Whether you drive an automatic or a manual vehicle, the transmission is one of the integral systems in your car. It is made up of an array of sophisticated hydraulics as well as electrical components that all function to ensure that the power being generated by your engine is being transferred where it is needed in your vehicle. Any minor malfunction in the transmission system can adversely affect the overall operations of your vehicle. This is why it essential to know how to spot transmission problems before they get a chance to escalate and subsequently leading you to contend with a broken-down car. So what are some of the signs that your mechanic needs to look at your transmission?
Your vehicle is experiencing fluid leaks
One of the telltale signs of transmission trouble is you can start to visibly see leaks beneath your car when you move it from its parking space. It should be noted that transmission fluid does not burn when it is used as motor oil does. Therefore, if you begin to notice your transmission fluid is running low yet there are not visible signs on your parking spot, chances still are it is a leak in your transmission system. There are several reasons why your vehicle may be experiencing transmission fluid leaks. These include the following:
- Seals and gaskets that have worn out over time
- Loosening of the transmission pan
- Bell housings that have acquired damage
- An imbalanced drive shaft
- Axles that have become worn
Your vehicle is emitting abnormal sounds
Another sign it may be time to seek the services of a mechanic for your transmission is if you start to hear strange sounds emanating from your vehicle. It should be noted that a manual and an automatic transmission will display these auditory signs differently. For instance, a manual transmission system will most likely emit grinding noises when you are trying to shift into gear. This will indicate that the vehicle's clutch has become excessive worn and will require replacement. Grinding noises in manual cars may also come about if the gear synchronizers of the vehicle have acquired some damage.
On the other hand, an automatic transmission will most likely emit buzzing or humming sounds. These noises may also be accompanied by difficulty in driving straight as your automatic car may begin to shimmy to one side of the road. It would be crucial to have a mechanic diagnose the problem before further damage occurs to your transmission.