The raging debate on which is better between the manual stick shift driven car and the automated one always elicits different reactions among drivers. Over time, the transmission systems in vehicles have changed from manual to automatic especially in luxurious vehicles models. The Porsche, for its part, has a sophisticated internal transmission system that enables the car to handle speeds impressively, a factor that has contributed greatly to its success in the market.
Functions of the Internal Transmission
The transmission system is made up of a gearbox, several shafts that control the front and rear wheels, and a clutch. The transmission is responsible for the turning of the wheels at particular speeds as a direct result of the fuel burning in the engine. The transmission is therefore directly involved in increasing the speed at which the engine turns in order to increase the speed of the rotation of the wheels and vice versa. The transmission also increases and decreases the torque as the speed varies.
Causes of Transmission Problems
Transmission problems in your Porsche can frustrate your driving experience and make it unpleasant to drive your otherwise perfect ride. The most common causes of transmission problems are:
The transmission system has a number of components working together to ensure that the car moves exactly as the driver needs it to. When any of these parts break down, then transmission is not able to operate smoothly as a result of lack of communication between the involved parts. The parts that commonly cause such issues include the solenoid, which can malfunction due to low levels of transmission fluid. Additionally, the torque converter, whose needle becomes worn out over time, is also often a major culprit when the internal transmission of your Porsche fails.
The clutch can also develop problems, which in turn causes the solenoid to lock and this directly affects the amount of transmission fluid that gets into the torque converter. This affects the output of the transmission system.
Low levels of transmission fluid
Other than the problems that arise from the breakdown of the parts, low levels of transmission fluid also cause poor performance by the transmission system. These low levels can be brought on by leakage due to broken seals.
Contamination of the transmission fluid
This happens especially when the coolant found in the radiator finds its way into the transmission fluid and creates a situation commonly referred to as cross-contamination.
Signs of Transmission Problems
Some of the symptoms that you will notice in your Porsche when the internal transmission has a problem include:
Slipping is the term used to describe the situation where the gear changes while you are driving all on its own. It could be that your car starts to accelerate when you were driving slowly or decelerate when your intention was to accelerate.
When you need your car to accelerate but there is even the slightest hesitation and the engine revs before it actually picks up the speed, that is an indication that the transmission has a problem.
When the transmission fluid gets really low and the components that form the transmission system become worn as a result, you may hear some clunking noises coming from the car when you try to increase the speed in your Porsche.
Transmission fluid is usually a shade of red-brown color. If you notice a pool or spots of liquid under your car around the front going on to the middle then there is a chance the transmission fluid is leaking.
Rough gear shifts
Shifting from gear to gear in the Porsche should ideally be barely noticeable, so if you begin noticing jerky or halting shifts, then it’s likely that you have a problem in the transmission.
In the event that you observe any of the signs that have been listed above, you should take your car into an auto shop so that a qualified technician can have a look and sort out the problem as soon as possible.
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