3 Common Signs Of A Bad Transmission Solenoid


An automotive transmission consists of several components that work together to ensure that the transmission can do its job. Every automatic transmission has several transmission solenoids, which open and close and control the flow of transmission fluid to ensure that the gears shift properly. Transmission solenoids can wear old due to lack of transmission maintenance or high mileage, and when one or more solenoids have failed, the transmission won't function properly. Luckily, bad transmission solenoids can be replaced, which should solve any issues that your transmission is having. Some common signs that your transmission has one or more bad solenoids include:

Gear Shifting is Delayed

Over time, an auto owner gets used to how his or her car runs and how the transmission shifts gears. Typically, you will be able to notice when your transmission smoothly shifts into the next gear to accommodate the speed of the car. However, when a transmission solenoid is bad, you will likely notice that there is a delay in gear shifting. If one or more solenoids have failed, the transmission can take much longer than normal to shift to the next gear, which can make driving your car more difficult. Any time you notice a delay in gear shifting, it is best to have your car checked out and repaired at a reputable transmission repair shop.

Gears Stuck in Neutral

Since transmission solenoids play a role in your transmission shifting gears properly, it is possible for a transmission to get stuck in neutral if one or more solenoids have gone bad. If your transmission gets stuck in neutral, you will not be able to drive your car. Even if your transmission only gets stuck in neutral for a short amount of time and then seems to resume working properly, don't brush the problem off. It is not good for your transmission to continue to try to drive when one or more solenoids have failed. It is much more affordable to replace a transmission solenoid than it is to make major repairs to your car's transmission.

Jerking or Shaking When Gears Shift

Your automobile will most likely show handling issues when the transmission has a bad solenoid. It is not uncommon for a car to jerk or shake when shifting gears if a solenoid is bad, which can be quite scary and alarming. If it feel like your car's gears are slipping while you are driving, which can cause the car to jerk or shake, pull over and have your car towed to the nearest transmission repair shop. 


14 May 2019

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