Signs My Transmission Needs to Be Serviced

One of the first signs that your transmission needs to be serviced is the check engine warning. The check engine light will turn on if the transmission sensors send error codes to the engine control unit. Generally, the transmission should be serviced every 30,000 miles. Here are other signs that your transmission needs to be serviced or repaired.

Slips Out of Gear

The transmission will slip if it is malfunctioning. This means it will shift out of gear and into neutral by itself. When this happens, you will lose significant power, your car will slow down, and the RPMs will increase substantially. You may or may not be able to get the transmission back into gear.

Won’t Shift Gears

The transmission will also refuse to shift the gears if it is malfunctioning. This means it will get stuck in one gear and refuse to go higher or lower. In addition, a transmission can also skip gears if it is malfunctioning. This can make your vehicle jerk and adjust the RPMs abnormally.

Won’t Go Into Gear

In severe cases, the transmission will become unresponsive and refuse to go into gear. Unfortunately, this means that the transmission needs to be repaired. This problem goes beyond servicing the transmission. This problem also leaves you stranded with a vehicle that cannot be driven.

Leaks Brown Fluid

If your transmission is overdue for a fluid change, the fluid will turn from red to brown. In addition, the transmission may also start to leak if the seals and gaskets have not been replaced. If you see Brown fluid on the garage floor, your transmission is overdue for service.

Overheats Constantly

Unfortunately, this fluid can damage the transmission if you don’t get it changed. In addition, it can overheat the transmission because it is no longer able to draw heat away from the moving parts. Consequently, you may smell burning odors underneath your automobile all the time.

Makes Strange Noises

If the transmission fluid is old or too low, the transmission may also grind or squeal when it shifts gears. It may also clunk when you put it into gear. If the transmission is humming while it is in neutral, it needs to be repaired. This is a sign the transmission is damaged.

Vibrates the Car

Finally, the transmission should not shake your car when it shifts throughout the gear cycle. If it does, there may be a problem with the transmission fluid or the gears. If your car vibrates when the transmission operates, it is overdue for much-needed service.

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