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Signs of Transmission Problems – Rock Hill, SC

Reliable Transmission Service Blog

28 February 2014 Bookmark and Share

Car and truck transmissions take a lot of use and abuse during the life of your car. They are bound to start having problems at some point.  Transmission repairs can be expensive, so pay attention to your car if you start to hear, see or smell anything unusual.

If you think you have potential transmission problems, check for these signs of transmission trouble.

Doesn’t go in gear - Manual transmissions have their share of things that can go wrong. One is that the transmission refuses to budge when you push in the clutch and attempt to move the stick shift. It can happen at any point up and down the gears.

Burning smell - If smell burning transmission fluid, this may mean your transmission is overheating. Transmission fluid not only keeps the transmission's many moving parts properly lubricated, but it prevents itself from burning up.

Noisy in Neutral – If you hear strange sounds in neutral, it could be the transmission.

Gear slipping - In a normally functioning transmission, the car stays in gear, or until you or the computer initiate a gear shift.

But on a transmission in which the gears slip, the car can spontaneously pop out of the gear it's in while driving and in a manual.

Dragging clutch - A dragging clutch is one that fails to disengage the clutch disk from the flywheel when the driver pushes in the clutch pedal. When the driver attempts to shift gears, they can't because the still-engaged clutch is still spinning along with the engine. You will know this is happening because of the  grinding noise that happens with each attempt to shift.

Leaking fluid - Leaking transmission fluid is probably one of the easiest ways to identify that your transmission needs attention. Automatic transmission fluid is vital to your car's shifting capabilities, so fluid on your driveway can quickly turn into a major problem. When you check your automatic transmission fluid, make sure it's not a dark color and that it doesn't have a burnt smell. If it is, you'll need to take it to a mechanic and have it replaced.

Check Engine Light is lit - The check engine light can be a great early indicator that something is starting to go wrong with your transmission. The check engine light can come on for any number of reasons not related to your transmission as well, but don't overlook this clear warning sign.

No Response - Transmissions are designed to go into the correct gear every time, so when they hesitate or refuse to go, it's a sure sign there's something wrong.

For more information about transmissions and transmission repairs, contact Reliable Transmission Service.


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