Recognizing The Signs Of A Failing Transmission


Most car owners understand that the transmission is a critical component, but many lack enough understanding of its operation to be able to identify when it's malfunctioning and in need of repair. Here's a look at some of the symptoms that you need to watch out for in your car's transmission. 

Failure To Retain The Gear

If you shift your transmission into gear and it slips, that's often an indication of problems with the gears or the synchros. In either case, it can lead to gear slipping. Sometimes, it happens only with one specific gear. Left unaddressed, it will progress through the gears. That's why it's important to talk with a transmission services technician as soon as the problem starts.

Jumping, Lurching, Or Other Movement

Your car should shift smoothly and move consistently under power. If it starts lurching, jumping, or otherwise moving erratically, it's in your best interest to talk with a local transmission services technician. Usually, these are key indications that the transmission isn't functioning the way that it should and it's causing the car to respond unpredictably.

Significant Fuel Mileage Change

Another thing you need to think about is your car's fuel mileage. If you notice that you've suddenly lost fuel mileage, that often results from a transmission that is struggling to function properly. When there's too much resistance in the transmission, the car has to work harder to progress, which consumes more fuel.

Skipping Gears

An automatic transmission that is skipping a gear, such as shifting from second to fourth or third to fifth, is an indication that there's a problem somewhere in the system. You'll have to talk with a transmission services technician about the skipping gears to help you isolate the source of the problem. 

Refusal To Move

If you put your car into gear and it completely refuses to move, it's in your best interest to talk with a transmission repair technician. A transmission that isn't mobile is a transmission that either needs to be rebuilt or replaced. It's important that you address this because a transmission in this condition will render your car inoperable.

Understanding some of the key indications of impending transmission failure is important. If you notice any symptoms like this, you need to be sure that you reach out to a transmission services technician right away. He or she can diagnose the issue and repair the transmission right away.


24 June 2022

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