4 Signs Your Car Transmission Might be Failing

Your cars transmission is one of the most essential and most misunderstood components in your vehicle. The transmission is a mechanical component the transmits power from the engine to drive axel, which makes the wheels drive the vehicle. If the transmission fails, goes out, or breaks down, your car isn’t driving anywhere. Replacing a transmission can be costly but if you catch a problem early enough you might be able to save it, and your wallet from going broke.

Signs Your Car Transmission

In this article, we will talk about the early warning signs of transmission failure in hopes that you can catch it before it’s too late.

Rough Shifts

When driving your car, your gears should shift smoothly and silently. If your transmission is having an issue, you will start to notice a vibration or hesitancy when going to shift gears. A “clunk” or “thud” sound might also be noticeable during shifting motions. You might even notice your gears refusing to shift at all. If any of these things sound familiar, it’s time to take your car in for a visit to your local mechanic.

Leaking Fluid

This can be a tricky one. Not all fluid that leaks is a sign of a transmission problem. There are many things that can cause fluid to leak from your vehicle. What you are looking for here is fluid that looks black or dark brown from exposure to high temperatures. If you notice fluid leaking form your car that is this color it’s time to bring it in for service.

Burning Smell

Any burning smell coming from your vehicle is a cause for concern. Overheating transmission fluid is one of the causes for this burning smell. Transmission fluid helps keep the parts of the transmission lubricated, and free from debris and sludge. If the fluid brakes down due to a leak, or low fluid levels, you can damage he transmission completely. That’s why it is important to check fluid levels if you notice any heat or burning smell coming from your car.

Transmission Warning Light

It’s normal for your check engine light to go one in the event of an issue with your car. From a loose gas cap to a mechanical issue, your warning light system is letting you know somethings up. Your check engine light going on doesn’t mean it’s your transmission, but if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms along with it, get your car in to see your service technician as soon as possible.

Having a regular maintenance schedule for your vehicle will keep problems from arising before they become bigger issues. Call and schedule your regular maintenance check up with Accountable Auto Care. We are offering a free comprehensive maintenance inspection for the month of May when you come in for regular maintenance. We even offer a free check engine light scan with this service.

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4 Responses to 4 Signs Your Car Transmission Might be Failing

  1. Hannah Schroeder September 21, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

    I’m glad you talked about how clunking noises when you shift might mean that there’s something wrong with the transmission. I was driving my boyfriend’s stickshift to the grocery store the other day, and I thought it sounded strange when I shifted. Maybe I should take it to a car repair shop just to make sure there’s nothing wrong with the transmission.

  2. Theodore Winston October 5, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

    I understand that suspicious leaks could mean damage to your car’s components. I didn’t know that smell could also be a way to determine a situation as well. I wonder as I’ve noticed that my car has started leaking and would like to know what might cause the problem. Thanks for the great tips!

  3. Kayla October 11, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    Thanks for these tips. I think my car’s transmission is failing. I am now looking up some auto repair shop to have it repaired.

  4. Elsa Anderson November 22, 2017 at 11:31 pm #

    It’s interesting to learn that when there’s a burning smell in a vehicle it could potentially be the transmission running out of transmission fluid which can lead to damages. I just recently noticed a mild burning smell in my vehicle and I thought it was the AC. It’s good to know that it could potentially be something bigger. I’ll be sure to take it to an auto service ASAP then. Thanks for the informative read about some signs that the transmission might be failing!

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