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Transmission & Transaxle Powertrain

The transmission ensures that power runs from your engine to your wheels.

The transmission transmits the power produced by the engine to the wheels for power and economy based on the demands placed on the vehicle at any given time. If your transmission goes out, you may need a powertrain replacement to get your car back on the road. Driving with a faulty transmission is extremely unsafe and can cause unexpected problems with the vehicle's movement.

There are 3 basic types of transmissions and beyond that, there are many variations of each. Here are the 3 main types of transmissions:

  1. An automatic that shifts gear based on inputs sensed by the vehicle.
  2. A manual transmission gear ratio which is determined when the driver selects the gear.
  3. Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT) that never actually shifts but speed and load variation cause the output ratio of the transmission to change.

Problems with any of these types of transmissions can cause your wheels to lose power and affect your driving abilities. If you suspect you may need a powertrain replacement or powertrain troubleshooting, schedule an online appointment with our experts.

Image of a transmission that may be in need of a powertrain replacement

Recommended Service for Powertrain Replacement & Troubleshooting

  • We recommend changing the fluids (both on automatic or manual) every 30,000 miles. Even though many manufacturers may not have a scheduled service interval is important for the longevity of your vehicle and the protection of your investment.
  • Use the proper fluid recommended in your vehicle owner’s manual. Using an improper fluid may cause ongoing or long-term engine problems throughout your transmission and powertrain.
  • Many transmissions and transaxles have filters that will be replaced when changing the fluid. You can check your owner's manual to see, or you can ask one of our experts if a filter replacement is also recommended for your vehicle.

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