Common Problems with Automatic Transmissions

The brilliance of the automatic transmission is how easy and seamless it is to switch from one gear to another. That is why most manual transmissions are phasing out. Even though the newer, more modern automatic transmissions are longer lasting, it is still imperative that you maintain their parts and fluid. Did you know that it costs more to replace them than it is to replace your car’s engine? Read on to learn more about the common problems of automatic transmission and what you can do to prevent them.


8 Signs of Transmission Problems

  • Grinding or shaking when switching gears
  • Slipping gears
  • Leaky transmission fluid
  • Unresponsive transmission
  • Dashboard warning light
  • Burning smell
  • Humming or clunking noises
  • Jerking movements

If the issue is minor, your mechanic may recommend a transmission fluid flush to mitigate the problem. Other solutions may include resetting your vehicle’s internal computer. If the problem is left to develop or is more severe, you may require a part repair, rebuild, or replacement


One of the surest ways to ensure your automatic transmission lasts for a long time is to frequently check on your transmission fluid. It should be at the right levels and free of contaminants. Transmission fluid is naturally pink or red. So if you notice a darker color, it may be due for a flush.


More importantly, you should always follow your automaker’s recommendations when it comes to transmission maintenance services. If you experience any of the signs mentioned above, we invite you to bring your automobile to Monkey Wrenches for quality transmission repairs.

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