What Are the Symptoms of a Bad Transmission?

The automatic transmission is a complex system that has hundreds of parts. It’s important to maintain your vehicle’s transmission to ensure that it remains functional. Failure to maintain the transmission will wear the gears and parts down and will damage the transmission beyond repair. Mechanic One Auto Repair & European Auto Repair lists the symptoms of a bad transmission below so you can have any potential problems addressed as soon as possible.

Burning Odors

Low or dirty transmission fluid will cause the transmission to overheat. You will smell hot odors coming from underneath your vehicle. An overheating transmission is a damaged transmission.

Check Engine Light

The check engine light will come on if the transmission sensors report a problem to the engine control module. Studies show that check engine warnings are almost 100 percent accurate. As such, it’s important to have any check engine warning diagnosed.

Fluid Leaks

Transmission fluid is red when it is new and brown when it is old. If you see spots of either color on your garage floor toward the center of your automobile, your transmission is leaking.

Grinding Sounds

Your transmission should never make grinding sounds when it shifts gears or when you put it into gear. It shouldn’t make squealing sounds, either, or “clunk” into gear. You should never hear your gears shift except for the changes in your engine’s RPMs.

Humming Noises

You also shouldn’t hear humming noises when your vehicle is in neutral. If you do, this is a definite sign that your transmission is going bad and needs to be serviced as soon as possible. The only thing you should hear when your vehicle is in neutral is your engine idling smoothly.

Rough Shifting

We mentioned above that your vehicle should not “clunk” into gear. You shouldn’t feel your vehicle shake or vibrate when you put it into gear and when it shifts gears, either. If you do, there is a problem with the transmission. The gear shifts should always be smooth. Your vehicle shouldn’t shake.

Shifting Trouble

Finally, transmission trouble manifests itself into many different problems shifting gears. First, you may not be able to get your vehicle into gear. Second, it may not shift through the gear cycle or it may skip gears. Third, your transmission may slip out of gear.

Mechanic One Auto Repair & European Auto Repair are European automobile experts and we have been voted the best auto repair in Canton, OH, for the last five years. Look no further for your transmission service and repair needs.

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