How to Detect Transmission Problems

March 6th, 2018 by
Car technician detecting transmission issues

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If your vehicle is showing any of these warning signs you can’t ignore, you’ll want to bring it in for transmission repair:

  • Sudden changes between gears
  • Rougher gear shifts than normal
  • Check engine light
  • Leaking transmission fluid
  • Delay when shifting from Park to Drive

How Do I Know if My Transmission Needs Service?

Your car’s transmission is one of the most complicated parts on the vehicle, and it can be tough to know if the transmission needs repair, or if it’s another system. No matter if you have a manual or an automatic, these problems might be a sign that your transmission is on its last legs:

  • Loud Shifting – When you shift, does your transmission make a thudding or clunking noise? That can be a symptom of a failing transmission.
  • Warning Lights – The check engine light might not indicate a transmission problem, but it’s a good idea to bring it to a service center like Rock Auto Group to have them check it out. It could even be a simple repair like a defective solenoid.
  • Leaking Fluid – A transmission should never leak fluid, as it’s a sealed unit. If you notice bright red, dark red, or brown fluid leaking beneath your car, take it in for an inspection.
  • Gear Slips Sink Ships – When a gear shifts unexpectedly, your car will feel suddenly under or overpowered. The engine might even make a whining noise as your RPMs spike.
  • Slow Shifts – Shift your car from Park to Drive. If there’s a noticeable pause in-between, it could signal that your transmission is on its way out.

Transmission repair costs can vary a great deal, so it’s worth bringing your car, truck, or SUV in to see what the problem might be. If the entire transmission needs replaced, it might be more economical to shop for a used model that’s in great shape. Luckily, Rock Auto Group offers many low-cost used car options.

Turn to Rock Auto Group for Service

The service experts at Rock Auto Group can help with your repair needs, including oil changes and a transmission fluid change. We’re easy to reach at 464 W. Main St. in El Cajon, CA, and we’re happy to go over your transmission repair options. In addition, we offer these perks over other local dealerships and service centers:


 

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