Article provided by: Gearstar Performance Transmissions
An automatic transmission automatically changes gears, allowing the driver to focus on other aspects of the commute. There are many types of automatic transmissions. Most drivers prefer to have an excellent functioning transmission than a newly recent one that is worn out and possibly dangerous to the experience.
The 4L60E is not a recent release from General Motors. It is, however, a strong and long-lasting one, among a series of 4L60E transmissions. Despite its colorful reputation, the transmission will undergo a natural degradation like all other mechanical parts. You must understand all the signs of poor transmission before exposing yourself and the car to the speedy mishaps that could occur in transit.
Signs that you need a new 4L60E transmission
Problems shifting the gear
The clearest indicator of faults with the equipment is any hindrance while changing the gear. These problems take many forms, but will most likely manifest as hesitation or stuckness while switching the gear. A severely worn out one can cause the transmission to shift to another gear as you drive. This sign means that the transmission is on its last breath and requires immediate replacement by Gearstar.
A hard to miss indicator is noise that comes from the engine as you shift gears. High-pitched sounds and clunking are a sign of a deep-seated problem that will soon escalate to something far worse. The sounds will often have the accompaniment of a buzzy or grinding sensation as you shift the gears. These sounds may be indicating that the transmission is not in perfect collaboration with the steering wheel, brakes, or gas pedals.
A transmission with heat damage will give off an unpleasant odor. The excessive heat may be due to excess friction, which causes wear and tear. The exposed parts generate more heat and eventually burn up the fluid. A burning smell inside the car should prompt you to seek immediate assistance from Gearstar’s customer care representative and a highly competent mechanic.
The transmission fluid generates pressure that the transmission uses to switch gears. The leaking fluid is a sign that the density and consistency are no longer suitable for proper systemic functioning. You can tell if the leakage is from the transmission fluid by blotting it with a white cloth or tissue. The reddish or orange coloring is a sign that the liquid is not from the coolant or oil.
Red or orange color shows that the liquid is still conducive for the transmission. Color change to a darker tone like dark brown or black means that you are overdue for replacement of the fluid and most likely the transmission too. The dark color is only a sign of the built-up dirt that contaminates the transmission. The wrong fluid cannot be complimentary to an excellent functioning transmission.
The car could act like its stationary when you shift to reverse, or the forward position could suddenly change to parking. The transmission must have a reconstruction or replacement with a better 4L60E transmission.