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The 5 Common Transmission Problems and How to Fix Them

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The 5 Common Transmission Problems and How to Fix Them

If you’ve ever taken your car to a mechanic, you may have heard them talk about a “transmission fluid flush.” But what does this mean? What happens during a transmission fluid flush? And is it necessary to get one on occasion? This article will answer all of your questions related to transmission and maintenance.

1. Low Fluid

If you want to keep your transmission in good shape, make sure you check the fluid level often. Transmission fluid provides the necessary lubrication to keep all of the moving parts inside of your transmission working properly. If there’s not enough fluid in it, bad things will happen—and that means costly repairs for you.

Keep an eye on your oil pressure light and get it checked out if it starts flashing while driving. Another thing to look out for is a leak: if there’s any dripping or puddling under your car when parked, don’t drive until you’ve had someone take a look at it!

2. Slipping Transmission

Transmission fluid is low. The first step in diagnosing a slipping transmission is to check the transmission fluid level. If it’s low, then you need to add some more. However, if it’s not low and you still experience slipping, then there could be other problems causing your car not to move as well as it should.

Transmission fluid is the wrong type. Different cars require different types of fluids for their transmissions; if yours requires a synthetic fluid but you’re using conventional oil instead, this can cause your vehicle trouble by making the gears run smoother than they should and wearing out faster than normal.

  • The transmission filter is clogged or damaged.
  • Overheating causes increased friction which may lead to overheating.
  • The pressure control solenoid doesn’t work properly causing slippage when applying the pressure needed for shifting gears.
  • The solenoid itself has failed to cause slippage when applying the pressure needed for shifting gears.

3. Transmission is Grinding or Making Noise

If you’re hearing a grinding or rattling sound coming from your car, and it doesn’t seem to be coming from the engine, then chances are good that you have a transmission problem on your hands. The noise could be an indication that the gear shift is stuck in the park or reverse gears. It could also mean there is something wrong with the gears themselves or other components of the transmission system.

The first step in figuring out what’s causing this noise is to determine where it’s coming from. If you’re not sure where this sound is originating, try checking under your car by lifting up an access panel (like on many Jeeps) and listening for any characteristic sounds that might help narrow down which part of the transmission needs attention.

Common causes of transmission grinding or clicking include:

  • A broken seal between two parts inside the gearbox
  • A worn clutch plate
  • Worn bearings (which allow internal parts to grind together)

4. Warning Lights Are On

The first thing to do if you notice a warning light is to turn the car off and call a mechanic. This is because the lights can be misleading, and they can also mean different things depending on which one is lit.

The problem could be something relatively minor, like one of your tires being low on air, or a more serious issue such as an engine sensor that needs replacing. Either way, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to car repairs; don’t let yourself get stranded by ignoring these warning signs!

Most cars have at least 10 warning lights built in—but some models have upwards of 20! That’s why we recommend familiarizing yourself with all of them so that if any other ones pop up while driving (or even just sitting idly at home), then maybe before calling someone else over there are some steps we can take ourselves before making that call.”

5. Vehicle Surges When Shifting Gears

When your vehicle surges when shifting gears, you may be dealing with two different problems. The first is the transmission itself. If you feel that jerk as it shifts from one gear to another, then there is a good chance that the problem lies within your transmission.

This could be anything from simple wear and tear on the gears, seals, or gaskets to a more serious issue such as worn-out bearings or damaged valves. The only way to test this is by having someone tow your car onto a lift so they can examine it under better conditions than where they would normally work on them (elevated surface).

They will also need access to specialized tools like an oscilloscope in order to properly diagnose and repair these kinds of issues.

A second potential culprit could also be an engine issue altogether rather than just related directly back into its relationship with its partner (the transmission). In this case, it would likely show up as stalling issues instead of surging ones which means something else might be going wrong inside its cylinders too!

Don’t Ignore the Symptoms of Transmission Problems

Here are some of the most common transmission symptoms:

  • Your car lurches forward while driving. If you notice this, it could be a sign of a bad starter or alternator. It could also mean that your transmission fluid needs to be replaced.
  • Your car feels like it’s struggling to accelerate when going up hills, especially if you have to shift down into low gear more than usual. This can happen if the fluid level is low; if the fluid has too much friction; or if there’s too much resistance between moving parts in the transmission (like worn clutches).
  • Your car doesn’t go into gear when starting at first, but then does after a few tries—or it goes into gear with difficulty and stalls out immediately after shifting into reverse. This could indicate that something is blocking movement within the system (like a stuck valve), or that there’s an internal problem with your stick shift itself.
  • You hear strange sounds when switching gears—a creaking sound coming from underneath your vehicle could mean that one of its gears is broken or misaligned.
  • You notice unusual vibrations while shifting and accelerating, especially during cold weather conditions.
  • Your vehicle shifts slowly when going up hills or on inclines; if this happens regularly over time with no other warning signs present then chances are good that it’s actually just due to worn-out clutches inside your transmission!

In Conclusion

Those are the five most common transmission problems. Most of them lead to the same symptom: a burning smell, a warning light on your dashboard, or some noise in neutral.

Some of these problems can be fixed with your car’s computer or a little elbow grease, but some need professional help. Fixing these problems sooner instead of later will save you money and keep you safe on the road.

If your car has ever had one of these issues, you know how scary and annoying they can be in equal measure. Do everything you can to avoid them by being proactive about what you put into your vehicle and how often it gets serviced.

Kevin Afoma Onwuagbanusi is a freelance writer and a graduate of Mechanical Engineering (BEng.) and Masters in Accounting (MSc) with 8+ years of experience writing across several niches, with a remarkable likeness to crypto, and personal finances, automotive, games, and technology.