Most Common Transmission Problems
Your vehicle’s transmission is responsible for transferring power from your engine to the driveshaft, which gets the wheels of your car turning. It’s essential to the functioning of your vehicle, which is why you need to keep it in the best possible condition.
Learn some of the most common transmission problems to make sure your drives in Gulfport, Long Beach and Biloxi can continue without issue. The more you know, the better equipped you are to diagnose and fix any problems as they arise.
Leaking or Low Fluids
Leaks and low fluid levels are some of the most common transmission problems. Luckily, they’re easy to recognize. Fluid keeps the transmission well-lubricated and helps transfer power, so without it, the transmission cannot do its job and may even risk irreparable damage.
Transmission fluid should be a bright, clear red and smell sweet. If it’s dark or burnt, you need to have the fluid changed or flushed. If you use the dipstick to read the fluid level and it’s too low, you should top off the fluid and, if it gets low again soon, have your system checked by a professional for leaks.
Grinding gears mean different things, depending on whether you drive with a manual or automatic transmission. It’s more likely to happen if you drive manual, as it’s a common sign that your car’s clutch or gear synchronizers have worn out and need to be replaced.
Because automatic transmissions don’t require driver input to change gears, grinding gears are much less likely. If you do notice a grinding sound, have it checked out by a trained technician. Automatic transmissions can get less smooth as they age, which may lead to odd noises and a shaking sensation when you switch gears.
Your transmission should stay in the gear it’s already in until the driver (manual) or computer (automatic) performs a shift to change gears. If your transmission is slipping in and out of gears, your transmission problem is also a potential safety hazard. You’ll often hear a noise or change in pitch when this happens.
You may also notice your transmission taking longer to switch gears. If you shift from park to drive, but there’s a long lag until the car actually starts moving, your transmission isn’t transitioning in the way it’s supposed to.
If you have any problems related to a slipping transmission, it’s not a good idea to continue driving, as you have less control over how the vehicle is moving. Have a certified technician examine your transmission as soon as possible.
Schedule Transmission Repair at Pat Peck Honda
If you think you’re having any of the most common transmission problems, schedule an appointment for transmission repair at our service center. The technicians at Pat Peck Honda know their way around both manual and automatic transmissions, and they’ll have your car fixed up and ready for the roads of Biloxi, Long Beach and Gulfport in no time! Contact us today for all your automotive needs.