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Yo! My name is Adam and this is my cool new auto blog. I live with my parents in the suburbs of Sydney. It might not seem pretty cool living with your parents, but I am planning to move out soon. One massive advantage of living with my parents is that I can save a lot of money to invest in my new car. As well as the extra money in my pocket, I also benefit from lots of advice from my dad who is an auto mechanic. He has helped me to fine-tune and to add accessorises to my auto so it looks really ace.


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4 Signs Your Transmission's Brake Band Should Be Replaced

Sherri Craig

The transmission is one of your vehicle's most complex systems. It works during every drive to intelligently direct power from the engine to the wheels, and it does this by shifting through different gears.

For that to happen, a brake band is needed to block the rotation of planetary gears for enough time to allow shifts to take place. Those transmission brake bands will often last the life of a vehicle, but there's always a chance that something could go wrong. With that in mind, here are just four common signs your transmission brake band should be replaced.

1. Scratching or Grinding Sounds

Strange sounds are often one of the earliest signs that something is wrong with part of your vehicle. If you hear scratching or grinding sounds when gears are changed, the brake band is probably to blame. This happens when it is not able to properly block the planetary gear system for enough time. The harsh metal-on-metal contact that can occur when a band starts to deteriorate will increase the volume of such noises even further.

2. Jolting or Jerking

When a brake band cannot properly block the gear set, scratching or grinding noises are often accompanied by jolting or jerking. This will happen whenever the gear ratio changes, and it will tend to get worse over time. Since jerky performance can put strain on other key components, ignoring this issue only increases the risk of further problems developing.

3. Slipping Gears

When a transmission band starts to go bad, it will take a longer time to hold the drum whenever the transmission control module requests a shift. Engine RPMs will then increase without warning before dropping off again once you move from one gear to another. This is known as slipping gears, and it's an issue that is only going to grow worse over time as the band's condition continues to deteriorate.

4. Poor Engagement

Even if your transmission is still able to shift gears without slipping, this may start to take noticeably longer. Since there isn't enough tension provided by the brake band, shifts won't engage as quickly, and acceleration will start to suffer. Over time, you may start to find it harder to keep up with traffic on the highway or accelerate at speed when you need to pass another vehicle. Even worse, unpredictable performance can reduce your control of the vehicle and potentially jeopardize the safety of both you and your fellow road users.   

Contact a company like Edan Cassell Edge Automotive Pty Ltd to learn more.