Transmission Problems You Should NEVER Ignore
Transmission problems are the absolute worst. They cause your car to shake, rattle, and can completely total the vehicle. Making sure the transmission is kept in good shape is extremely important.
So what effects are okay and what are problematic? More importantly, when should you take your vehicle to a mechanic to get it repaired, and when can you just let the problem go?
The first moment you should consider taking the vehicle in to the mechanic is when the check engine light comes on. With the sophistication of the vehicle computer systems today, you can generally trust that when the check engine light comes on, you should take it in. A mechanic will be able to see why the check engine light is on, and if it has something to do with the transmission, this will prevent you the anxiety and headache of a transmission system slowly breaking down.
The next important action that should tell you to take the vehicle in immediately is if the car starts shaking or grinding when you are driving. Transmission shakes are extremely noticeable: when you are accelerating, the car will feel like it is jerking forward. If you are driving a manual vehicle, this shaking will occur along with a grinding sound.
A third sign that tells you that you should take your car in to get the transmission checked is a new noise coming from your engine while you are driving. Though transmission troubles often don’t make a sound, at times they emit a whining or humming noise. At other times, it is a continual clicking noise. Regardless, if you hear a sound that you hadn’t heard before, you should take it in to get it checked out.
If you have a manual transmission vehicle, figuring out if your transmission is going out or the clutch is bad is hard to distinguish while operating the vehicle. Both can cause problems such as hesitation when going into a certain gear, the car being unable to be put into gear, and a clutch that, once in place doesn’t seem to have gone in to the other gear can mean either transmission problems or a problem with the clutch. In these cases, it is best to get it checked out by a licensed mechanic to make sure that it is either the clutch or the transmission.
Transmission problems can sometimes occur without any previous warning. This makes it ever more important to get the car in for regular, scheduled check-up. This can prevent potentially problematic and dangerous situations with your vehicle.