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6 Warning Signs of Transmission Trouble

Your car's transmission is one of its most important components. It ensures the right amount of power is transferred to your wheels at any given speed. Transmission problems make driving unsafe and can be very expensive to repair. If you notice any of these warning signs of transmission trouble, please call us at (314) 965-5100 to schedule an appointment.

Leaking Fluid
One of the most obvious signs of a transmission problem is leaking transmission fluid. The fluid is critical to keep your transmission lubricated. Transmissions are closed units that should not leak if they're working correctly. If you notice a dark or bright red spot under your vehicle, it's likely you have a transmission fluid leak.

Place a piece of cardboard under your car to determine whether the leak is active. If the fluid is black or dark brown, it indicates high temperatures. Leaks are a common reason transmissions completely break down. A leak can quickly lead to a more expensive transmission problem. Have your vehicle repaired right away.

Burning Smell
Not only does transmission fluid keep your transmission lubricated, it also provides cooling, which is needed to keep the unit from burning up. A burning smell is a warning sign that your transmission is overheating. It's vital to have your transmission inspected by a mechanic if you notice a burning smell.

Check Engine Light
Many people ignore their check engine light, but it's not a good idea. The check engine light on your dashboard is an indicator that something has gone wrong with your car. It turns on to signal a number of problems, including transmission issues. If your check engine light is on, have your car inspected right away.

Transmission Slipping
If your automatic transmission seems to shift gears randomly, it's a red flag. You may be driving and feel the transmission shift gears without warning. You may also have trouble accelerating. Spikes in RPM readings or delayed acceleration are warning signs that your transmission is slipping.

Shifting Delay
Your vehicle should normally shift gears smoothly, without any hesitation or delay. A lack of response when you shift gears indicates a problem with your transmission. With a manual transmission, you may hear the engine rev up, but the vehicle won't move quickly. If you have an automatic transmission, the car may hesitate to move into Park or Drive.

Shaking or Grinding
If you have a manual transmission, commons signs of trouble are grinding sounds or a jerky feeling when you shift gears. Grinding noises after you engage the clutch and shift may indicate that your clutch needs repair. With an automatic transmission, instead of hearing grinding sounds, you may feel shaking or jarring when the gears shift.

If you observe any of these warning signs, don't wait for the problem to go away on its own. Transmission problems will continue to get worse if they're not addressed. Have your car serviced as soon as possible-just call us at (314) 965-5100 or to schedule an appointment online click here. It will save you time, trouble, and further damage to your vehicle.



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