Have you noticed that your car is acting up, such as making strange noises or handling differently than normal on the road? Or is there a peculiar smell coming from your vehicle? There might be a problem with the transmission and it needs immediate attention before it turns into an expensive repair. Learn to recognize the warning signs and visit us as soon as possible if you experience any of these issues:
Transmission won’t engage or stay in gear
If your vehicle refuses or struggles to change gears, the reason could be low transmission fluid. It might be caused by a leak, the shifter, shifter cable, or even the valve body. Newer vehicles rely on the computer to tell the transmission when to go into gear. In that case, you may need to have the computer system checked for trouble codes.
You can often smell transmission fluid burning when you exit the vehicle, even if you haven’t seen the fluid. One of the most common causes of burning smell is overheated fluid. Sometimes the smell is caused by a fluid leak or by low fluid causing a burning clutch smell. If you catch the fluid leak quickly you might be able to save the transmission from damage.
Humming, whining, or clunking noises
Some noises that come from inside the transmission usually indicate a symptom of a bad bearing, planetary gears damage, or other internal problem. A buzzing could also come from a bad internal sealing surface, a seal, or low transmission fluid due to a leak.
Leaking transmission fluid is one of the easiest problems to identify. If you notice a red/brown, sweet-smelling fluid underneath your car, let your mechanic know they need to check the transmission fluid level. The repair is likely a smaller one if you catch the problem early.
Check engine light or Transmission warning light
Some models have a specific transmission warning light, while others will have a general “check engine” light that can signal early transmission failure. It can tell that you have problems including overheating, solenoid problems, speed sensors, slipping, and many others.
Grinding or shaking sensation in gear
You shouldn’t feel any grinding, slipping, or shaking sensations as your car switches gears. When a transmission is starting to have problems they will likely become worse. It’s a time-sensitive issue, so be sure to get your car to a qualified mechanic soon.
If your transmission randomly slips once, it may just be a fluke that doesn’t require attention. However, if you notice that it is regularly slipping out of gear or loses traction this is a serious safety problem. Don’t ignore it. Bring your car into an auto repair shop.
Many problems with your transmission start off small. Do not ignore the signals, like the symptoms listed above, to avoid costly repairs. If you experience any of these automatic transmission problems give us a call or bring your car by the shop to find out the cause and ease your mind.