How Do You Know When Your Transmission Is Struggling?

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How Do You Know When Your Transmission Is Struggling?

Sometimes, it can feel as if owning a vehicle requires a second brain just to keep all of the information you need to know in line. Even more so, it can feel like the necessary information to keep at your disposal grows by the second. We are told to keep an ear out for sounds that don’t sound normal while also keeping a nose out for smells that don’t smell right. So, what happens when we have no idea what’s right and what’s wrong in the first place?

That happens a lot with a vehicle’s transmission system. We are so bombarded with information on a daily basis that, sometimes, information like that gets lost in the shuffle. So, below, we have outlined all of the most common transmission problem indicators that you can easily keep on hand for reference purposes. After all, your vehicle’s transmission system is controlled by your car’s computer system, and when one computer component begins to fail, it causes several other systems controlled by that same computer to fail as well. Let our ASE-certified professionals help you, so you don’t get caught in the whirlwind.

Transmission Issue Symptoms:

  • Out of the ordinary humming, grinding, or clunking noises that you can’t pinpoint.
  • Clutch dragging, which is when your clutch makes grinding noises when engaged.
  • Delayed transmission engagement.
  • Failed transmission engagement.
  • Rough, or otherwise jerky, transitions between gear changes.
  • Your check engine light is on.
  • You have red liquid leaking beneath your vehicle.
  • If that same red liquid smells burnt.
  • Your car starts but won’t drive.
  • Transmission randomly hops back into neutral.

If any of these symptoms are occurring, it is imperative that you bring your car down to see us at Eric’s Car Care. Our ASE-certified technicians will understand what’s happening once you start rattling off these symptoms, which means they can dig down to the problem sooner rather than later. Catching a problem like this early on means less money out of your pocket in order to fix it, but it also means preventing further damage to your vehicle and its systems. But, even after an issue is fixed, there’s still the task of maintaining your car’s transmission so that it doesn’t happen again. How do we do that? Well, I am so glad you asked.

Maintenance Tips For Your Transmission:

  • Keep an eye on the ground: whether you park your car in the driveway or in a garage of some sort, make sure to check once a week to make sure no red fluid is leaking onto the ground beneath your car.
  • Read your vehicle owner’s manual in order to figure out how often the transmission fluid in your car needs to be changed. The owner’s manual will clearly outline a recommended maintenance schedule for this portion of your car, so use it to your advantage.
  • Piggy-backing off the above, make sure you clock the manufacturer’s recommendation for the types of transmission fluid to use. Our ASE-certified expert technicians can also help you pinpoint that information if you can’t find your owner’s manual.
  • Never overfill your transmission fluid. Ever. Seriously. Don’t do it.
  • When shifting between park, drive, and reverse, always put pressure on the brake before doing so.
  • I know it seems like a lot, but here’s the good news: our experts here at Eric’s Car Care can do all of this for you. From our state-of-the-art facility all the way down to our staff studying and chronically reading up on car manufacturer recommendations and trends, we’ve always got your back. Give us a call at 713-667-9293 or come by and see us at 6950 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77030 so that we can get your vehicle’s transmission on our regular maintenance schedule. After all, preventative maintenance is the best kind of maintenance there is.

    Written by Eric's Car Care