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5 Warning Signs of a Failing Transmission

Your transmission is pretty important.

What is a transmission?

A transmission takes power from a car's engine, transmits it to the axle, and causes the wheels to move. 

It is one of the most complicated systems in a vehicle. This engineering wonder combines hydraulics and computer-controlled electronics. And a whole bunch of parts. 

You probably know that a vehicle either has an automatic transmission or a manual transmission. 

With an automatic transmission, the driver only operates a gas pedal and a brake pedal. This is because the transmission changes gears on its own. A manual has both these pedals plus a clutch. With a manual transmission, the driver gets to change the gears. Or "has to" depending on whether or not you like to do it.

What makes up a transmission? It is a long list: 

  • Gear shifter
  • Shift Rod
  • Shift fork
  • Clutch
  • Planetary gears
  • Torque converter
  • Oil pump
  • Hydraulic system
  • Valve body
  • Computer controls
  • Governor
  • Throttle cable
  • Vacuum modulator
  • Seals and gaskets

Transmission repairs can run anywhere from $100 to upwards of $3,000. Therefore, it is vital to know the top five warning signs of a failing transmission:

1. Transmission slipping: if it feels like your vehicle can't change gears (automatic).

2. Rough shifts: if it is more difficult to change gears (manual) or you hear clunking sounds.

3. Delayed engagement: if your auto hesitates before going into drive.

4. Fluid leak: watch for any leaks or spots of fluid under your automobile. If you want to pinpoint where the fluid is coming from, put some cardboard under it. Let your I-86 Truck & Auto Repair know where it's leaking when you bring it in for transmission service. 

5. Warning light: if your check engine light comes on, it could be alerting you to a transmission issue. (They aren't called "warning" lights for nothing!)

Bring your car into I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for transmission service. You don't want to wait until you have to replace the whole transmission.