Your transmission is an essential part of your car. It helps your vehicle smoothly shift from one gear to the next so you can drive. However, every component on your vehicle is bound to need replacing eventually. These are the signs you need a new transmission installed by a transmission service.
A car that doesn’t work in every gear is a sure-fire sign you need a new transmission. It’s common for reverse to be the first gear to go out. You’ll put your car in reverse, but it will stay in the same place as if it were neutral. If this happens with any gear, you need a new transmission.
Smooth-shifting is a sign that you have a healthy transmission. When there’s a problem, your car will not shift smoothly from one gear to another. Instead, it may jerk as it moves into gear. When shifting gears, it may take a few seconds to go from park to reverse. However, it’s essential to contact a professional for transmission service. Broken motor mounts and low transmission fluid will cause similar problems.
Odd noises like clunking, grinding, or whining are signs of a transmission problem. These sounds may be due to internal damage and signal you need a new transmission. On the other hand, other things can cause these symptoms. Some cars will whine when they are low on transmission fluid. Technicians who specialize in transmission services can help you determine the cause.
Your transmission leaking fluid is a sign there’s a problem. There may be internal damage you can’t repair, which calls for a new transmission. However, some damage may be easily fixed. Your car might need a new pipe or line somewhere. As soon as you notice leaking fluid, you must schedule an appointment with a professional transmission service. They can tell you whether you need a new transmission or some repairs.
A burning smell is usually the result of fluid overheating or leaking. When fluid leaks onto your engine, it burns because the engine is so hot. Then, as the fluid burns, it creates a burning smell. This could be oil or transmission fluid. When you smell a burning smell, head to a local transmission service. They can perform a thorough evaluation to determine what’s wrong with your car.
According to Toyota, about 90% of people nationwide have cars with an automatic transmission. You’ll likely notice these issues if you need a transmission replacement. Contact us today at Dusty’s Transmissions to schedule your transmission service or replacement. We can’t wait to hear from you.