How do you know if your transmission is bad?
What is a transmission and where is it located?
The nuts and bolts of it is that the transmission translates the power your engine makes to the wheels of our car. It manages the stop, go, and how fast your car moves.
Where the transmission is depends on the make and model of the car, but it is usually in the front-middle of the car. So that is where to look for fluid leaking or where the sounds will usually be coming from. Transmissions usually need service around 60-90K. We take the guess work and the need to track these services off your plate and let you know when it’s time for such maintenances.
What are signs that my Transmission is going?
- Sound: If you hear grinding, or like something is not catching when you change speeds, slow down, or come to a stop. Whining, humming, and clunking sounds are also indicators.
- Fluids leaking under the front of your car: Most transmission fluid is Red/Brown fluid. (NOTE: engine oil is brown also, so it could be that. Any color fluid should be checked out).
- Check Engine Light- (if you have a light and do not know what it is, come in so we can let you know what your car is trying to tell you)
- Feel: If your ride starts getting rougher. If your car is hesitating, shaking, or thunking.
- Smell: you could smell a burning smell. This is never something you should ignore. Always get a burning smell checked out right away.
- If your car can’t go in reverse anymore or doesn’t like to go (fill in speed here) MPH anymore it could also be a sign that your Transmission could be going.
If you notice any of these signs, we recommend making an appointment so we can take a look!