What are some symptoms of too much transmission fluid?
Excess transmission fluid will cause foaming in any transmission. Foam does not flow like oil, reducing cooling and lubrication. It also implodes on compression between gears or in the hydraulics of automatic transmissions, causing severe damage (pitting).In an automatic transmission, you will have higher temperatures and poor shifting, as it depends on solid hydraulic pressure, not spongy foam to move the clutches and bands.Automatic transmissions with dip sticks should be measured with the engine running, and consider the operating temperature. Note here how the heat affects the measurement. It should not be filled to the top when cold, or checked not running.If it does not have a dipstick, it is measured with the plugs on the side, depending on specific instructions per brand of car.Manual transmissions normally don't have dipsticks (some do). They are checked from a plug on the side of the transmission, and the level should normally be at the level of the plug, not above.
My car's front brakes may be locked, help! How can i move my car again?
To troubleshoot the problem, jack up the front of the car so that both tires are off the ground, see if you can turn them. If only one turns, the one that is not turning has a problem with the brake caliper, probably the piston cup went beyond the seal and got ****** slightly so the brakes won't release because the cup cannot go back in where it belongs. This also means that your brake pads are worn down too far and most probably your brake rotor is too thin and needs replacing as well. Another possibility is a caliper bolt or support piece may have broken. If both tires spin OK, then your transmission may have a problem. The transmission (automatic only) has a mechanical device that locks up the transmission preventing it from turning when it is placed in park, but not prevent the tires from turning when off the ground, this device or its linkage may be damaged/broken and not releasing. If neither tire turns, then there may be a hydraulic lock somewhere on your car that has locked up the hydraulics and needs to be released (possible anti-theft device) by a switch or key. Have you always owned this car? or did you buy it used? Maybe previous owner had one installed. Is it possible that your emergency/parking brake is on? Hope these ideas help. Best of luck.
What will happen if I drive with a very low transmission fluid?
It depends on whether your car is an automatic or manual transmission.Automatic: Automatic transmission fluid has multiple jobs in an automatic transmission. First, it is used for cooling the transmission. So, with low transmission fluid, your transmission will not be cooled properly. Second, it used to make the torque converter operate, and provide pressure to ensure proper operation of the various clutches and components within the transmission. Third, it is used to lubricate your transmission. If your transmission fluid is very low, the transmission will almost certainly be slipping. So it will feel like the vehicle is in neutral, with the engine revving, but no power being applied to the wheels. The shifts will be rough, if they occur at all, as the clutches are not getting proper pressure to perform shifts smoothly. If the transmission fluid is very low for a long period of time, the clutches will burn up from not being able to lock up properly, and the torque converter will likely fail due to improper fluid pressure. If you drive your automatic transmission vehicle with low transmission fluid, at some point, you will be looking at a bare minimum $2,000+ repair bill unless you are able to do the work yourself, in which case it will still be $1,000 plus.Manual: In a manual transmission, low transmission fluid will cause the gears, synchronizers, shift forks, and other components to wear quickly. The bearings within the transmission will also not be lubricated properly, and the transmission will begin to overheat. It will likely be quite difficult to shift the transmission between gears, if not impossible. A manual transmission with low fluid may last longer than an automatic transmission with low fluid, but the prognosis is still the same. Transmission failure will occur, at some point, sooner or later.If your transmission fluid is low, it is much cheaper and safer to fill it, rather than face the expensive repair bill. Fill the transmission fluid and keep an eye on your vehicle, as it is likely that you have a leak, especially if your transmission fluid is frequently low.
Ford taurus keeps braking while driving feels like the front tires lock up...?
When i drive and accelerate sometimes even when not accelerating the car stops for a second and then jumps, It feels like the brakes lock up for a second and then the car jumps and if i accelerate when this happens it happens more frequent but if i let off the gas it and accelerate slow it drives ok. I got my transmission replaced because of this and the problem still presist, just fixed a leak in transmission as well, What can this problem be? I have no better way to explain this, Other then I cant drive on freeways because at high speeds it happens more frequent the car complete jerks and brakes, one time the car completely shut itself off while driving and all my warning lights came on,then after sitting parked for a few minutes it drove fine. Im out of funds and ideas, got the new tranny or rebuilt, replaced gasket, new car battery, new coolant tank. please help
Why is my brake fluid leaking,and why so fast?
you need to check all the brake lines and wheel cylinders on the back wheels and the brake calipers on the front wheels for leaks.
My car literally locked up and stopped. HELP??????
So I drive a 2011 Buick Regal. Automatic transmission. My engine light came on a month or so ago and it quickly disappeared. Today, it came back and I figured it would go away again. I came out of the gym and got in my car to go home.......as I shifted into reverse, then drive, I slowly began accelerating and my car began to sort of struggle a bit or jolt as I began going forward.....suddenly, the steering wheel locked and my car slowly began to stop. It literally just locked everything and came to a slow halt. I waited about 10 seconds, tried again and the same thing happened. Finally, after 5 minutes, I tried again and managed to drive home. It hasn t died thankfully and I managed to make it to my house. What do you guys think caused it? I am thinking it might be a low level of Transmission Fluid. I am not sure. It s weird how it began to struggle, or jolt as I gently pressed the gas to move forward. I didn t think it would lock up and stop. Maybe it s the battery or alternator.
The parking brake on a car causes the rear wheel to lock up. What would be the likely consequence of applying the parking brake in a car that is in rapid motion?
If you mean selecting P or Park on an automatic gearbox, then the pin which locks the transmission might snap if the car is moving fast rather than lock the wheels. There would be a clunk and then normal service would resume, assuming the snapped pin does not cause any secondary damage.This article explains how the parking pawl works Parking pawl - Wikipedia and states that it might not engage at all if the car is moving.If you mean by applying a handbrake, then you might find it doesn’t lock the rear wheels as it is often far less powerful than the servo assisted foot brake. It might only lock up the rears once the speed had reduced.If it did lock them up at high speed, then a skid and spin is almost inevitable, unless you have a front wheel drive car and insane driving skills.
What can happen to your vehicle when your brake fluid is too low?
Hey Sharon,When your brake fluid is too low you may be in trouble because your car won’t slow down or stop as well as before. You see brake fluid is kind of like a “steel rod” connecting your foot to the brakes. I say steel because brake fluid doesn’t compress so when you press on it it moves just like it is a solid.Brake fluid is incompressible and used to transmit your foot pressure on the brake pedal through the master cylinder to the brake calipers in order to press the pads against the discs. Your foot pressure is multiplied by the mechanical advantage from the pedal (ratio) and the hydraulic ratio of the master cylinders, power booster and caliper pistons (where the brake pads live).Image: BrakesHow does brake fluid get low?It canBrake system uses more fluid volume as pads wearFluid boils, getting bubbles in the line.Lines, master cylinder, or calipers leakSince you said too low, if your brakes are working okay add the DOT brake fluid your manufacturer recommends and take your car to a brake shop to have them checked. A little low is maintenance, too low is not and needs some professional TLC.Regards and take care.
Could mechanics work cause a brake caliper to lock up?
i wouldn't be so quick to jump the mechanic on this issue, unless you can prove he rebuilt the caliper,and most don't, and proving he rebuilt it would require a eyewitness of credible worth.find a good repair shop and get an estimate the brake line issue is why I say that. please note that if he put water in the caliper it will lock the wheel up tight until the water is removed, or when the brakes cool down below the boiling point, by bleeding the brakes. I have personal experience with that one. he would have done this to get more money out of you.