function. Extremely low transmission fluid levels can reduce the fluid force necessary to drive transmission operation, which can cause a transmission to fail or go out.

Broken Transmission Bands

Close up of transmission.

Broken transmission bands prevent the engagement and operation of the transmission gear sets and prevent normal transmission gear function, which in severe cases, can result in a nonoperational transmission.

Broken Transmission Gears

Close up of gear box.

Transmission gears in rare cases can break, which prevents normal transmission shifting and disrupts the normal rotation of the transmission drive axle, which can prevent transmission function and operation.

Faulty Torque Converter

Car engine torque.

A faulty torque converter can prevent transmission fluid from being pressurized and propelled throughout a vehicle's transmission, a condition that can prevent transmission operation and function.

Ruptured Transmission Seals

Make sure leaks don't occur.

Transmission seals keep transmission fluid contained within a transmission. Ruptured or faulty seals can allow transmission fluid to leak out of a transmission, which can cause serious transmission damage, which that can cause a transmission to fail.

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