Signs You May Have a Bad Transmission

August 31st, 2017 by

While every part of your vehicle is important to ensure a smooth ride, one of the most crucial areas is the vehicle’s transmission. The smoothness of your ride depends highly on the functionality of your transmission system. If not regularly checked, small transmission problems can cause major losses in the long run. So, what are the signs indicating a faulty transmission? Keep on reading to learn some of the most common indications that a transmission service is needed.

Warning Lights

The good thing about modern vehicles is that we can easily tell when something is not right. The vehicles have computer systems that have sensors to notify users about possible problems before they become major. If your check engine light comes on, you’ll want to take your car into a shop as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your engine.

Leakage of Transmission Fluid

One of the most common causes of transmission problems is leaking transmission fluid. The transmission fluid is an integral part of the entire transmission process in a vehicle; hence, any leakage can cause problems. If you notice traces of a bright liquid that has a sweet smell on your driveway or parking area, this is a bad sign. The transmission fluid might be leaking due to:

  • Wearing out of gaskets or seals
  • Pan leak
  • Lack of balance in the drive shaft
  • Faulty connection of cooler lines
  • Dysfunctional bell housings
  • Worn out transmission mounts, engine or axles

Checking transmission fluid levels is a simple but very crucial task. This is something you can do on your own using the dipstick. To find out whether the transmission fluid is in good shape, pull out the dipstick while your car is running. (don’t turn off the engine) Then, rub the fluid between two fingers to check whether it has an almost clear or pinkish color.  If the color is not close to this or has a burnt smell, then you need to consider a fluid change. If the transmission fluid is clear but doesn’t reach the “Full” line on the dipstick, use a funnel to pour just enough transmission fluid down the dipstick tube to reach the line. Don’t overfill, and check your owner’s manual to find out which type of fluid your vehicle requires.

Disturbing Noises

The transmission of a vehicle is meant to be noise free. If you happen to experience some consistent noise during your drive, then this is a sign your transmission might be having issues. For a manual transmission, you will notice some grinding noise once you fully engage a clutch and shift. This may be an indication that you have a worn-out clutch or it requires some adjusting. For an automatic transmission, you will notice some roughness when the car is shifting gears. An automatic car is supposed to have a smooth transmission such that you do not notice gear shifts during acceleration or deceleration. If you notice noticeable gearshifts or humming sounds during your drive, then you need to have your vehicle’s transmission checked.

Unpleasant Smell

A vehicle’s transmission fluid usually has a sweet smell. If you notice some burning odor in your vehicle, then this is a major indication that your transmission is not in good shape. You might need to replace your transmission fluid soon before you suffer major damages to your vehicle.

The Vehicle Skips

If you notice some unusual delay whenever you try to accelerate, it might be a problem with your transmission system. According to how modern vehicles are designed, acceleration should be smooth and effortless. If you are noticing some difference between the engine activity and the vehicle’s movement, consider checking your clutch -if you are using a manual vehicle. You will notice some delays when the vehicle is in “drive” or “park” mode if you are using an automatic vehicle.

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