What Are the Common Signs of Transmission Issues?

Transmission repairs are two words that terrify our customers the most (and with good reason). The transmission isn’t something that vehicle owners should take lightly. It supports the life of your vehicle by transferring power from the engine to the wheels. Unfortunately, transmission repairs can occur due to poor maintenance or old age. Fortunately, it can be easy to catch the signs early enough to avoid costly repairs. 

Here are some of the warning signs that indicate your vehicle needs transmission repairs:

  • Slow Responding or Unresponsive Transmission - Does your vehicle hesitate or refuse to stay in gear? If so, there’s a good chance you need transmission work. If there is a delay between gear shifts while you are on the road, it can put you and others in a hazardous situation.
  • Problems Changing Gears - If your transmission simply can’t stay in gear or shift gears at all, please do not drive your car. It is not considered safe to drive if you can’t have control over which gear your vehicle is in.
  • Grinding or Clunking Sounds - Transmissions don’t just cut off overnight. They usually give off audible sounds, especially when something is wrong with your transmission fluid. If you hear grinding gears coming from your car, it is best to take action by having your transmission inspected immediately.
  • Burning Smell - A burning scent is also a giveaway that something is burning under the hood. If your transmission produces too much friction, it can cause a burning smell. 
  • Leak - If your vehicle leaks an unknown substance, you should have it checked out by a professional mechanic. Transmission fluid is usually red, and it can be your transmission is without proper lubrication.
  • Check Engine Light On - This yellow dashboard warning light may make an appearance when it detects problems with your transmission. A diagnostic test can give you all the answers and reassurance you need. 

If your vehicle shows any of the signs above, please do not wait to bring your vehicle to Willy’s Transmission & Air Conditioning today.

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