If your car or truck is making odd noises and shifting improperly, you probably have a transmission problem. If there is a noise or sound that is out of the norm, always make sure to bring the vehicle in. Having the issue fixed at the first sign can help save you time, money, and stress in the long run. It will also help ensure the vehicle is operating properly when you need to drive. If the vehicle is out of the norm, that is an indication of an issue in one way, shape, or form. By having the vehicle brought in on a regular basis, you can help maintain and keep the vehicle working efficiently when you drive.
If your car is shifting for no apparent reason, there could be a transmission issue. If the engine starts making a whining noise, you may have problems with is slipping. RPM readings of above 3,500 or a delay in acceleration can indicate a transmission is slipping. This is caused by low transmission fluid, worn bands, or worn gears.
Sometimes a car will refuse to change gears or will not shift smoothly. If you hear a clunk or feel a hard shift when changing gears, your transmission may be in the beginning stages of failure. Any delayed response in acceleration or movement may be an indication your vehicle is having problems.
Transmission Fluid Leak
Transmissions are sealed units and should never leak. If you notice a bright or dark red spot beneath your car, lay down some cardboard beneath the car. You can determine if the leak is active. Also check the color of the fluid. Fluid that is a dark brown or black, means temperatures are too high and you need to get your transmission inspected.
Loud Clunking and Whining
Sometimes, car problems present themselves very subtly. When the manual or automatic transmissions are giving you trouble, you will hear it. If you are hearing unusual noises such as whining, buzzing or humming, your transmission may be the source of the problem.
Check Engine Light
This one seems obvious, but the check engine or service engine soon light often goes ignored. The sensors in the car’s engine might pick up on unusual activity from the transmission you can’t detect. Failing to address this problem with it early on. Make sure that you schedule an appointment and bring the vehicle in.