How’s the transmission in your vehicle doing these days? If you’re a regular driver who doesn’t know too much about what’s going on under the hood and beneath your car, you may not know the answer to this question, however if you’re someone who has a vested interest in your vehicle’s performance, your answer could be varied. Because we’re not exposed directly to our transmissions in Norwalk, knowing if there’s a problem or if it’s in prime working condition can be hard to figure out.
Luckily, there are some clear signs that you may want to keep an eye out for, in regards to the functionality of your vehicle’s transmission. Here are the top five signs of a problem lurking out of sight in one of your automobile’s most essential systems:
- Refusing to shift into gear: Moving your vehicle from park to reverse or from neutral to drive shouldn’t be a chore—it should be as easy as downshifting. But, if your vehicle refuses to drop into gear or gives you a tremendously hard time while you’re trying to shift, there’s a good bet that your transmission is suffering from a malfunction. A common solution to this is the addition of transmission fluid, however it may not always solve the problem you’re faced with, so if it persists, it’s a good idea to take your vehicle in for inspection.
- Burning smell: If you’re shifting your transmission and you smell the faint smell of something being burnt, there’s a good chance that it’s transmission fluid. Burning smells can occur if there has been inadequate transmission fluid in your vehicle for a long period of time or if the fluid itself has been contaminated. Either way, this is a problem that likely needs to be flushed out and addressed professionally.
- Noise in neutral: If you hear a noise coming from your vehicle that’s consistent with the transmission being in neutral, it could be the sound of mechanical wear. Again, transmission fluid can work towards solving this problem, but if it has gone on long enough and the damage is severe enough, it could require the replacement of transmission parts to restore optimal function. Some parts you may be looking at replacing are a worn reverse idler gear, worn bearings and worn gear teeth.
- Slipping gears: Transmissions in Norwalk are meant to stay in the gear that you put them in, until they’re shifted manually or via your vehicle’s onboard computer. If you notice that your transmission slips a gear every now and then, you’re looking at a potential dragging clutch—something that needs immediate attention if you’re going to continue driving your vehicle. A slipping gear problem is a hazard for you and everyone around you on the road.
- Grinding or shaking: When a grinding noise occurs while shifting your transmission or you notice a shaking while you’re driving along, there’s a good sign that the gears in your transmission are wearing or they’re out of sync and damaged. Again, this is a problem that shouldn’t be left unchecked for long—drive your vehicle on over to a licensed body shop and have your transmission addressed immediately.