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6749 Old 28th Street S.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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Monday - Friday

8am to 5:30pm

Sat - Sun Closed

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O'Neils Transmission Service, Inc. 

Transmission problems can occur in many different forms.  There can also be many reasons for each of these different problems.

The most common are:

1.  Slipping:  You will notice a higher RPM than normal to get moving, or if during a shift a lethargic long feeling shift.  Much like letting the clutch out too slow on a manual transmission equipped vehicle.  Slipping is caused by low pressure, pump, seals, low oil level, or even a bad solenoid.  Slipping can ruin your transmission in short order.  If you suspect your transmission is slipping, the safe thing to do is have it towed to us.  If yours turns out to be a minor problem towing the vehicle will save you possibly thousands of dollars.

2.  Shift feel:  Most shift feel complaints are of the hard, or bumpy feeling type.  We call a hard shift  a "short shift" referring to the length of time it takes to complete.  A normal shift takes .33 seconds to complete.  This is a common complaint these days.  Many transmissions are computer controlled now and if some anomaly occurs the transmission will be caused to shift hard by the vehicles computer to get your attention.

3.  Shift timing & missing gears:  The purpose of your transmission is to keep the engine in its optimum RPM range over a wide range of driving demands.  If you experience too early, or late shifts your vehicle performance will be diminished.  For the transmission to select the right gear at the right time it needs to have input as to how fast the vehicle is moving, and how hard the driver is stepping on the accelerator.  These complaints are caused by a wide range of possibilities ranging from a poor running engine to internal transmission issues.  There are also several sensors that play into this complex network of information going into your vehicles computer.  A skilled technician with the right tools will need diagnose this problem for you.

4.  Neutralizing:  This can occur when starting out, or during a shift.  It feels like all the sudden nothing is connected and the engine just revs.  Fluid level should be check first.  If the fluid level is OK, a loose filter could be the problem.  Beyond those two things, neutralizing has more serious implications, and should be checked out ASAP.

5.  Leaking.  Leaks may not be as obvious as one might think.  Most people that see fluid on their garage floor can easily come to the conclusion that they have a leak.  Some leaks only occur when the vehicle is moving though.  In those cases, you may not see any oil in your garage.  A telltale sign that this is happening on your car can be an oily film on your rear window.  If you suspect a leak, make note of whether the leak occurs when the car is setting, driving, or engine running.

6.  Noises.  Noises can be very missleading.  Most people that come to our shop suspecting a transmission noise discover that it is something other than the transmission.  Transmissions do make bad noises though.  A noise that goes away when the shift selector is moved to park, or neutral is very serious.  Also a noise that comes or goes when the transmission shifts.  A noise coming from the transmission assembly can become expensive quickly.  If you suspect its a transmission noise have the vehicle towed.