One of the most common yet subtle signs of needed transmission repair is when the transmission slips or hesitates; while driving, you press on the pedal and the engine revs up, but there’s no corresponding increase in speed or a hesitation between when you push the pedal and the vehicle speeds up. This can happen particularly when first starting the car on a colder morning.
You may notice that moving the gear shift into or out of gears becomes extremely difficult in a manual transmission. For automatic transmissions, the reverse gear may go out or the vehicle may slip out of gear while driving, causing the engine to roar.
If you notice a strange vibration, especially at one speed or speed range in particular, it can indicate the transmission or a transmission component needs to be repaired or replaced.
If you notice a warning light flashing on your instrument cluster — especially a light that says “O/D,” which indicates the “overdrive” gear — the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic system has registered an error with the transmission.
If you hear a clunk or thump, it’s a sure sign there’s a serious error with the transmission that requires immediate attention. If you drive a manual transmission vehicle and notice a grinding noise, it can indicate the clutch is no longer disengaging correctly.
The transmission operates at high temperatures and without the correct amount of transmission fluid to lubricate it; the transmission can overheat and fail. If you notice a chemical or burning smell call Silver Spring Automotive.
If you notice brown, red or pink puddles or leaks under your vehicle, it could be a transmission leak from a faulty gasket or seal. The experts at Silver Spring Automotive will tell you when to change your transmission fluid to help you avoid costly repairs.
Transmissions problems are costly repairs; preventative measures will protect your car from transmission damage.