As I get older I am even more aware of the small changes in my body and how they affect my abilities. Just as our bodies give us clues that there might be something wrong, our car’s transmission will give us signs there might be problems. I’ve listed here five clues that your car might have transmission problems.
The easiest clue to help us spot possible transmission problems is leaking transmission fluid. Automatic transmission fluid is essential to keep your car shifting properly. Transmission fluid is bright red, clear and smells sweet when everything is working correctly. Unlike motor oil, transmission oil isn’t burned up when it’s used, so if you are low on fluid, it has to be leaking somewhere. It’s a good idea to have your transmission fluid checked at least twice a year, just to be safe.
Another clue there might be transmission problems is when you are starting your car. A transmission in need of repair will have trouble turning over or may stutter before turning over. If this is the case, it could be a simple problem like moisture in the electrical wires or a bigger problem in the transmission. Have your mechanic test the electrical system and the transmission if you notice these clues.
Every car is built differently and emits different sounds while the engine is running, but usually clunking, whining or humming is a clue there might be problems. If you notice a sound that you haven’t heard before, have your car checked out by a professional. Just as your car shouldn’t make unusual noises it shouldn’t be grinding or shaking either!
Your car shouldn’t grind or shake when you start it or while it’s changing gears. Both are signs that your transmission needs attention. If you notice anything besides a smooth transition between gears, then you might have transmission problems.
The check engine light is the quickest way to alert you to any problems in your engine. Most cars use electrical and computer systems to monitor the proper functioning of the transmission. If the check engine light comes on, check if there are other clues to help you assess if the problems you’re having are related to your transmission. If you’re in doubt, take your car to a trusted and qualified mechanic to determine whether or not your transmission is in need of service.
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