Symptoms of Transmission Trouble
As reliable as most automatic transmissions are, they are relatively easy to break and quite expensive to fix. Being aware of how your vehicle performs, and any change in performance or noise is the first sign of trouble.
The most common sign is a delayed engagement. That is a moment of hesitation between the time you shift into gear and when the transmission actually kicks in. Other problems can include slippage or jerking/shuddering. It is also not good if the transmission gets stuck in gear. These problems may be more noticeable with a cold engine or after it's warmed up. Low transmission fluid due to a leaking transmission, a burning smell or dark transmission fluid can be another symptom. The check engine light will come on if the transmission is not shifting properly and you will hear, humming, grinding or buzzing while shifting or in certain gears.
It never pays to ignore a transmission problem, which is fixable if caught early. If your car has any described conditions, have your trusted repair facility inspect and advise you what is the best course of action.
Proper maintenance is keeping the transmission fluid, that cleans, cools and lubricates them clean. Have your transmission regularly serviced, have the filter replaced, reseal the transmission pan and put new fluid into the lines, transmission and torque converter. This service should be performed about every 2 years or 30,000 miles. This will help to extend the life of your transmission. Happy Motoring!
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