If you drive a car that has automatic transmission, you may have already thought about what would happen if the transmission ever failed. Here are some fairly common signs that you probably shouldn’t ignore, as these will dearly cost you in the future.
Slippage is a common transmission problem that people tend to overlook. If your transmission is slipping, it can feel like you’re driving in a certain gear and then it changes for no apparent reason. The noise from the engine may change in pitch or start to sound like whining. Your car may also seem like it is struggling, is underpowered, or isn’t accelerating like it should.
Another problem is having rough shifts. Your car may feel like its refusing to shift gears as it normally would do, or the gear shifts aren’t really that smooth. Sometimes you may hear a clunk when the car shifts gears.
While it is impossible to say exactly what your transmission will sound like when there is trouble with the transmission, there will be a definite reaction from you, which will be “I’ve sure never heard that sound before!”. Most likely though you will hear a humming, buzzing, or whining noise. Cars with manual transmission will emit a sound that can be described as a more slightly mechanical, louder, and abrupt sounding noise.
A leak is probably the most recognizable symptom. Letting transmission fluid leak is one of the most common causes of transmission breakdown. Without transmission fluid, the engine in your car will seize up and stop working completely.
Your transmission is supposed to run smoothly without any shaking, jerking, or grinding sounds. Manual transmissions commonly indicate problems by making a grinding noise or feeling when you shift into a gear. On the other hand, automatic transmissions act a little differently. Instead of making a grinding noise, you will feel it take some time to wiggle into gear at first instead of a smooth transition.
Another common problem to be aware of is a burning smell. Any burning smell coming from your car is indubitably a cause for concern. Overheating transmission fluid is one cause of such a burning smell. Transmission fluid helps keep the parts lubricated and cooled so that they don’t get worn out or damaged.
Be mindful of your transmission problems as soon as possible, as the longer you wait, the more you’ll pay. Call Denver Transmission today at 303-478-8131.