Transmission repair is an unpleasant – but inevitable – fact of life, if you own your car long enough.
Fortunately, your transmission may not need to be rebuilt or replaced, if you catch the problem early enough. If you notice any of the following warning signs, beat feet to a qualified transmission repair specialist in your area, for the best chance of avoiding an expensive automotive repair bill!
Problems with Gears
One of the most common signals that your manual transmission needs attention is gears problems. You may notice your vehicle is difficult when you put it into gear or when you are shifting gears. Or, your car might pop out of gear or shift on its own while you’re driving.
If you have an automatic transmission, you may feel the car jerk, slip, or bang when it shifts gears.
Manual transmissions may display this symptom as well and, in many cases, it’s accompanied by a grinding sound during gear changes. You may also have trouble sliding the shift lever into place on specific gears.
Noise and Fluid Issues
Do you hear unusual sounds while you’re driving?
Clunking, buzzing, whining or other alien-like noises can signal a problem with the transmission. Noises may also indicate a minor problem that could turn into a major problem if left unattended.
Although other issues can cause your vehicle to make odd noises, you’ll be money (and time) ahead if you have it checked out as soon as you notice the problem.
Automatic transmission fluid should have a very clean and clear appearance. When checking transmission fluid, be sure to consult your owner manual for proper procedure. If your fluid is dark or has a burnt odor, visit your mechanic shop.
The burning smell will usually be most obvious when you get out of the car after driving for a while. A puddle of fluid on your driveway is another warning sign that you need to visit your local auto mechanic shop, particularly if the fluid is dark and cloudy instead of its normal clean and clear appearance.
It goes without saying but, if your transmission warning light comes on, take your car to the shop immediately.
Before you panic, remember that the warning light may not indicate a major problem. The light – just like the “check engine” light – may mean that your vehicle’s computer needs to be checked or that your transmission is due for regular service.
Transmission repair shops have diagnostic equipment that can evaluate the vehicle and determine exactly what the warning light is telling us. Hopefully, it’s nothing more than a low level of fluid but – all together now – it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Tip Top Transmissions proudly serves the automotive repair needs of the Salt Lake City area. Stop by today and let us take a look at your car. The longer you wait, the bigger the problem can become if you really do need transmission repair.