Routine maintenance is the key to preventing any problems with a vehicle, whether it is a luxury Mercedes or a basic point A to point B car. Every manufacturer requires different services at different intervals, these can usually be found in your owner’s manual. Mercedes has designed a specialized level of care that should be performed by by technicians who have Mercedes specified training. St. Matthews Imports in Louisville, KY on Hubbard Lane can answer all your questions and perform all necessary services, including any potential transmission leaks.
Your transmission is one of the key components of your vehicle. When your Mercedes transmission begins to leak fluid it can be extremely harmful to the overall running ability of your vehicle, as the various gears and moving parts inside your transmission are not being properly lubricated.
Below, you can learn the signs of a transmission leak, how to deal with a leak, and preventive tips to keep leaks from happening. Remember, if your transmission isn’t running smoothly your Mercedes isn’t running smoothly.
Sometimes it may be difficult to notice if your transmission is leaking fluid, but if you notice transmission problems, checking the transmission fluid level is a good starting point to discerning how serious the problem is. If the fluid level is low, you should start looking for signs of a leak. There are several things to look for if you need to search for a leak.
You may see small or large spots on the driveway that look like a light reddish fluid has dripped on the driveway. This is could be transmission fluid or power steering fluid. However, even if you don’t see any spots on the driveway, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a leak.
You may not always be able to see spots on the driveway. Your transmission fluid may be leaked under pressure, meaning that it is leaking when the vehicle running and pumping fluid. If this is the case, then you may need to look at the undercarriage of your vehicle, because the fluid is being sprayed back as the vehicle drives down the road.
You may notice that your temperature is running a little hotter than normal. That is because your engine is working a little harder and not shifting at the proper speed. Engine temperature does not guarantee that there is a transmission leak, but it can be a sign.
You may notice that your transmission shifts hard. When this happens, you will either feel a jerk when it shifts gears or the rpms will be higher than normal when it shifts. Another sign could be that once your transmission shifts, it immediately shifts backs down, causing a transmission slip.
Once you have discovered that you have a transmission leak, there are many sources the leak could be coming from. It is always best to have it checked out by a qualified professional because it could be anything from a blown seal to leaking lines or pumps. Leaking seals are often the culprit to transmission fluid leaks, but it doesn’t always mean that they are the answer. These parts are destined to wear out over time and use.
It is always best to visit a Mercedes specialized technician for any work you need on your vehicle. Because a Mercedes has specific needs, they will be better qualified to perform the routine services. Things such as checking the transmission fluid level, inspecting the look of the fluid, and draining, flushing, and rinsing your transmission system will keep all the lines open and flowing freely. They will also inspect seals and lines for any weak spots, holes, and leaks. Specialized technicians will know what to look for without guessing.
Since transmission issues are best addressed quickly, our Mercedes specialists at St. Matthews Imports in Louisville, KY will be glad to help with all your questions and concerns. Our Hubbard Lane location will be happy to schedule your appointment for service and repairs. Keep in mind that if your transmission is unhealthy, your Mercedes isn’t operating at its peak performance level, so contact us today to set up an appointment to get your Mercedes back to the smooth shifting it deserves.