2007 Mercedes c230 Transmission Leak Repair in Beaverton, OR
Can I use one of those things that are supposed to stop fluid leaks that I can find in the supermarket? I’ve been super curious about them and I think it is a good idea. What do you think?
We cannot recommend one of these products because they are fairly dangerous for your vehicle. Why? The fact that they block leaks means that it has the potential of clogging places that you do not want to be clogged. You might clog something like a filter or a place where a fluid is supposed to go. If you block the wrong area with one of these products then you are risking doing damage to your vehicle. If you want to make sure that this does not happen to you then you need to have your vehicle repaired correctly the first time instead of having a leak and serious damage to your 2007 Mercedes c230.
I’ve heard that transmission fluids are very specific and you have to be very careful which one you are using. Is that correct?
Yes. You have to be very careful to use the right fluid in your c230 so that you can avoid doing damage to your vehicle. You should check your owner’s manual to make sure that you have the right fluid or you can get it professionally changed to avoid those types of problems.
How do I know that I have a transmission leak? Are there signs I can rely on or am I going to have to make guesses with what is wrong with my c230?
If you have ever seen an oil puddle underneath a car or vehicle then it is highly likely that the vehicle has a transmission leak. However, color does matter here. You will likely see a red or green color because these are the colors that are typical automatic transmission fluid colors.
What happens if I ignore this problem for a while?
You might develop a symptom called transmission slipping which can happen when you are low on transmission fluid. Your vehicle will start revving when you are not trying to go faster by accelerating.
What is the most common problem causing a leak? I want to make sure that I keep on eye on the possible problem.
The transmission oil pan gasket is one of the most common things causing a transmission leak. However, your gasket could be the problem. Honestly, the transmission oil pan gasket is a common problem. You could have punctures or cracked on your pan. Finally, you could find out that you have damage on your transmission lines. Those are the most common problems and there are others possible but those are the most likely.
Alright, I keep hearing this thing is important for my c230 but I have no idea why it is important. Could you tell me why I should care?
A transmission will be either automatic or manual. An automatic transmission will adjust to the driving conditions and the amount of speed you are asking the vehicle to achieve. Obviously, a manual transmission is the reverse and you have greater control but also more responsibility. However, either system is similar in function save for who is controlling the adjustments to the driving style and/or the road conditions. A transmission receives the power from the engine. It takes that power and translates it to the driveshaft or axles in order for your vehicle to achieve the speeds you want.
How safe is it for me to drive if I have a transmission leak? Ideally, I need to hold out for as long as I can before I get a repair.
If you think that you have a transmission leak then you should not drive your vehicle. If you make your leak worse then you run the risk of losing all your fluid while driving. Obviously, this can have adverse effects on your vehicle including permanent damage to your vehicle.
What if I only have a tiny leak?
If you have a tiny leak then you should be able to drive it to the repair facility. However, you should not be driving with this problem as a long term solution. It should be driven to a repair facility as soon as you can so that you limit possible damage to your c230.
What happens if I choose to drive with a medium to large leak?
You should not drive with those kinds of leaks. You could potentially lose all your fluid and suffer a transmission failure.
I’ve heard that is called something, what is it?
It is called oil starvation.
Is there a certain time where I should be more concerned about this problem? Is there a mileage count or something where I can be smart and avoid having oil starvation or whatever?
If you do your scheduled maintenance then you can avoid a lot of the problems. Many transmission problems can be negated or avoided but doing the proper preventive care before the problem ever arises. Remember how we told you that the transmission oil pan gasket is a common problem? If you have your transmission serviced with your regular maintenance then you can catch this problem before it happens. If you are wondering what intervals are prescribed for your vehicle then you should check your owner’s manual.
How can I contact you or see you to schedule an appointment. I’d really like for you to look at my 2007 Mercedes c230.
You can call us by dialing 503-641-4525. If you would like to stop by then you can visit 10925 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005.