Signs You Need Transmission Service:
Transmission Problems You Can’t Ignore
If your transmission is having issues, you may experience a slippage feel while on the road. When this occurs, it will feel as though the gears are slipping for no reason. Slipping gears is usually due to a lack of pressure buildup in the transmission that’s necessary for smooth operation. You may also notice:
- Change in engine noise
- Inconsistent acceleration
- Delayed shifting
When shifting into Drive, if you notice that there’s a delay before the vehicle moves or that the engine revs as you apply pressure to the gas pedal, but the vehicle does not move, there’s likely an issue with your transmission.
Your 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, you may feel and hear either a thud or clunk noise when going from gear to gear. Your vehicle will also have difficulty getting up to speed.
Another indication that your transmission may need service is a grinding or shaking sensation.
Smells and Leaks: Other Signs That You Need Transmission Service
Types of transmission issues may vary due to the type of transmission your vehicle uses:
- For manual transmissions, a transmission may be have grinding noise or feeling when shifting
- An automatic transmission may create a wiggling as gears shift
- A continuously variable transmission (CVT) may lurch or jerk
If you notice a burning smell in your vehicle, be sure to visit a factory-certified technician immediately. Transmission fluid can burn. The smell of burning fluid is a sign of low fluid levels or evidence of too much heat and friction within the moving parts. You may just need to “top off” your fluid levels.
Because transmission fluid cycles through the system, a leak is a common reason for car transmission service. When the transmission fluid is not properly circulating or vaporizing, a low level is an indication of a leak. If you notice red or brown fluid underneath your parked vehicle, it’s time to schedule service with a factory-certified technician.