Issues with transmissions can be one of the most worrisome and stressful situations. These types of issues usually mean expensive repair bills. Some issues are less expensive than others, but it can be a little difficult diagnosing the issue. With that being said, here are some of the most common transmission problems that people come across.
Low Fluid and Leaks
The first common transmission issue is low fluid and leaks. Both of these are actually some of the most common reasons why a transmission fails. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to figure out if there is a leak or not. Not only will you be able to smell it, but there will usually be puddles underneath your car. When this happens, the levels will get low and you’ll probably start noticing things like hard shifting and burning smells.
The next common problem with transmissions is weird noises. A transmission that’s doing what it’s supposed to shouldn’t be making any type of noises. The good news about this issue is that you’ll know right away when noises start since the transmission is usually silent. Some of the most common types of transmission noises that start are: knocking, grinding, humming and buzzing. Just because these are the most common, though, doesn’t mean that other sounds can’t signal a transmission issue.
Another common issue is when it starts slipping gears. When this happens, not only will the sound and pitch of the engine change, but you’ll also see the RPM gauge acting weird. This will continue until the car gets the amount of pressure it needs to get back to the gear it needs to be in. This can be very dangerous to your car because the constant in and out of gear can mess up the transmission even more than it already is.
Shifting problems are similar to gears slipping but the car won’t shift gears. If it’s an automatic, then you’ll be driving along, and you won’t be able to get the car to really get going because it won’t shift gears. If it’s a manual, you’ll be able to tell because you’ll have a really hard time with the gear shift. You’ll also be able to see this on your RPM gauge because it will stay right in the same position.
Delayed Response Time
A car with a transmission that has no issues should shift immediately. When there is a delayed reaction, it will shift about 2 seconds late. A lot of times, you’ll feel a hard jerk once it does finally shift. In addition, you’ll be able to hear the delay.
If you notice any of these issues, you want to get your car into a mechanic as soon as possible. Leaving them unattended can cause some pretty serious complications and could even result in you having to buy a new car. It might be expensive to fix, but it’s going to be much cheaper in the long run!