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Grinding Gears: 4 Signs That Your Vehicle Has Transmission Problems

The transmission of the vehicle is essential if you want to get from one point to another. It's the piece of machinery that allows for the gears to change from reverse to drive to neutral. If there is an issue with the transmission, there are some signs that you can pay attention to before taking it to a mechanic to get it repaired. In the event that your transmission does completely stop working, then the vehicle usually won't move in any direction.

 

Grinding

One of the signs that will give an indication that there is something wrong with the transmission is that you'll hear grinding when you change the gears. It will sound like metal rubbing against metal. You'll usually be able to hear it more when you're changing from reverse to first gear or in the lower gears.

 

Fluid Leaks

Pay attention to what the ground looks like under the car. If you see any fluid that is brown or red in color and smells burnt, then it is an indication that there is wear and tear on the gaskets or the housing unit of the transmission. You can also keep an eye on fluid levels by checking them when you change the oil or get other major work done. The transmission fluid is one that shouldn't see a significant decrease over time unless there is a leak.

 

Odd Sounds

When you change gears or shift from park, you might hear a whining sound or one that sounds like humming. You could even hear clunking. While these sounds don't always lead to a transmission issue, they are likely the first signs that you will notice before the transmission starts to go out completely. At times, the car might shake in conjunction with the sounds that you hear. The noises are due to the gears struggling to engage or not engaging at all or a lack of fluid to keep the gears lubricated. Seek the help of a professional, such as GearBox Express, if you have questions or think there may be a problem with your car.

 

No Movement

When you put the car in gear, it should move at least a little. If your vehicle gets to the point that it simply revs while it's in gear, then the transmission is likely shot and needs an overhaul. At this point, there's usually no kind of minor work that can be done.

 

Transmission repairs can be quite costly as it's one of the major parts of the vehicle to get it to move. You might be able to get something done soon after you hear certain noises or feel slight shifts in the gears without spending a lot of money. When the vehicle reaches a point to where there's no fluid or motion, then the transmission will usually need replaced altogether.

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