Taking care of your transmission is part of your regular service schedule, but sometimes there are undeniable warning signs that mean you should take the car in for a checkup earlier. Here are some warning signs to look out for with a damaged transmission.
There's a Delay
One of the early transmission problems that's easiest to spot is a car that delays when you attempt to switch gears. You may notice that the car stalls before moving into drive each time you release the parking brakes.
The Transmission Isn't Smooth
Another warning sign is when the transmission feels like it has shifted gears in the middle of driving, without you doing anything to change the gears manually. At the same time, if you try to switch gears and the machine seems reluctant or gives a rocky shift, this is a fairly sure sing of transmission issues. The best thing to do is to drive as little as possible (and avoid touching the gears as much as you can) until an auto repair specialist checks the transmission for issues.
There's a Leak
Noticing a leak under your car is a fairly straightforward sign of a transmission problem. But you may be wondering whether it's an oil leak or transmission fluid leak. Transmission leaks tend to be bright red as opposed to a darker reddish-brown for oil leaks. Either way, take the car to a repair center to avoid further damage.
The Warning Light Is On
Finally, you've got a major sign of transmission problems if the engine warning light is on, especially if it is followed by the transmission code (often p0700). There are a number of problems that will elicit a transmission warning light, so use a repair specialist to diagnose the cause.
What To Do When You Spot the Signs
Any of the signs above can be a sign of serious transmission failure in the future. Since a transmission failure could cost you several thousand dollars, it's definitely worth a visit to the auto repair center to see if anything can be done ahead of time. Consider an auto towing company to tow your car to the auto center to avoid potential extra damage that comes with driving on a bad transmission. The problem may be something as simple as low transmission fluid, but you may also need to replace some of the transmission's parts or get a full replacement. Depending on your warranty and insurance, some of the cost may be covered for you, but getting the repairs done as early as possible will prevent you from having to make major repairs that come out of pocket.
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