How do you know if your transmission needs repair? Do you notice any unusual sounds or smells? Does the car seem sluggish or unresponsive? Other than the ‘Check Engine’ light, your car will exhibit several symptoms you can’t afford to ignore. It is important to learn these signs and learn how your car behaves when it is in duress. Waiting too long to seek out an expert can lead to costly repair which is why you should schedule a checkup with the experts at Advanced Transmission Center as soon as possible. With over 30 years of automotive experience, you are guaranteed to get the best and most reliable service the first time with Advanced.
One of the most common signs of an aging transmission is leaking. It doesn’t necessarily mean there is a problem with the transmission, but if left untreated a leak will lead to serious problems. Transmission fluid keeps the gears inside your transmission lubricated and running smooth. If you notice red fluid on your driveway or garage floor, call your local repair shop as soon as possible.
Have you ever noticed a burning smell after a getting out of your vehicle? This could be an indication of old or low transmission fluid as well as excessive friction or particulate trapped inside the transmission. You can try adding more fluid, but chances are it’s time for a check-up or a flush.
You should be checking your transmission oil on a regular basis. If you’re not sure where your transmission fluid dipstick is, refer to your user manual. Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean with a lint-free rag, and reinsert it. When you remove it again, check the height of the fluid line against the notches on the stick. Also, check to see if it is dirty by touching it and running it between your fingertips. It should be clear and pinkish. If you notice particles in the oil or if it appears cloudy, contact your mechanic.
Learn how to listen to your car. Unusual noises can be a bad sign. Clunking, grinding, buzzing, and whirling sounds could indicate any number of issues but listen carefully to the area below your center console, especially when the car is in neutral.
A transmission problem can manifest itself physically with compromised performance. Does your car hesitate when shifting or changing gears? Does it slip out of gear or change gears erratically? Does the whole car lurch or jerk forward when changing gears? In a manual transmission, grinding is often a sign of a worn clutch or worn teeth inside the transmission. In an automatic, when the whole car starts to shimmy, it’s time to visit your repair shop.