Understanding Transmission Issues

Understanding Transmission Issues

Your car has different parts that work collectively for your car’s operation, and the transmission is one of the major ones. Like any other part of the car, you need to ensure your transmission remains in good condition for your safety and the durability of your vehicle and has no transmission issues.

While your car engine produces power for the car, the transmission determines how much power reaches the wheels. This allows it to drive at different speeds.

Signs of a Faulty Transmission

There are different types of transmission issues you can run into caused by different things. Most causes are usually transmission fluid leaks, low, old, or burnt transmission fluid, and a clogged transmission fluid filter.

Detecting transmission issues early helps keep it in good shape and saves you money. If left unattended, the problem could cause more damage or failure to your car, and it also poses a threat to you, passengers, and other road users. Some signs to look out for include:

Burning smell

Transmission fluid keeps your transmission lubricated and regulated temperature. The transmission overheats when the fluid is low, giving off a sweet-burning smell. The smell could also come from old or burnt transmission fluid, a melting heater, or trapped plastic. Whichever the cause, drive to an auto repair shop immediately you notice those smells.

Strange sounds

If you notice weird sounds when you have your car on neutral, that is a transmission issue. Sometimes, it might mean the problem is as simple as a transmission fluid issue. However, it could also imply other transmission issues like gear teeth or bearing problems requiring replacement.

Go to the nearest auto repair shop if you also hear humming, whining, and clunking sounds while driving.

Slipping gears

Driving with your car impulsively slipping from one gear to another is scary, dangerous, and could cause other issues with your engine.

When this happens, you will notice your engine revving when you attempt to change gear. This makes it feel like you are driving on ice without reaction. You might also notice strange noises, acceleration delays, and harsh responses when shifting gears.

Issues shifting gears

This happens when you are low on transmission fluid. You might notice that your transmission jerks or hesitates when you change gear. If you have clean and new fluid, the clutch linkage or shift cables might be the issue.

Leaking fluid

This is one of the simplest transmission issues to notice. There are many fluids in your car, but the transmission fluid is red and sweet-smelling. If you notice this under the car, have it repaired immediately as a continued leak will result in other significant problems.

Clutch drag

If you are using a manual car, this is one of the issues to look for. A clutch drag makes it difficult for the clutch disk to disengage, leaning the clutch spinning. This makes it impossible to change gears since the clutch cannot transfer power from the engine to the drivetrain. You might also hear a grinding sound when this happens.


If you experience shaking as you change gears, you need to get your transmission checked.

Check engine light

The check engine light indicates minor or severe issues. Have your car checked immediately if the check engine light is lit.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or to get more information about any transmission issues, contact Ralph’s Transmissions today!