Transmission troubles are fairly common unfortunately, but the good news is there are a variety of ways to catch the problem before it turns into an expensive repair. Interested in learning more? Keep reading and we’ll fill you in on all the important details!
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Signs of transmission trouble
1. Stalled or delayed gear shifts
One of the best ways to tell your transmission is going out is a delayed or stalled gear shift. This sign is pretty hard to miss since you’ll most likely feel a jerk in the car as you accelerate. If you drive a manual, you may also find that it’s physically difficult to get the gears to shift when your transmission is failing.
2. Transmission fluid leak
The transmission is designed to completely enclose the transmission fluid, so if you notice a bright red fluid under your vehicle, you’re going to want to have the transmission checked out by a professional. The easiest way to tell if it’s transmission fluid is by putting cardboard under your car and keeping an eye on the color of the leaking fluid. Transmission fluid will typically be bright red in color, though it may also have a dark red appearance.
3. Dashboard warning light
Most vehicles have highly advanced systems in place to detect problems before the problem is even noticeable to the driver, so if your check engine light illuminates, you probably don’t want to ignore it. Identifying a problem early is key to saving yourself some money on transmission repairs, so make sure you pay attention to what your vehicle is trying to tell you.
If you notice any of the above signs happening in your vehicle, bring it in to have it checked out by our professionals at Craig Dunn Motor City. Have additional questions about how to identify transmission problems? Feel free to give our team a call today!