Transmission services can mean many different things according to the age and mileage of a vehicle, or the conditions under which it has been driven. As a part of routine inspections and regular maintenance, the transmission fluid is checked. If it's at a lower level than expected or seems contaminated, the technician will conduct further tests to determine why such a condition exists and how to correct it. At some point in time, older vehicles are going to require a transmission rebuild or full replacement. It isn't an inexpensive maintenance procedure to replace a transmission and requires a discussion between the vehicle owner and the technician to determine the value of the car as an investment and whether a new transmission is worth the expense. A failed transmission doesn't have to be but potentially can be, the end of a car's usable life.
The most obvious reason for routine maintenance is to prevent major repairs from being needed down the road. It's far less expensive to flush the transmission, clean it out, and refill it with new fluid than to replace the entire transmission after a failure. Like any other aspect or system in the car, it takes less labor and materials to prevent a potential problem than to fix it after breaks. With older vehicles that really require a full transmission rebuild, the question is, how many more miles do you expect from the vehicle? Do you plan to drive those miles yourself? Are you trying to maintain the resale value? Our talented technicians work with Nissan owners on a daily basis. You can trust us to provide reasonable advice based on our knowledge and experience.
The first symptoms of a failing transmission are subtle. They tend to creep up and get worse over time, but the driver can become accustomed to their car and not realize how bad it has become. At first, the car will rev up in RPM's before changing gears, but eventually, the transmission won't change gears efficiently. It will take on a “floating/ coasting” feeling as the transmission tries to find the proper gear to move to. Eventually, it just won't go into a particular gear. The vehicle will continue to drive, causing further damage to the transmission as it skips gears, or in the worst possible scenario, it won't go into reverse.
The trained professional technicians at Briggs Nissan in Manhattan, KS, serving the areas around Junction City, are prepared with a full-service shop to conduct any repairs or maintenance your car might need.