Common Transmission Problems


The transmission is the mechanism in your car that allows you to change gears and transfers power from the engine to the wheels to move your vehicle forward. Transmission problems are difficult to detect and can lead to serious issues and accidents on the road. A transmission in poor condition is enough to stop your car for working altogether. Here are some common transmission problems and what you can do to avoid them.

Lack of Response

If your car is having trouble shifting gears or getting started, it could be a sign that there’s something wrong with your vehicle’s transmission. The solution to this problem could be as simple as having the clutch replaced, or it could be indicative of a more serious issue. The only way to know for sure is to have your transmission inspected by a professional auto mechanic who will be able to diagnose and fix the issue.

Low or Leaking Fluid

Leaking or low transmission fluid is a major cause of transmission breakdowns. Transmission fluid keeps the transmission lubricated, clean and cool. Your engine may stop working completely without proper transmission fluid. Unlike motor oil, transmission fluid runs on a closed circuit so it should stay at consistent level. If the fluid level has significantly dropped, that means there’s a leak that needs to be sealed. Transmission fluid should be red in colour and smell slightly sweet. If it’s brown or black in colour and has a burning smell, your transmission fluid needs to be replaced. Experts recommend changing your transmission fluid roughly every 50,000 km but that number will vary depending on the make of your car and the kind of driving you do.

Keeping your car properly maintained is the best way to avoid accidents and keep your vehicle performing well. Have you transmission routinely inspected and replace your transmission fluid as needed to ensure that your car continue to drive safe and smooth. For more information about transmission check-ups and professional auto maintenance and repair, contact us at Redline Automotive.

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