How Do You Know If There’s Trouble With Your Vehicle’s Transmission?

Whether you own a car or a truck, your vehicle can't survive if the transmission stops working. This part of your vehicle transmits the engine's power to the tires and is responsible for changing gears so that movement is possible. Without it, the vehicle isn't going anywhere. Transmission trouble is sometimes costly, which is why you need to remain alert and pay attention to the following things so you can have problematic issues inspected before your vehicle no longer moves.

Reddish Puddles

You don't need much experience with vehicle maintenance to know that a puddle means something is leaking. You'll know if it's transmission fluid because of the deep red hue. Fluid is vital for the functioning of the transmission so if you suspect leaking, see a professional.

Noisy Neutral Gear

An immediate way to determine a transmission problem is to put your car into neutral gear. The vehicle should run silently, but weird sounds (like buzzing) in this gear are generally related directly to the transmission. If you shift to something else, a loud clunk is another signal of something wrong.

Slipping Gears

Another situation that should send you right to the auto repair shop for transmission help is slippage of your gears as you're rolling down the road. If you've been driving and all of a sudden it feels like you've shifted the vehicle into a lower gear--and you haven't--transmission trouble is the probable cause.

Lag in Movement

If you have started your vehicle and shifted into "drive,"f you know how long it takes for motion to happen. If you find that you're now pressing the vehicle's gas pedal and for some reason it's taking even a bit longer to move than you expect, that could be a transmission-related event. Anything other than a smooth transition should ring bells in your head.

Burning Odor

You might not have a leak, but if you detect a faint burning odor as you drive or right after you park, something could still be amiss with your transmission. Burning odors usually indicate inadequate fluid supply; if that's the case and you've already looked around for leaks and found none, your transmission could be using the fluid too quickly and heating up too fast. That is a problem which needs further investigation, so a mechanic visit should be scheduled.

A keen eye and periodic monitoring can keep your vehicle's transmission going. Ask a repair shop, like Automotive Transmission Engineering Corp, for more information about your vehicle's transmission.