Your fleet vehicles need to be in working order to avoid interruptions to your daily workflow. When you sign up for our two-truck maintenance agreement, your staff will be able to avoid engine and transmission problems on the road.
But if they start to notice that it’s difficult to switch gears, the vehicle is grinding or shaking, or it smells like something’s burning– the vehicle’s transmission will likely stop your staff member from working soon. When this happens, bring your vehicle into J&A Fleet immediately. If a fleet vehicle’s transmission starts slipping or blows, it’ll become difficult to handle the vehicle. This problem can occur while driving and can actually make it impossible to accelerate since the wheels won’t register the engine’s rotation.
What Does The Transmission Do?
As many of you already know, the engine creates power. The transmission controls and distributes that power to the wheels. If you drive a manual transmission, when you press your foot on the clutch it temporarily disconnects the engine from the transmission. When you release the clutch it re-engages, allowing you to speed up or slow down. If you have an automatic vehicle, your torque converter will determine when to shift for you.
Regardless of what you drive, the transmission plays an important role in acceleration. Some common signs that your transmission is failing include:
- Refusal to switch gears
- Burning smell
- Weird noises when you shift into neutral
- Unable to move or accelerate
- Whining or clunking sounds
- Grinding or shaking when you shift gears
- Dragging clutch
- Leaking sweet-smelling fluid
- Slipping gears
Avoid Transmission Problems
Preventive maintenance is one of the best ways to prevent costly transmission problems from occurring. J&A Fleet can help you avoid total transmission failure with just a few services.
Check Transmission Fluid
Your transmission fluid needs to be checked every 40,000 miles. This checkpoint comes and goes quickly for long-haul fleets vehicles like semis, moving trucks, and car rentals. J&A Fleet will check your vehicles and ensure there’s enough fluid to properly protect and lubricate your transmission. Most companies leave this essential vehicle maintenance service to pros like us because your transmission can also sustain damage if you overfill the fluid.
If we find a problem with the color or smell of your transmission fluid during our inspection, we’ll perform a transmission flush to eliminate contaminated fluid. This can extend the life of your transmission and make it easier to shift gears.
While this additional service isn’t included in our general two-truck maintenance package, it’s a solid investment that could save you money down the line. Excess heat is one of the top causes of transmission failure and can significantly shorten your vehicle’s lifespan. While the best solution is just to avoid heat, that’s not always possible for fleet vehicles like towing trucks that carry a lot of additional weight.