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Signs of a Failing Transmission

Updated: Feb 21, 2022


Transmission Service

A car’s transmission directs power created by the engine to the drive wheels, which in turn, rotate the wheels. Without it, your car doesn’t move. Your transmission relies on transmission fluid for cooling and lubrication. Consistent transmission maintenance could save you $1000s.


Steps you can take to reduce the risk of transmission failure:

1. Check the level and color of your transmission fluid every couple of months. Some vehicles have a dipstick for easy access, but others are closed systems and require a few tools or a mechanic. Refer to your owner’s manual.

2. Change your automatic transmission fluid every 30,000 – 60,000 miles. Use only manufacturer recommended fluids and fill amounts. Make sure the transmission fluid pan is removed, cleaned and a new filter is installed.

3. Never switch from drive to reverse or vice versa while the car is still moving.

4. Accelerate smoothly to allow gears to change at the correct times.


Signs of Transmission Failure

1. Problems Shifting Gears. Your car’s gears are an integral part of the transmission, irregularities with shifting gears including hesitation or outright refusal to shift into the proper gear, falling out of gear while driving, shifting gears for no apparent reason, or jerking when shifting gears are telltale signs of transmission trouble.

2. Weird Sounds. Pay attention to out-of-the-ordinary sounds. Does the sound resemble humming, buzzing, whining or clunking? These are the most common used terms to describe transmission failure noises.

3. Leaking Fluid. If you see the red fluid on your driveway, whether it appears clear or cloudy, take the car to the auto repair shop. A leak doesn’t necessarily mean your transmission is going bad, but if you let it continue to leak, it will definitely cause damage.

4. Grinding, Jerking or Shaking. If changing gears produces a grinding or shaking sound it can be a sign of a worn clutch or other issues.

5. Burning Smell. A burning smell should always raise a red flag. Overheating is one of the most common causes of transmission failure. When temperature rises, the fluid burns and begins to lose its lubricating qualities, which causes transmission failure.


For Transmission Service, call Maestro Truck and Auto Service at 727-699-1099.

Transmission problems can be serious and cost you serious amounts of money. If you notice any of the signs listed here, make sure you have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible.

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