How to Spot Transmission Problems

Transmission in cars is a hard thing for people to wrap their heads around. There is so much culture and elitism around automatic versus manual transmissions in cars that people tend to feel defensive whenever the top comes up. They feel they have to know everything about it in order to defend their position at any moment.

The problem with this is that when people try to act like they know everything about a topic, it can leave them filling in the gaps of their knowledge with assumptions and conjecture. As such, it benefits you to know a bit of what is actually going on with transmission.

This means knowing what it means for a car’s transmission to have problems, and how to spot those problems.

Gear Switching Slowly

This is most common in automatics with transmission issues, but it can absolutely happen in manuals as well. In both cases, it will be most noticeable when going from second to third gear. For those who have only ever driven automatic cars, that usually means whenever you go at or more than 40 MPH.

What will happen is that the car will need to change gears in order to go faster, but the bad transmission will create a delay between acceleration and gear change. During this time, the car will not be able to accelerate, creating a brief moment of slow-down in the car’s speed until the gear change happens.

Grinding or Shaking

This will happen as much during braking as it does during accelerating. Even when accelerating it will happen much more frequently. This is because grinding or shaking means that the transmission is not just running into a delay, but it is having trouble sending its signal properly.

The engine will attempt to change gears, but it will require extra energy. This not only indicates bad transmission but makes your car less fuel-efficient as well, as steeper energy requirements use more fuel.

Strange Noises When in Neutral

This is something that not many people will run into unless they are in a manual transmission. But it holds true even if you are in an automatic transmission. It is also a great way to test out if you are having transmission problems since it will almost always give you a strong indication of whether or not that is the case.

The “noises” you are looking for are humming and grinding. The thing about these noises that might make them hard to notice is that you will not “feel” them in the same way you will feel grinding and shaking. Instead, these noises will almost sound as if they are coming from below your car.

That is because rather than being a problem in the engine, it is a problem with something much more delicate. This is as much of an indication of a problem with transmission fluid as the transmission system itself. The fluid might need to be changed, or there might be a small leak that is causing there to be less fluid.

Whatever the case may be, it is always better to solve transmission problems as soon as they come up rather than waiting around for them to get worse. If they are not impeding your ability to drive your car immediately, then they will soon. So do not wait around, get that stuff checked out, and drive safe. Visit Pit Shop Garage in Libertyville IL today.