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What are the Signs of a Failing Transmission?

How to Tell If Your Car’s Transmission is Failing

Responsible for ensuring that your car shifts gears properly, the transmission is essential for safe driving. As vehicles age, you may encounter some problems with the transmission in your vehicle. At U.S. Auto Sales, we will explore a few common signs of a failing transmission that you should not ignore.

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Slipping Gears or Refusal to Change Gears

Slipping gears and refusal to change gears are a couple serious problems that should never go ignored. Not only is it frustrating to not be able to switch and hold gears, but it is also incredibly dangerous while driving. If this happens, avoid driving on the highway and in busy areas and get your car to the nearest mechanic immediately.

Burning Smell from the Car

If you smell something burning, get your vehicle checked out by a mechanic as soon as possible. When this happens, it’s possible that your transmission is overheating and, like an engine, damaging itself. You may also notice a burning smell from low or old transmission fluid.

Noises When in Neutral or Driving

Noises of any kind coming from your vehicle isn’t a good sign. If your car is making weird noises while in neutral, it’s likely that your transmission needs anywhere from new transmission fluid to a costly repair. If you are hearing grinding, shaking, or humming sounds, get your vehicle inspected as there’s a good chance your transmission has a problem that requires attention.

Transmission Fluid Leak

For the transmission to function properly, it needs the right amount of transmission fluid. In many cases, you can check if your transmission fluid is leaking by looking for red and sweet-smelling spots underneath your vehicle. Of course, not all leaks can be easily found without the help of a mechanic. If you suspect a transmission fluid leak, have your mechanic check your car out.

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