Your transmission can give you many signs that it’s having issues. Of course, if your check engine light is on, you should see your local mechanic so they can diagnose and fix the problem, whether it’s transmission related or not. Transmission troubles show up in many ways, with just one being an illuminated check engine light. Here are other signs you might need a visit to your local mechanic.
Visible Transmission Fluid
Unlike the water you see under you car after running your air conditioner, you should never see transmission fluid. Usually reddish in color with a sweet smell, a leak will show itself under the middle of your engine. Transmission leaks come from worn gaskets, seals, a rusted out pan or other reasons. Don’t wait, if your car loses all its transmission fluid, your engine can seize up.
It doesn’t matter if you have a standard or automatic shift vehicle, if you hear grinding noises or clunks during a shift, have your transmission checked. Grinding, slipping into neutral especially with a standards shift car, or jumping during acceleration are other common shifting issues.
If you start your car or have it in neutral and hear grinding or clapping, call your local mechanic to schedule an engine check. This may be an early sign of a transmission problem or it may just signal that the fluid is low which could be the result of a leak.
Normally we don’t smell our car. If you begin to notice a burning smell, it might be your transmission fluid. This might not be an actual transmission problem but it may be a sign that your transmission fluid needs to be flushed and replaced. If you don’t attend to this sign as soon as you notice it, you will end up needing repair or even a new transmission.
If you don’t have a local mechanic you know and trust, come to Oldsmar Automotive. Our team of transmission experts will check yours and provide an honest and fair repair estimate. Don’t let your transmission troubles turn into a seized up engine, have it checked today. You can call (727) 784-3501 to schedule an appointment or come by our facility at 3166 Tampa Road in Oldsmar.