Don’t ignore the warning signs. A damaged transmission can be dangerous to your safety. Here are 9 signs that you need a new transmission.
1. The Check Engine Light Comes On
2. Your Vehicle Starts Shaking, Vibrating, or Grinding
If you have a manual transmission and your vehicle starts jerking, shaking, or vibrating then hard shifting could be the problem. This issue happens in a manual transmission when the gears aren’t properly lubricated or the clutch is worn out. To fix this, you might need a new clutch or a new transmission. If your vehicle is lurching or shaking with an automatic transmission, you need to have it inspected as soon as possible.
3. There’s a Burning Smell
If there is a burning smell coming from your vehicle, pull over right away and shut off the engine. This happens when the pump in your vehicle isn’t circulating fluid through the transmission like it should. Without proper circulation, the transmission will overheat and the fluid will start burning. If left unchecked, you’ll need a new transmission. At worst case scenario, burning fluid can cause a fire. To diagnose this problem, check the fluid dipstick, and the fluid will be lower and darker than normal.
4. Your Vehicle is Leaking Transmission Fluid
If your car is leaking fluid then that could be a serious sign that you need a new transmission. Check under your car for a puddle of bright red, slightly sweet smelling fluid. If there is a red puddle, then your car is leaking transmission fluid. If the fluid is pink then your transmission fluid could’ve been diluted from engine coolant entering the transmission through a breach in the system. When this happens, this means your transmission is seriously damaged and you need to replace it with a new transmission.
5. You Hear Strange Noises
6. Your Vehicle is Unresponsive
A sign that your transmission has failed, or is failing, is if your car won’t start or won’t shift gears at all. For example, if you try to put the vehicle in park or reverse and it refuses. The transmission is in charge of regulating the power of your engine by shifting the gears. Without a working transmission, your vehicle will not function. But if your engine isn’t starting, take it to a professional as it could be a sign of many other issues as well.
7. Your Vehicle is Slow to Start
8. Your Gears are Slipping
9. You Have a Dragging Clutch
Get a Quality Transmission from a Quality Company
Don’t put off a new transmission because you’re worried about cost. We offer quality parts at reasonable prices. You need a reliable transmission for your car, which is why you should only get it from a reliable source. We offer one year warranties on all of our used car parts, so you can rest assured that your investment is protected.
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