Transmission troubles are common, but unlike other car problems, they’re hard to resolve without professional help. An automatic transmission has hundreds of moving parts, and those who tinker with them on their own are more likely to make mistakes. Rather than going the DIY route, customers should learn these trouble signs and schedule Transmission Repair.
Telltale Red Leaks
Having ample transmission fluid is crucial to keeping a vehicle running properly. While it’s important to check the fluid level at least twice a year, if the fluid level is decreasing rapidly, a leak may be to blame. Transmission fluid leaks are easy to spot; if the vehicle is leaving a red puddle in the driveway, there’s a problem with the transmission. Leaks can arise in many places, and rather than searching for it, drivers should call for a professional evaluation.
Fluid leaks aren’t the only sign of transmission troubles. There may be a burning odor if the transmission fluid level is low or if the fluid is too dirty, and the smell typically indicates that the transmission has internal damage. If there’s a weird burning smell when the engine gets up to operating temperature, it’s time to make the call for repairs.
Although an automatic transmission has no clutch, drivers may experience similar issues when there’s a problem with the torque converter. When this occurs, the engine may make odd noises during use, which will diminish upon shifting into neutral. However, any strange noise is cause for concern, and the engine should be checked as soon as possible.
Strange Behavior in Neutral
When a vehicle is in neutral, it shouldn’t do much of anything. Therefore, if there are odd bumps when in neutral, it’s a sign that things are going wrong with the transmission. The bumps may be due to wear and tear on the transmission’s internal parts, and repairs may be quite challenging.
If a transmission shows any of the above warning signs, it may be time to call a local repair shop. The team is ready to handle all transmission problems in an efficient manner while providing the best parts and labor. Call today for more information or to schedule repairs.