A vehicle’s transmission is the component that goes through the most wear and tear compared to any other component due to the amount of heat and friction created during operation. If there is any sign of malfunction within a vehicles transmission, it’s very important to consider a maintenance checkup. What may be a small repair today could turn into a costly replacement further down the road.
The following is a list of warnings to look out for, concerning the condition of a car’s transmission. If a vehicle has experience or are experiencing any of these signs schedule an appointment for service or visit a mechanic as soon as possible to have the problem diagnosed.
If a transmission is having issues, a driver may experience a slippage feel while on the road. When this occurs it will feel as though the gears are slipping for no reason. This is usually due to a lack of pressure buildup in the transmission that is necessary for smooth operation. As the gears slip, there will be a noise change in the engine due to the slippage of gears. It could also feel a struggling with the vehicle, as if it is not accelerating as it should.
Delayed engagement while shifting is another sign of transmission troubles. When shifting a vehicle from park to drive, the gear change should respond quickly. When shifting into drive, if there is a delay before the vehicle moves or that the engine revs as pressure is applied to the gas pedal, but the vehicle does not move, there is likely an issue with the transmission.
A vehicle should also shift in a smooth, effortless fashion. A transmission defect may lead to rough and difficult shifting. For some, their vehicle will refuse to shift altogether. When experiencing difficulty shifting, the driver may feel and hear either a ‘thud’ or ‘clunk’ noise when going from gear to gear. A vehicle will also have difficulty getting up to speed.
Another sign that the transmission may be in trouble is a grinding or shaking sensation. For manual transmissions, a bad transmission may be a grinding noise or feeling when shifting. An automatic transmission problem may create a wiggling as gears shift.
If you smell a burning in your vehicle, be sure to visit a mechanic immediately. Transmission fluid can burn. This is a sign of low fluid levels or broken down fluids which is evidence of too much heat and friction within the moving parts. A simple ‘topping off of fluid’ could be an inexpensive fix for something that could cost you thousands further down the road.
Because transmission fluid cycles through the system, a leak is the number one reason for transmission failure in vehicles. The fluid does not get worked off or vaporize, so a low level is an indication of a leak. To test this, place a box under your transmission on level ground and check for liquids. Transmission fluid is red in color, or after time will take on a dark red/brown color, and will have a sweet smell. If your vehicle is leaking transmission fluid, get it to the shop right away to prevent further damage.
Check Engine Light
The final telltale sign that something is wrong with your transmission is indicated by the ‘check engine’ light. The light alone does not indicate that the transmission has failed, but if you are experiencing any of the above problems and the light is on, you should get your vehicle into the hands of your mechanic immediately.
You know how your vehicle drives. If you notice any changes in the operation, have your vehicle checked out. A small cost for a maintenance checkup could save you thousands in the end.
Come down to Montgomeryville Nissan’s service center if you’re experiencing any of these problems with your vehicle’s transmission.