The transmission plays a pivotal role in the operation of your vehicle — if your transmission fails, you won’t be going anywhere! This system transfers the power that is created by the engine to the wheels, giving them the force they need to get you where you need to go. Thankfully, it’s unlikely that the transmission will suddenly stop working altogether (though it is possible) — generally you will experience some sort of trouble before a complete failure. The following are signs that your transmission may be on its way out. If you experience any of these, head to your local auto shop right away to avoid transmission shut down.
Grinding Noise When Shifting
One of the most common symptoms of impending transmission trouble is a grinding noise that occurs when you shift between gears. This issue is often related to the transmission fluid. Transmission fluid keeps the metal parts of the transmission from grinding against each other, which can cause major damage. Usually a transmission fluid flush or the addition of new fluid will solve this problem.
Popping Out of Gear
Another sign of trouble is if your transmission begins to pop out of gear. In manual transmission cars, it will usually pop into neutral, while an automatic transmission may unexpectedly shift into another gear. The latter may have to do with faulty sensor microprocessor, but it can also be caused by a lack of transmission fluid. In a manual transmission, there may be an issue with the clutch or clutch linkage that is causing this problem, so it’s important to get the issue properly diagnosed.
Elongated or delayed shifting is characterized by high engine revving when shifting gears. This occurs in cars with an automatic transmission, and it’s a sure sign that the transmission fluid is at a low level. Head to your local auto shop before your transmission runs dry, leaving your car at a standstill.
An automatic transmission fluid (ATF) leak is the most obvious sign of transmission trouble. An ATF leak can be identified by a reddish liquid that collects under your car while it is parked. As we noted above, transmission fluid is vital to the operation of the transmission, so if you see this leak get your car to the auto shop to avoid further, more costly repairs.
Regular transmission service is a great way to prevent problems down the road. Check your owner's manual to see how often these services should be completed. If you need transmission service or repair, visit the ASE certified technicians at Tommy's Hi Tech Auto. We offer extensive auto repair services for all makes and models. Give Tommy's Hi Tech Auto a call at (940) 387-0070 today to schedule quality auto repair in Denton!