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What are the signs of a failing transmission in my car?

  1. krillco profile image95
    krillcoposted 5 years ago

    What are the signs of a failing transmission in my car?

  2. BigSeanR profile image86
    BigSeanRposted 5 years ago

    The best thing to do in the case of an automatic transmission is to go directly to the source, which would be inspecting the Automatic Transmission Fluid or ATF. Your ATF level and condition should be checked routinely. Improper fluid level can affect the transmission's behavior and lead to failure. The fluid should be a rosy red and not have a burned smell. The fluid should be topped off, but not overfilled, with the manufacturer's recommended fluid. Different makes have different fluid specifications. Your owners manual should have these specifications or have your local mechanic check for you.

    Symptoms of a failing automatic transmission include slipping (the engine revs but the car doesn't move respectively), harsh or delayed gear engagement, harsh or delayed shifting or absence of any or all of the reverse or forward gears. Keep in mind that other problems within the power train may emulate a transmission problem.

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      justtriposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the info!  So after doing everything that you said to do, I think that my transmission my need to be fixed and or replaced. Because this is the first time that I've ever had problems with my transmission. Lame!  http://www.mrtcalgary.com/

  3. jakegreen profile image59
    jakegreenposted 4 years ago

    As BigSeanR said, checking the fluid is probably the best way to diagnose transmission problems yourself. This should be done on a regular basis to spot problems before they become serious. Dark, burnt-smelling fluid is a sign that it needs to be changed and possibly inspected by a mechanic while a low fluid level could mean there is a leak. In this case, you should top up the fluid ASAP and if the problem continues, get your car inspected by a mechanic.

    That said, there are a number of other warning signs including: lack of response, whining, clunking, humming, grinding, shaking, burning smell, doesn't go into gear, check engine light, doesn't go into gear, slipping and a dragging clutch. This article describes every one of those problems in detail.

    http://www.transmissionrepaircostguide. … -problems/