Your transmission function is essential to the overall health of your vehicle. At its simplest, your transmission, manual or automatic, is what allows power from your engine to reach the wheels of your car. Due to the importance of this very necessary part, you should pay close attention to any signs or symptoms that may indicate a problem.
Thankfully, mechanical system issues usually come with distinct sounds, smells, sensations, or observable warnings. These can then be communicated to a qualified technician at your trusted auto repair shop to get you back on the road safely and quickly.
Common transmission problems
The biggest sign that your transmission needs to be brought in for a look is troublesome gears. This can include a shifting delay or a lack of response. More specifically, you may notice your vehicle won’t go into gear. Or, the gears are slipping, the clutch is dragging, or it’s difficult or rough to shift. If you have any of these experiences, be sure to get your car in right away. Additionally, be sure to share any concerns with your mechanic at your next preventative maintenance appointment.
When one or more of these issues are present, it will come with accompanying tells that may be more immediately noticeable. For example, you may notice a whining sound, clunking, or humming/buzzing. You might also experience grinding or shaking. Often times, there is a burning smell. This is likely caused by an overheating of your transmission fluid.
You may also have low transmission fluid or a leak. Automatic transmission fluid is usually red and therefore, easily spotted. Lastly, your check engine light may also pop on. Sensors are placed in multiple areas in your engine and are able to pick up on jerks and vibrations that may be missed until a larger problem exists. So, be sure to give plenty of credence to that light if it does come on.
The best thing you can do to ensure the longevity of your transmission is to make sure there is always enough fluid. Transmission fluid cools and lubricates as well as provides the pressure required to transfer power from the engine. At We Fix It, checking your fluid and topping it off when it’s too low is something we do with every oil change to help protect you and your vehicle.
You will also want to stick to the recommended transmission service maintenance schedule. This helps your transmission last longer, perform better, and reduces the number of repairs needed over the lifespan of your vehicle.
The technicians at We Fix It are highly trained and are ASE-certified. So, we know how to properly appraise the condition of your transmission and help diagnose and prevent transmission problems. When something seems ‘off’ with your vehicle, we are ready to diagnosis the problem and get it fixed while providing you with top-notch customer service. Therefore, don’t be slow to shift your attention to transmission issues!