Recognize an Automatic Transmission in Trouble

A car is much like a human being.  Both will begin to display hints that show they are having internal problems.  Sometimes if people are not aware of what those hints are, they may end up having to pay for running expensive tests, taking outrageously costly medicine, or even undergoing pricey procedures.  This is very similar to what happens when a car is not running at its optimum level.

Those who have had to replace their transmission know all to well that the cost is many times more than the current value of the car.  Transmissions will show signs that they are in trouble long before it is too late to fix them.  If you are not familiar with these signs, you are running the risk of facing a financially devastating problem in the future.  It is always more cost effective to repair it than replace it.

What You May Observe When an Automatic Transmission Needs Repairs

Leaks, Wetness, and Stains–Start by checking underneath your car to look for the telltale wet spots, apparent leaks, and dry stains found on the ground.  Of course, anytime you observe any type of leak in your car, there is always a problem and if you see red stains, the leak is usually stemming from the transmission.  If you only find a few drops, go ahead and get the car to the mechanic’s before the problem gets worse–and it will!  What is not urgent at the moment will become urgent in the future.

Dropping Fluid Levels–If you have looked underneath your car and do not see any leakage but you have noticed a drop in fluid levels, chances are you have an internal leak, which means you need to hightail it to the mechanic’s as soon as possible.  Glance at your transmission fluid; it should be red.  If it is cloudy in color, muddy in color, or smells “burnt,” it is time for a transmission flush.

Vibrations, Dragging, and Stuttering–Any time you shift gears and notice a vibration, drag, or stutter, this is a sign of transmission trouble around the corner.  You may have a minor issue such as low fluid or a major issue liked worn or damaged transmission cables.

Noise–A smooth running transmission is a transmission that is in good repair.  There should never be any grinding or whining sounds coming from beneath the car’s floorboards.  If so, you might need to address a gear or valve problem, which is serious.

Extreme Temperatures–Any time your transmission is overheating, you have an ugly problem on your hands.  When a transmission overheats, it means that you have completely missed the early signs of trouble and are now stuck making costly replacements.  You will have to get your car serviced and will have no other cheaper choice to make.  The mechanic will many times find a transmission problem such as these–oil cooler restriction or a damaged solenoid.  And hopefully, the entire transmission will not need to be replaced.