Your vehicle’s transmission system assists with shifting gears, which provides power to your wheels and gets them to the desired speed. When your transmission malfunctions, you’ll likely notice a variety of unusual issues, and your car may even stop running entirely. Here’s what you should watch for.
4 Signs You Need Transmission Repairs
1. Odd Odors
When your transmission operates correctly, you shouldn’t smell anything out of the ordinary. If you notice a persistent burning odor when you start your vehicle, the transmission fluid may be burning due to low levels. Without enough fluid to keep it lubricated, the transmission will overheat due to excessive friction, which can cause extensive damage if not addressed promptly.
2. Strange Sounds
You shouldn’t hear much more than a dull roar from your vehicle at any given time if it has an automatic transmission. A whining noise can indicate low fluid levels, which is an easy fix. However, if you constantly hear whining, humming, buzzing, or clunking noises, these typically indicate a more serious issue such as a damaged torque converter, gear mechanism, or turbine shaft. In a vehicle with a manual transmission, it may signify a worn clutch.
3. Fluid Leaks
Transmission fluid has a bright red or orange color to it, which makes it easy to spot beneath your vehicle. Unlike oil, it’s unusual for transmission fluid to leak, and when it happens, there’s most likely a crack in the pan, drain plug, seals, fluid line, or torque converter.
4. Delayed Response
In general, when you shift gears with an automatic transmission, the change should be practically imperceptible. If your gears fail to shift immediately, known as transmission slipping, the problem may be due to a minor issue such as low fluid levels or a clogged filter. It can also mean the solenoid, which regulates the flow of transmission fluid, is failing due to an electrical issue.
Whether your car needs routine maintenance or repairs, keep the transmission fully functional with assistance from Madison Muffler and Auto. This family-owned and -operated auto repair shop has helped Lake County, OH, drivers for over 50 years, and their ASE-certified mechanics will diagnose the issue quickly. Call (440) 428-2677 to get a free estimate on same-day services, and visit them online to learn more about how they can help you. Text (440) 399-7577 for information about specials.