How To Know That Your Transmission Might Be In Trouble

20 January 2015
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Whether your vehicle is brand new or it has been around the block a few times, you might begin to notice that there are problems with your transmission. Sometimes, the problems are not super obvious so it is important to make sure that you are aware of as many of the signs as possible. This way, you might be able to have the transmission repaired before it gets any worse.

Slips When Switching Gears

Have you tried to go from drive to reverse or reverse to drive and noticed that the transmission seemed to slip a little? It is as though there was a hesitation and then possibly a jerking movement when the vehicle finally was able to take off in the selected gear. This should act as a clear indication to you that there is something wrong with the transmission. If you are not careful and you are not quick to make the proper repairs, you might find that the vehicle will eventually stop going into some of the gears altogether.

Leaking Transmission Fluid

While a small transmission fluid leak will not automatically mean that your transmission is acting up, it should be a warning sign that you need to take seriously. Whether there is a leak in one of the hoses or in the transmission itself, you need to have it repaired as quickly as possible. The main concern here is that you will accidentally forget to continue to check the fluid levels and the transmission will dry up. If you try to run a transmission without the right amount of transmission fluid in it, you could lock the unit up, causing complete system failure. At that point, the only way to fix the situation is to replace the transmission.

Burning Smells

Sure, might be numerous things that can cause the burning smell from under the hood of your vehicle. There could be a belt that is going bad. It could be that you accidentally dripped some oil onto the outside of the motor when you are were adding some and what you are smelling is that dripped oil burning off. However, it could be a sign that your transmission is burning fluid or starting to lock up. Therefore, should you notice any type of burning smell, you need to take your vehicle to professional.

As you can tell, there are some signs that you need to keep an eye out for in order to ensure that you are able to keep your transmission in perfect working order.