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Signs That Your Car is Having Transmission Trouble

April 5, 2013 - Your vehicle’s transmission is one of the most important parts of your car, as it regulates the speed and overall movement.  If the transmission isn’t working properly, there’s a huge potential that there will be problems while driving the car forward or in reverse – if it drives at all.

Having to replace your car’s transmission – or having any other transmission work done on your car – can get very costly. No one wants to and add an expensive repair bill to their budget.  Any indication of possible transmission problems must be investigated promptly to avoid further damage, resulting in expensive transmission repair costs.

Here are some signs to look out for that may indicate your vehicle is experiencing transmission trouble:

Service Engine Light

A service engine or check engine light can be an indicator of a variety of problems with your car.  If there are possible problems with the transmission, the service engine light could come on as a warning signal.

Transmission Fluid Leak

If you notice that your car is leaking in the front middle section, check the color of the fluid to see if it’s leaking transmission fluid.  If the fluid is red in color, it’s more than likely transmission fluid, and should be serviced as soon as possible.

Delayed Acceleration

If you’re revving the gas but your car isn’t moving any faster, or maintaining a slow speed, there’s a possibility that there is a problem with the transmission.  Other terms used are “slipping”, which describes the instance of revving the gas to increase speed, but the power isn’t translating to the wheels in order to power the car faster.

Shaking or Vibration while Driving

If shaking or vibrations are felt while driving, this could be a sign that there may be a problem with the transmission.  Hesitation, stuttering, or shaking while accelerating can also indicate transmission trouble - and should be investigated immediately.

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