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How to Tell If You Need Transmission Repairs

The transmission plays a vital role in many vehicles today; they are in charge of transferring power from the engine to the wheels on your automobile. Without a working transmission, the wheels simply wouldn't be able to turn. Thus, you can't go anywhere. Unfortunately, the transmission may require repairs as your vehicle ages. Here are some ways to spot transmission trouble.

Check Engine Light On

Some cars have a specific light that can pop up on the dash for transmission issues. In other vehicles, the check engine light may be a way of signifying transmission trouble. Either way, you should address the warning lights as soon as possible.

Strange Behavior When in Neutral

If you hear weird noises or extreme vibrations when you're parked or in neutral, it could mean that your car is lacking in transmission fluid. It can also indicate that one or more of your transmission system's critical components malfunction.

Physical Evidence of a Leak

Your transmission needs fluid to keep its parts adequately lubricated. However, if the system gets impaired, the fluid may leak out. Often, you can spot it as the liquid is usually red, pink, or brown and will appear beneath your vehicle.

Burning Smells

Burning smells are another common symptom experienced by drivers with transmission trouble. It usually means the transmission is too hot and/or there's not enough fluid.

Slipping Gears

In both automatic and manual vehicles, the transmission has the same role of allowing smooth and seamless gear changes. When the system breaks down, this process is impacted. As a result, you may hear grinding or struggle to switch gears. You might also catch shuttering or shaking. In severe cases, your car could even slip out of gear abruptly, which can be extremely dangerous.

If you catch any of these warning symptoms above, please head to Prospect Lake Auto Care immediately. Otherwise, the damages could worsen, leading to more complex and costly repairs. Not only that, but it can possibly put you in a dangerous situation. 

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