Telltale Indicators Your Automatic Transmission Is Failing


Transmission repairs can be some of the most costly repairs to any vehicle. While you may not be able to completely avoid a repair, regular transmission service is very helpful in keeping your automatic transmission in top shape for as long as possible.

If you do complete regularly scheduled automatic transmission servicing you will find the technicians can often provide you with a heads up for potential areas of concern. This may be based on the age of the vehicle or known issues with a particular make or model. With this information, you can then determine if it is time to sell or to start saving in the event you will need a repair or rebuild.

In between regular maintenance work, you should also be aware of the common signs of possible transmission problems or failure. By catching these signs yourself, you can avoid being stranded or on the road when the transmission problem occurs.


Delay to go in Gear

If it seems you have to wait before the car starts moving when you take it out of park or neutral, you have an automatic transmission problem. The vehicle should be immediately in gear and moving, providing you are on a level surface.

Fluid Leaks

Automatic transmission fluid is red if it is in good condition and dark brown is if it burnt. When there is red liquid under the vehicle it is very likely a leak. When it is burnt it is much more likely to be a repair issue within the transmission itself.

Leaks or low levels of automatic transmission fluid are problematic as this is what cools and lubricates the transmission. You can easily check the transmission fluid levels with the dipstick after the vehicle is warm.

Check Engine Light

When the check engine lights come on or goes on and off, it may be a sign of a problem with the automatic transmission. You may or may not see or feel any of the other signs, but this is a serious issue and should be checked as soon as possible.

You can take this to a garage or any repair shop, and they will use a computer to read the sensors in you engine’s computer to understand what is wrong. Based on the code it provides they will be able to tell you if it is an automatic transmission issue or if it is something else.

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