Signs of Transmission Trouble
Transmission problems can take several forms. Each symptom may have a number of possible causes, some requiring extensive repairs while others need only an adjustment or minor service. A systematic checkup by a professional is the best way to isolate the cause of the operating problems and recommend the most effective solution.
Do You Have Any of These Symptoms
Engine Light On– Is your dashboard light prompting you to “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon”?
Strange Noises– Your car makes clicking, knocking, screeching, buzzing, whistling, clanking, or grating noises. Unusual sounds can come from hood or rear of car and may include a hum or low whine.
“Morning Sickness”– When the vehicle is cold, is your car unable to move or does it shift late during the first few minutes of operation?
Slipping– Is your engine racing but your vehicle moves slowly or won’t accelerate as it should?
Stalling– Vehicle stalls or is slow to accelerate.
Doesn’t Go– Do you place the shift lever in ‘Drive’ and nothing happens? Does even racing the engine not work?
No Reverse– Does your vehicle not move when shift lever is placed in Reverse?
Leaks– Are their fresh fluid stains under the vehicle?
Loss of Power– Passing Will the gear not engage? Is there no surge of power when you press the pedal to the floor?
Erratic or Improper Shifting– Noticeable early or late shifting. Unexpected shifts, or speed at which shifts occur keeps changing.
Shift Handle Stuck/Sticks– Shift handle is hard to move into or out of any position.
Vehicle Moves (or Jerks) in Park or Neutral
Strange Smell– Burnt or rancid odor is coming from under the hood or underneath vehicle.
Shift Indicator Off– The indicator must be slightly off (P) or (N) to start the car. Shift indicator doesn’t point to the proper range.
Metal Shavings or Debris– Inspection or transmission service reveals excessive amounts of debris in the transmission pan.
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