Most Common Transmission Problems
When you’re cruising around Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway, you should know that your car is running well. Still, it’s just as important to know when something isn’t right under the hood. One of the most important areas to look out for is your transmission, which controls your gear shifts and how the power is distributed.
So, what are the most common transmission problems? Honda of Bay County looks at the causes and symptoms of some of the most common issues to help you know when to get service.
Causes of Transmission Problems
- Low Fluid – Most transmission problems are caused by having low transmission fluid. Usually when you’re running low, it’s the result of your transmission leaking. This can cause all sorts of problems and will likely result in you having to get the transmission flushed and the gasket seals replaced to seal any leaks.
- Solenoid – Your transmission fluid is controlled by the solenoid. Almost all problems with this part are a direct result of having low transmission fluid. Any damage to this part can usually be traced to having low fluid.
- Slipping Gears – If you’re low on fluid or your solenoid is damaged, you’ll know from the gear shifts. In both automatic and manual transmissions, your gear shifts should be precise and correspond to the amount of power you’re giving the engine. With both issues, you’ll notice the transmission slipping out of gear or randomly going into neutral.
- Gears Locking – While driving with slipping gears is obviously not safe, the other extreme is that your transmission may lock up and not shift at all. The clearest sign of this is if you apply more pressure to the accelerator and hear the engine rev but your speed doesn’t change.
- Torque Converter – Sometimes, you won’t feel a transmission problem in the way your vehicle drives, but you’ll hear it instead. If you hear a sound like grinding metal while you’re accelerating but silence when you’re in neutral, that means there’s a problem with your torque converter. The cause of this is needle bearings overheating inside the torque converter. When these parts become too hot, they can wear down and become damaged easily.
- Clutch Jamming – Also inside the torque converter, you’ll find the clutch. When there’s a problem with it, your car will experience the same gear slipping or inability to shift out of gear. You likely won’t be able to get out of first gear or accelerate much.
- Overheating – Just like your engine, your transmission can overheat. Transmission fluid keeps your parts cool. Without enough of it, heat will build up and you’ll eventually be able to smell the remaining fluid burning. If you smell something burning during your drive, pull over, turn the engine off, and call for service immediately. Continuing to drive with an overheating transmission can lead to bigger mechanical problems.
Transmission Service Center
At Honda of Bay County, we have a team of highly trained technicians in our service center who can take care of all the most common transmission problems. From flushing your system to refilling your fluid, our team can help with all your routine maintenance. Plus, we can even help you out with full transmission service and repairs, too.
Schedule service online if you’ve noticed any of these problems. We’re proud to help drivers in Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway get back on the road with a fully functional transmission again in no time.