When your vehicle starts acting up, it can be alarming. You don’t know what the problem is, so you aren’t sure how serious it is or what you should do. Vehicles are made of so many moving parts, it’s hard to tell which one is causing the issue. While it might be tempting to wait and see if the problem gets worse before asking for help, that often only makes the problem worse – especially if the transmission is to blame.
Nobody wants to find out there’s something wrong with their transmission, but the truth is that there are many transmission issues that are easy fixes – as long as you address them as soon as they come up. To make sure you don’t find yourself looking at costly transmission repairs, make sure you are aware of the warning signs of transmission problems like:
The most obvious sign there's something wrong with your transmission is when the warning light lights up on your dashboard. Sometimes it might be a faulty sensor, but it's best to get it checked out immediately to make sure.
If you notice transmission fluid on the ground underneath your vehicle, it's time to head to your nearest National Transmission. There are many reasons transmission fluid leaks, and many of them are cheap and easy fixes if they are repaired quickly. But if you let a leak continue, the problem only grows.
Has your transmission been slipping from one gear to the next? It can be hard to tell in automatic vehicles, but if you have noticed that your vehicle feels sluggish, your engine noise changing unexpectedly, or your vehicle not accelerating properly, your transmission might be slipping.
Similarly to transmission slipping, rough shifting can be a sign of a transmission problem. If you hear loud "thuds" when your vehicle shift gears, or if your car doesn't seem to drive immediately after you've shifted out of park, it's time to have your transmission looked at.
Smell something burning? Don't panic, but schedule an appointment with National Transmission. The transmission fluid is likely overheating, signaling there's a problem with your transmission.
If you hear grinding gears or noises coming from the engine when your vehicle is in neutral, you could be dealing with transmission issues. Make a note of what it sounds like (or, even better, record the noises if you can) and get your vehicle in for a transmission inspection.
These are all early warning signs of transmission trouble. As soon as you identify one, schedule an appointment or drive straight to your nearest National Transmission. We are transmission experts, and we’ll diagnose your problem, offer the best solutions, and complete any repairs needed to get your vehicle back to normal as soon as possible.