4 Surefire Warning Signs You Need A Transmission Repair

Having to replace the transmission in your vehicle can be very expensive. It can cost up to $2,500 depending on what you drive.

Repairing your transmission costs far less if you do it at the first sign of trouble, and could save you from having to replace your transmission. Knowing the following warning signs, and taking action right away will prevent possible major problems.

Don’t hide your head in the sand. Take you vehicle to the repair shop soon as these sign appear.

Here are 7 warning signs that you need a transmission repair. Remember the key is to take action as soon as they appear.

1-Car Shakes When the Gears Shift (for both manual and automatic transmissions)

Normally functioning transmissions keep your ride smooth during gear shifts. Automatic transmissions that shift hard, jerk or shake during a shift change may mean your transmission fluid needs changed or fluid level is low. In manual transmission vehicles, abnormal gear shifts could indicate damaged gear synchros, worn clutches or other, more severe issues.

2-You Can Smell Fluid Burning

Extremely hot transmission fluid has a distinct, acrid smell that does not smell like burning oil but more like burning rubber. Burning transmission fluid indicates a leak that is dripping onto hot engine parts or seriously dirty fluid that needs drained and replaced with new transmission fluid. Running your car with old, contaminated transmission fluid is just as harmful to the engine and transmission as never changing the oil.

3-Noises in Neutral

If you suspect your transmission needs attention, trying putting your car in neutral and listening for unusual whining, groaning or ticking noises. Wear and tear on parts such as bearings or gear teeth often cause noises that indicate a failing transmission.

4-Slipping Gears

Healthy transmissions keep your car in one gear until you decide to change the gear. When your transmission “slips”, it may show an RPM of 3500+ or take a long time to coast. Additionally, your vehicle may seem to delay accelerating when you press on the gas, which is an indication that it is not transmitting enough power to the engine’s internal combustion part. Transmission slips could also result from broken or worn out bands.

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  • Douglas Brown

    Well I am grateful to read that at least the first 4 are not a problem for my current car. With regards to the first point listed–about the car shaking during shifts–I don’t know if its the car having the problem or the road. It isn’t a very intense shake, and happens infrequently, so I never can tell which it is. Either way, I think at this point it wouldn’t hurt to at least go get it checked out soon.

  • McKayla Strauss

    Now that I think about it, I have noticed the gears slipping a little while I’m out driving. It’s not super noticeable, but it does take a little longer for my car to shift between the first and second gear. Hopefully I can get that into a shop before the weekend to have that checked out. I’d much rather pay a small repair fee than have to replace the whole transmission.

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