As your transmission begins to fail there will be warning signs that you want to pay attention to. Because the transmission is the hardest working component of any vehicle, the likelihood of wear and tear is high due to the heat and friction caused by the moving parts during operation. Having your vehicle checked out at the first sign of trouble could save you a lot of money in the future. It will also make your vehicle much safer
to be in. If you experience or are experiencing any of the following problems with your vehicle, it could be that the transmission is sending you signals to get your car looked at.
Check Engine Light
The first sign that there may be something wrong with your transmission is an illuminated ‘check engine light’. However, the light does not automatically mean that the issue is within your transmission. If you are experiencing any of the following problems while the check engine light is on, you’ll want to visit your mechanic or service center for a diagnostic.
The biggest reason for transmission failure is a leak in the system. Without the necessary amount of fluid in the transmission, many issues will occur that will soon lead to a break down. If you notice anything out of the norm during your travels, place cardboard under your engine. Transmission fluid is red in color. If you notice any fluid on the cardboard, get to a mechanic immediately for repairs.
You may also sense a burning smell if your transmission is on the fritz. If you ever sense a burning smell in your vehicle, get into a shop right away. If the smell is coming from your transmission, it could be due to low levels of fluid.
When transmission troubles set in, many drivers will experience problems with shifting. For manual transmissions, drivers may deal with a grinding while changing gears, while automatic transmissions will cause the vehicle to wobble and shake when shifting gears.
Delayed engagement is another reason you may need new transmission parts. When shifting from park to drive (or reverse) your vehicle should respond immediately with movement. Transmission problems will cause a delay (usually 1.5 – 2 seconds) before your vehicle will start to move.
Another problem you may face with transmission troubles is gear shifting. This occurs when you are driving, and it feels as though the gears are changing. Because of a lack of pressure in the transmission, your vehicle is unable to hold the correct gear. At that time, your transmission will work to build the pressure back up, allowing your vehicle to then ‘slip’ back into the correct gear…until it loses pressure again.
You also want to take notice of any harsh sounds or ‘feels’ when shifting. Your vehicle is designed to shift smoothly and effortlessly. A bad transmission may be accompanied with a ‘thud’ or ‘clunk’ sound as you change gears. When experiencing transmission problems, some vehicles refuse to change gears altogether, which also results in difficulty getting up to speed.
If your vehicle is giving you any of these warning signs, see a mechanic or schedule an appointment at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego Service Center as soon as possible. Your transmission is most likely on the decline and the longer you wait, the more problems will accrue and your wallet will pay the price in the end.