Most Common Transmission Problems


The transmission of most vehicles is one of the hardest working components. You don’t think twice about it, but every time you step on the gas or move from one gear to the next, you are using this system. The problem with this is that just using the transmission can cause wear and tear. If you do not get your oil changed regularly or you do not properly maintain the vehicle in its entirety, you may end up with repair needs. More so, leaks and damage can occur for many other reasons. Knowing what is happening and why, and where to get help when you need it, is essential to all vehicle owners.

What’s Likely to Happen to Your Transmission?

What you need to realize is that most vehicles will need transmission repairs from time to time. The sooner you get them when you notice a problem, the sooner you will be able to avoid most costly repairs. Here are some of the most common problems transmissions have.

  • They hum, clunk or they make a whining sound: This happens for a wide range of reasons, but generally means that the system is not switching gears properly. If you notice it while you are changing gears, get your vehicle in as soon as possible.
  • Fluid can leak from them: Generally, automatic transmission fluid, one of the most important types of fluid in your car, can leak after a line breaks. If you notice red or even green fluid under your car, you need to get it in to a technician.
  • The car just will not move: A sure sign of a transmission problem is the lack of movement of the car. You may be able to shift it, but it does not move. This means that repairs that are more extensive need to take place. Have it towed into a shop.
  • Grinding: When you step on the gas or you step on the brake and feel a grinding under your foot, this is also an indication of a significant transmission repair.
  • Shaking or jerking: This occurs when the vehicle is struggling to shift properly and also requires an inspection and potentially replacement of the transmission – especially if you have not gotten this problem taken care of in some time.
  • Burning smells: If you smell something coming from your car, do not assume it is oil. The transmission fluid that keeps the system lubricated can get very hot and this will damage the entire system.

Most importantly, any time you feel that the vehicle is not moving properly in terms of shifting gears or stopping, it is time to bring it in. Do not put off getting this type of help. The longer the damage occurs, the more stress it is placing on your vehicle. This will eventually lead to significant instances of wear which may require the transmission to be rebuilt or replaced. Get it in sooner to potentially avoid these common concerns.