Transmission Leaks and Dealing with Blown Seals and Getting to the Repair Service

Problems with blown transmission seals can be a frustrating issue when it comes to your car. The challenge is preventing serious damage and getting your car to a repair shop. If you know how to deal with a blown transmission seal problem, you will be able to get to the shop without any serious issues. The following steps will help you check the fluid and get to a repair shop before problems get worse:

Spotting the signs of a blown transmission seal

The transmission seal of your car can blow at any moment or slowly over time. The main sign of a blown transmission seal is the smell of burning fluid as it leaks on the exhaust system. This can be combined with other problems, which include:

  • Burning oil smell
  • Smoke coming from the exhaust
  • Noise when shifting gears
  • Problems with shifting gears

These signs that your car has a problem with a blown transmission seal that needs to be repaired.

Know how to check transmission fluid level

It can be confusing when it comes to checking the oil and other fluids in your car. Therefore, you want to know what to look for. There is a unique process to follow when checking your car's transmission fluids. The steps to checking transmission fluid are as follows:

  1. Leave the engine running
  2. Locate the dipstick—lower than the oil dipstick
  3. Carefully pull the dipstick out and wipe it clean with a shop rag
  4. Insert the dipstick again, and then carefully pull it out to check the fluid level

You will need to continue the process when adding fluid to the transmission.

Topping off transmission fluid to prevent damage

If the transmission seal is blown, the level of the fluid will be lower than the full mark on your dipstick. You will want to top off the transmission fluid to ensure driving does not cause damage to the gears. This can be done to get the car to repair service and not to continue driving without replacing the seal. If the blown seal has only caused a slow leak, you should be able to safely drive to the transmission repair service to fix the problem, but if you are losing all the fluid—you may want to have the car towed to the shop rather than driving.

If you have a problem with a blown seal and low transmission fluids, following these steps will prevent serious damage. Call a transmission repair service to have the blown seal replaced by a transmission repair technician.