Signs Your Car's Transmission Is In Trouble
An automatic transmission is a part of the car that most drivers take for granted. It works by shifting gears to transfer the engine's power to the deliver optimal acceleration under a wide range of conditions, from cruising at highway speeds to powering up mountain roads.
A transmission has hundreds of precision parts that must all work smoothly to prevent shifting problems. While today's transmissions a far more reliable than those built a few decades ago, all those parts, even though lubricated, will wear down over time.
Fortunately, complete transmission failures are rare, and most problems will have warning signs so you can take action before major damage occurs.
Trouble Shifting Gears?
A common sign of transmission problems is when the vehicle cannot be put into gear. It may be slow to shift into first gear from a stop, or not shift up when accelerating, or down again when decelerating.
Other signs of transmission problems include:
Burning smells - If the transmission fluid levels are low, or the fluid is dirty, you may notice a burning smell.
Thumping, buzzing or whining sounds - If you notice strange sounds from the transmission, have it checked out by a mechanic.
Sudden, spontaneous gear shifts - This can lead to unsafe operation and should be checked by a mechanic as soon as possible.
Hesitation when accelerating - Power from the engine is not smoothly and progressively transferring through the transmission.
Transmission fluid condition - Early warning signs of transmission trouble are often found in the condition of the transmission fluid. If the fluid is dark in color rather than light yellow/amber, or has a burnt smell, play it safe and have the vehicle checked by a mechanic.
If you're experiencing shifting problems or any of the symptoms of transmission problems listed above, schedule an appointment with Parkway Auto Care. We can help diagnose the problem and provide expert transmission repair service if necessary.