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Most Common Transmission Problems


The transmission in your vehicle is a complex mechanical system that directs the power from your engine to your vehicle’s driveshaft. When the transmission is not working properly, your vehicle can be unsafe to drive, and oftentimes even rendered useless. Since the parts in your car’s transmission often suffer through more wear and tear than many other parts on your vehicle, performing proper maintenance and knowing how to recognize an indication of a problem can be extremely important.

Understanding the most common transmission problems, and knowing when to act on them, can save you big bucks at your local service center and a lot of heartache in the long run. If you are in-need of immediate assistance with transmission services in San Diego, contact us today.

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Common Transmission Problems to Watch for.

-Leaking transmission fluid: Cars don’t use transmission fluid like they do engine oil, so if you check the level of your  transmission fluid and it is low, it means there is a leak somewhere. Low transmission fluid can result in improper lubrication,  insufficient cooling of parts and possibly even irreversible damage to the parts of the transmission. Leaks can sometimes be  discovered by watching the area where you normally park, as well. Look for a clear red liquid, and report any evidence of leakage  to your mechanic right away.

-Grinding or buzzing noises: Torque converters can be the cause of a number of transmission issues. Worn or damaged needle  bearings are probably the most common type of problem that is associated with the torque converter, and when trouble arises, you  will likely know. A strange grinding or brushing noise that occurs when the vehicle is in gear is a good indication of torque  converter trouble that can cause significant damage to a transmission when not taken care of.

-Lack of response: If your vehicle fails to respond when you place it into gear, or change gears, there is likely a problem with the  transmission. Failure to respond can be caused by something as simple as
low or improper transmission fluid, or it can indicate something more serious.
Take your vehicle to a trained service professional as soon as possible to
avoid becoming stranded.

-Solenoid problems: The flow of the transmission fluid is controlled by the solenoid, and when the solenoid has become damaged,  or is not functioning properly, your vehicle’s transmission will have a tendency to slip. If you notice your vehicle’s transmission is  slipping while you are driving, and you have not seen any evidence of fluid leakage, the problem is likely something to do with the  solenoid, and should be checked out by a mechanic.

-Burnt fluid: There are a number of ways to tell if your transmission fluid is overheating. You will likely notice a strong burning  smell coming from under the hood, and when checked, the fluid will appear murky and darker in color than its usual clear bright  red. Since transmission fluid helps to lubricate the various parts of the transmission, burnt fluid is a sign of extensive friction  occurring between the parts. While this can be a simple issue like a leak, or using the wrong type of fluid, it cause significant  damage to your transmission in the long run if not properly repaired.

Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego specializes

in the sales and servicing of a wide variety of new and used vehicles, and the
team of highly-trained service professionals at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego are prepared
to assist your with all of your transmission servicing needs. Stop by 5910
Mission Gorge Road in beautiful San Diego, California to have your transmission
serviced, and while you’re there, be sure to check out the 2015 Toyota Tacoma.