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 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, 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 onboard diagnostic system has registered an error with the transmission.
If you hear a clunk or thump, it’s a sure sign of a serious transmission error 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.
Transmission problems are costly repairs; preventative measures will protect your car from transmission damage.
Please call us to make an appointment if you have any automotive needs. Please plan on dropping off your vehicle and not waiting at our location for it to be finished.
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