The transmission for your vehicle is important. When it goes out, you will not be able to drive your car. There are some signs to be aware of if the transmission is going out.

Transmission slipping

If you’re experiencing automatic transmission slipping, there could be an issue. It can feel like you’re driving in a certain gear and then it changes for no apparent reason. The noise from the engine may change in pitch or start to sound like whining. Your car may also seem like it’s struggling. It can be suddenly underpowered, or isn’t accelerating like it should.

Rough shifts

Your car may feel like it’s refusing to change gears as it normally does. You may also notice the gear shifts aren’t very smooth. Sometimes you can feel or hear a noticeable clunk or thud when the car shifts gears. You may also notice the car has difficultly getting up to speed. If there is a delay, you will notice it before the car actually engages into drive and starts moving forward. When you shift out of park and into drive, there may be a long pause where the car revs the engine as you give it gas. The first indication is it is not moving forward as it should.

Fluid leak

Transmissions are generally sealed units that should never leak fluid. If you’ve noticed leak spots on your driveway or garage floor, lay down cardboard under your car in the front and middle to determine if they’re active leaks. If your transmission is leaking, the fluid is bright red. It can also be a dark red or brown. Before refilling any transmission fluid, factory specifications should be followed because overfilling can create a bigger transmission issue.

Transmission warning light

A warning light alone, like the check engine light, typically doesn’t mean you have a transmission problem, but if any of the above symptoms are occurring in conjunction with an illuminated warning, have it diagnosed by us. A warning light typically means the computer is generating an error code that can be checked with diagnostic equipment. If a light comes on, and starts blinking, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible so we can check it for you.


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