How Can I Tell if My Automatic Transmission Is Going Bad?

Time is of the essence when it comes to automatic transmission problems. J&M Transmission & Auto Service advises that the sooner you have any problems addressed the less damage to your transmission. Generally, an automatic transmission should be serviced every 30,000 miles. If you fail to do so, you may notice any of the following signs of a bad transmission listed below.

Hot Odors

A transmission fluid check is part of the 30,000-mile service. If your transmission has low transmission fluid, it will overheat and you will notice hot odors coming from underneath your automobile.

Check Engine Warning

The check engine light is another sign that your vehicle has transmission problems. It will turn on if the transmission sends an error code to the engine control module indicating there is trouble.

Strange Sensations

Your vehicle shouldn’t shake or vibrate when the transmission shifts gears. You may feel your vehicle give a little, but severe shaking and vibration definitely indicate a problem with the transmission.

Grinding/Humming Sounds

Another sign your automobile’s transmission is going bad is grinding sounds or humming sounds. Squealing sounds can also indicate a problem in the transmission, especially if you hear any of these noises while your vehicle shifts through the gear cycle.

Neutral Sounds

You also shouldn’t hear any noises other than your engine idling when your vehicle is in neutral. One of the most common sounds of a bad transmission is humming noises while the automobile is in neutral. If you hear humming or other sounds, bring your vehicle to our shop right away.

Fluid Leaks

Transmission fluid is red and it will leak from underneath your automobile toward the center. If you have a transmission fluid leak, you have a problem with the pan, pan gasket or seals, the transmission hoses, or possibly your torque converter.

Gear Problems

Transmission problems often manifest through the gears. You may find it difficult or impossible to get your automobile to go into gear or the automatic transmission may not shift through the gears. It may skip gears, but it can also slip out of gear if it is having problems.

Unresponsive Transmission

Finally, if you shift your vehicle into reverse or drive and nothing happens, the transmission is unresponsive and this is a sign that there are serious problems. Your transmission should always go into gear smoothly.

Call J&M Transmission & Auto Service in Tea, SD, today if your vehicle is exhibiting any of the signs listed above.

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