It’s impossible to drive without your car’s transmission system, and this is one of the most expensive and complicated parts to fix. With that in mind, you should know the signs your transmission system might be in trouble.
Here are just four of the most common symptoms.
- Difficult Finding Gears
Your transmission is responsible for selecting and holding gears, so any issues with the transmission system will usually result in problems with the gears. You may notice your car hesitating as you move from one gear to the next or feel a slight jerk when shifting. In some cases, the vehicle will shift gears for no apparent reason or fall out of gear randomly.
- Grinding or Whining Noises
If you drive a manual, your vehicle may make a grinding sound when you change gears. If you drive an automatic, you might feel shaking instead. These are often signs of a worn clutch. Other transmission issues can lead to other unusual noises, including buzzing, clunking, or whining. Any such problems should not be ignored. These sounds are signs of serious damage.
- Burnt or Cloudy Fluid
Some people never bother learning about their transmission fluid, but you might want to take a look if you suspect something is wrong. If you haven’t changed or checked the fluid before, look at your owner’s manual to find out how it’s done. Healthy transmission fluid usually has a distinctive sweet smell and bright red colour. If your fluid looks dark and opaque or smells burnt, it’s time to have someone check your transmission system.
- Leaking Fluid
If your transmission system is shot, it might be you don’t have to go looking for the transmission fluid. If you find a puddle of red fluid under your vehicle, you need to visit your nearest service centre.
Transmission systems can be repaired, rebuilt, or replaced entirely, but this generally costs a lot of time and money. If your transmission system has reached this stage, it might be best to scrap the car and move to something newer and more reliable.