Signs of Transmission Trouble
Transmission problems can take several forms. Each symptom may have a number of possible causes, some requiring extensive repairs while others need only an adjustment or minor service. A systematic checkup by a professional is the best way to isolate the cause of the operating problems and recommend the most effective solution.
Do You Have Any of These Symptoms
Engine Light On – Is your dashboard light prompting you to “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon”?
Strange Noises – Your car makes clicking, knocking, screeching, buzzing, whistling, clanking, or grating noises. Unusual sounds can come from hood or rear of car and may include a hum or low whine.
“Morning Sickness” – When the vehicle is cold, is your car unable to move or does it shift late during the first few minutes of operation?
Slipping - Is your engine racing but your vehicle moves slowly or won’t accelerate as it should?
Stalling – Vehicle stalls or is slow to accelerate.
Doesn’t Go – Do you place the shift lever in ‘Drive’ and nothing happens? Does even racing the engine not work?
No Reverse – Does your vehicle not move when a shift lever is placed in Reverse?
Leaks – Are their fresh fluid stains under the vehicle?
Loss of Power – Passing Will the gear not engage? Is there no surge of power when you press the pedal to the floor?
Erratic or Improper Shifting
Shift Handle Stuck/Sticks – Shift handle is hard to move into or out of any position.
Vehicle Moves (or Jerks) in Park or Neutral
Strange Smell – Burnt or rancid odor is coming from under the hood or underneath a vehicle.
Shift Indicator Off – The indicator must be slightly off (P) or (N) to start the car. Shift indicator doesn’t point to the proper range.
Metal Shavings or Debris – Inspection or transmission service reveals excessive amounts of debris in the transmission pan.
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