6 Signs Of A Failing Or Damaged Transmission

Transmission problems are one of the many issues you can have when owning a vehicle. Some of them are fixed by a quick visit to the repair shop, and others require a little more repairs and time. It's common for transmission problems to start out little and grow bigger over time. If you want to know how to spot them and what signs and symptoms to look out for - read along.

Difficulty Changing Gears

Are you having a hard time switching into gears, or it takes too long for the automatic gear shift to activate? This is most commonly because of an issue in transmission. There are several reasons for that to happen, so it's best to visit a repair shop for an inspection and repair if needed.

Weird Noises While Shifting Or In Neutral

Grinding, whining, squealing, or any other noise should be coming from your transmission or center console. If there is any noise present, it's most likely that two parts are making contact, which is unwanted, especially with components that operate at high heat. We advise you to visit a repair shop ASAP.

Dark Stain On The Driveway

If you have noticed a dark oily stain on the driveway, under the center of the vehicle - that points directly to a fluid leak. You can be certain that it's coming from the transmission if it has a red hue. This can be caused by a crack in the metal or broken seals. 

Check Engine Light

Despite its name, the check engine light comes on for a few other reasons than a problem with the engine. One of them is the transmission, and if an issue is detected, you will be notified by the check engine light coming on.

Clutch Pedal Feels Weird

An unresponsive or spongy pedal is one of the signs of a bad clutch. It can be caused by low liquid levels, braking parts, or oil buildup. An inspection by a mechanic and repair if needed, can extend the transmission's lifespan.

Fluid Color Changed

If you notice the transmission fluid changing color, we have bad news. Its normal color should be red - if any problems or parts are breaking, the color changes to a very dark red or black/brown. You can check the fluid level and color using the dipstick located somewhere in the engine bay.

Keep in mind that modern cars can have transmission problems that can be caused by other problems detected by the onboard computer. If a system fails or other dependent parts break, it can result in weird transmission behavior. 

If you don't want to take a risk by guessing or just want it done professionally, we are here to help. Our team is ready to help you with all vehicle problems, big or small, so you don't have to think twice - visit us at 515 Motorsport, and we will be happy to help!   

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