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Toyota Transmission Repair and Maintenance in Springfield, MO

Most drivers are aware that regular car maintenance is a must, but they often fall short of the mark when it comes to knowing what exactly needs to be maintained in a vehicle. Changing the oil and rotating the tires covers the obvious, but all too often, the transmission is overlooked.

When the transmission is neglected for too long, problems will inevitably arise, and it will generally be much too late for preventative care or maintenance. These are a few quick tips for minimizing the number of needed repairs for your transmission in the future.

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

Because every vehicle is different, it's a good idea to stick to your owner's manual when determining the frequency of transmission fluid change. The manual will outline personalized fluid maintenance instructions for your vehicle type, and you'll likely be able to find this information toward the back of the book.

When a fluid change is necessary, your vehicle will likely exhibit distinct signs. You might notice it's gradually more difficult to shift gears, or there might be a hard grind/thump as you shift in and out of gears. The transmission might jump or slip gears, and it almost might be difficult to accelerate. Odd, unfamiliar noises aren't to be ignored either.

Another indicator that might help is the transmission fluid. If the fluid is old, worn out, or discolored (dark in color), this can cause a myriad of problems. Additionally, if you drive frequently, it's recommended that you change your fluid more frequently than usual.

What are the Symptoms of Transmission that is Failing?

  • Slipping. This symptom is most commonly marked by the vehicle feeling as if it suddenly changed gears while in operation for no reason whatsoever. The car will also likely struggle to change gears or accelerate.
  • Shifting that feels rough. Changing gears is suddenly something you can "feel" in the car, and it might be accompanied by odd noises.
  • Delayed shift into drive or reverse. After starting your car, it seems to take a few moments before it recognizes that it's in drive/reverse.
  • Leaking fluid. The transmission itself is sealed and should theoretically leak no fluid at all. The fluid itself is amber or a mild, light red in color, or it could also be a darker shade.
  • Illuminated warning light. The engine light can illuminate in a vehicle for a vast number of reasons; the transmission is only one of them. However if you notice the previous symptoms paired with a "check engine" light that is either constantly illuminated or flashing, it's time to have your car serviced.

Will My Car Take Any Type of Transmission Fluid?

AC Toyota RepairThe short answer is "no." Using fluid that is not recommended for your vehicle can lead to overheating, inadequate lubrication, and even failure of the transmission. Adding the wrong fluid by accident (such as oil or windshield wiper fluid) can also render your transmission destroyed.

What Are My Next Steps?

So, you sense something isn't quite right with what you believe to be the transmission. What next? We highly recommend not attempting to diagnose your transmission troubles alone. At our dealership, we are trained and certified to pinpoint severe problems in the transmission as soon as possible to potentially prevent costly repairs down the road.

Let us help you get your car back to the way it once ran! Contact or visit us today for more information.


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3521 E Sunshine St
Directions Springfield, MO 65809

  • Phone: 844-872-4545

Service Hours

  • Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed