As the manual transmission fades into obscurity, many drivers prefer the convenience of an automatic version. Clearly, automatic transmissions have many advantages over their manual counterparts, which is why manuals are quickly becoming obsolete. The advantages are obvious: drivers can concentrate more on the road, drive with one hand, there is no need for constant shifting in stop-and-go traffic, and a plethora of other benefits.
As your vehicle ages, so does its transmission; and like any other component requires service, or it will eventually stop working properly. But how can you tell if your automatic transmission is about to fail? Here are four easy and noticeable ways you can spot a transmission going bad:
1. Slower Shifting
Automatic transmissions should shift seamlessly and quickly; a gap or slowdown between gears should be felt. Over time, you get used to the exact moments it shifts, but what happens if it suddenly starts acting slow and weird? Well, the answer is a visit to the repair shop. With all the moving parts, it's prone to damage, and one symptom is slow, sluggish shifting.
2. Transmission Won’t Go In A Certain Gear
Skipping or denying gears is a very bad sign. The reason might be a broken gear or several at once. It can also be caused by bent or worn-out gear teeth.
3. Excessive Noise From The Center Console
Noise is one of the most noticeable signs of any problems in your car. This also applies to the transmission. If you notice any weird noises like grinding or whining, make sure to stop by a repair facility to get it checked out ASAP.
4. Shaking Or Vibrations
Shaking while shifting or in certain gears is a dead giveaway, just like weird or unusual noises. This can be caused by a variety of factors (excluding the transmission), so keep that in mind. If you have noticed it happening and have ignored it for a while, you might even be in for a complete rebuild.
Noticing any of these symptoms can save you money in the long run - as well as stress and nerves. Make sure to take advantage of them and leave your car at a shop near you.
Need Repairs? Visit Gil's Garage!
At our shop in Halfmoon, NY, we service and repair everything from the front to the back bumper. For a list of brands we work with, visit the "Services" tab or contact us. You can also book straight away using the "Appointments" page!