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Problems with your transmission can lead to costly repairs or even the early death of your vehicle. You need to be able to see the signs before it’s too late. Here are some of the things that you may notice or items to check for if you think that your car is having transmission problems.
The transmission controls the gear ratio in your car’s engine. This is what keeps your car from overheating or having other issues when you speed up or slow down. If you’ve ever driven a manual transmission and forgotten to shift, you may have heard the ensuing whine of the engine that occurred. One of the signs that your transmission is having problems is that you struggle to get your car into gear. This means that the gears aren’t aligned properly to shift seamlessly.
Due to the action of the gears, a troubled transmission can more easily slip out of gear. This can be a disturbing thing to experience because you may not be aware that a problem exists. You may notice that your engine starts to make noise and that the tachometer is accelerating without you depressing the gas pedal. For manual transmission vehicles, this problem is more easily identified than with an automatic transmission. Look into transmission repair options before complicated problems seriously damage your car.
If you learned to drive on a manual transmission, you may hear the gears grinding when you don’t engage the clutch. This isn’t something that you should hear when you’re driving your car around. In the early stages of transmission problems, the issue may be less noticeable. It can start out as an unusual noise emanating from the engine compartment. A high whining or even grinding noise upon acceleration may be noticeable as the problem progresses.
Transmission fluid can be varying shades of red depending on the state of your transmission. Darker red fluid indicates that it’s time to change it out. For newer fluid, it should be light red and more translucent in nature. If you observe red fluid underneath your car, the transmission is leaking. Another common thing that you may observe is that the transmission reservoir is low. This could be a sign that you have a leak.
Your transmission is important to the continued operation of your vehicle. Watch for these signs so that you can spot a problem before it becomes a larger issue.