The most common and problematic breakdowns with our cars are often issues with the transmission. The worst part about these failures is that they can have multiple reasons for malfunctioning, which can also lead to a big headache for car owners as we work to discover the source of the issue to fix it completely and prevent problems from happening again. Let’s take a look at some of the most common transmission problems.
Whining or Clunking
Ever been riding down the road and thought “what’s that sound?” or “I haven’t heard my car make this noise before?” There’s a good chance that are it could be your transmission. If this happens, do not hesitate to bring your car in. This can cause a small sound from turning into a big problem down the road.
This light is triggered by sensors throughout your car, including ones located within the transmission system. If a light does come on it, may mean nothing, it may mean a minor issue or it could be a serious alert. If an indicator appears, it’s always best to not take any chances and head to your local transmission specialist or mechanic.
Always be on the lookout for fluid beneath your car as it could be automatic transmission fluid. This is the lifeblood of the transmission, and – almost appropriately – can be recognized be the reddish color. If it is leaking out it, your transmission could seize up and break down very rapidly due to a lack of lubrication. A quick and simple patch job from your mechanic can often fix this, though, and get you back on the road in no time.
Much like the previously mentioned new sound from your car, a new or burning smell should be a cause for concern. It could very well be the smell of your transmission fluid burning, and if it is, you run the risk of your transmission overheating, leading to much more serious and extensive repairs.
Not Going Into Gear
If you start your car and it won’t shift from park to drive, that can be caused by several difference sources – incorrect transmission fluid, shift cables needing adjustment or even your car’s computer system malfunctioning. You can try and fix this issue yourself, but it often is a better idea to take it to a mechanic as soon as possible.
Builders Transmission offers transmission, engine and transaxle repair in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Our experienced team will get your car repaired in a timely manner to get you back out on the road. For more information on the services we offer, call us today at 918-251-1792.