While most of the time it will be clear if the transmission in your car or truck is in need of repair, there are times when transmission issues can go unnoticed, or ignored, for long bouts of time. Of course, the longer a transmission operates at a reduced efficiency, the more likely it is that a little problem will turn into a massive repair bill. To avoid having what would have been a ‘quick-fix’ turn into something that breaks your bank account, take a look at the following list of three issues that indicate you should probably take your vehicle to the nearest transmission shop.
Trouble Getting Into First Gear
For vehicles with manual transmissions, a common issue that arises with the transmission is difficulty getting the car or truck into first gear. While many soon figure out that a quick fix for this is to simply engage the clutch and press the shifter into the first gear position when coming to a stop, this is not a permanent solution. Still, other vehicles might experience this problem on subsequent gears, in which case there really is no shortcut. The most common causes behind this issue include transmission fluid that is not the proper viscosity and shift cables that are in need of adjustment. Both are fairly simple procedures, but if you’re not the mechanical type it’s time for a trip to the shop.
Strange Sounds In Neutral
Another symptom of potentially damaged or malfunctioning transmissions is the onset of strange noises when the vehicle is in neutral. Often times, owners think that sounds coming from the transmission are normal, given that transmissions have moving parts, mechanical components, etc. Unfortunately, transmissions are designed to move gears in and out of a gearbox seamlessly. As such, any noises that arise when your vehicle is in neutral are likely the result of worn gear teeth or bearings, or even faulty torque converters or pumps, and need to be replaced as soon as possible.
Grinding Or Vibrations
Similar to the above issue, vehicle owners often attribute gear grinding or vibrations to a transmission’s normal operation, but such occurrences are neither normal nor beneficial to a transmission’s functionality. In manually operated transmissions, grinding gears are often the result of worn clutches or gear synchronizers. Of course, in automatic transmissions, the same problems sometimes result in less of a grinding sound and more of a thump or jolt when the vehicle shifts gears. Automatic transmissions should shift smoothly, almost imperceptibly, so any jarring motion during the shifting sequence indicate that the vehicle should be taken to transmission specialist like Joe’s Transmissions Services Inc. as soon as possible.
Though these issues are sometimes ignored and dismissed as a normal part of transmission operation, they are all issues that can lead to much more serious problems if left unattended and should never be taken lightly.Read More