Tell-Tale Signs Your Car’s Transmission Is Broken

All older cars will, from time to time, experience problems with their transmission. It’s one of those inevitabilities. After all, the transmission has many moving parts. But determining what the precise problem is can be difficult. There are so many things that can go wrong with you transmission. Some of those problems are minor. And some can lead to outright failure. Because the transmission is so prone to failure, it needs to be looked after well. It’s likely that it will fail a long time before other parts of your car. And so it should be checked by a professional each time your car gets serviced.


Catching transmission failure early is the key. If you let problems develop, it can end up costing you more down the road. So what should you look out for?

Lack of Responsiveness

When you change gears, the gear change should be quick and responsive. But cars that are suffering from transmission issues will hesitate. In automatic cars, this usually occurs when going from park to drive. You’ll put the vehicle into drive, but it will take some time for the gear to bite.

In manual cars, it’s a slightly different problem. When you change gear, the car doesn’t surge forward as expected, even though you have your foot on the gas. This is a sign that the clutch needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Check out to find out more.

Strange Noises

The noise that a failing transmission makes will depend on how precisely it has failed. And it can fail in many different ways as points out. If you notice a new sound coming from your cars, like a whining or a hissing, you should start getting worried. In automatic cars, the first thing you’ll notice is a humming or a buzzing sound. Failing manual transmissions tend to generate clunking and scraping noises. As before, it’s best to have the issue resolved as quickly as possible. However much money it will cost to repair now, it’ll be more expensive if it is allowed to develop.

Burning Smell

Burning smells in cars usually come from an excess of friction. And since the transmission has a lot of moving parts, this should be a prime suspect. Often a burning smell in the transmission is caused by a loss of transmission fluid. When fluid leaks out of the transmission, there’s no longer anything to lubricate it. And once this happens, you start getting more friction and more heat. If you catch the problem early enough, you’re probably safe. After all, it’s often easy to replace transmission fluid. Leaving the problem causes the components to wear and quickly fail. Make sure that when you replace the fluid, you use the correct transmission fluid for your car.

Noisy In Neutral

A transmission that is noisy in neutral is an important warning sign. It’s telling you that there’s something wrong with the gearbox. The good news that it’s usually something quite simple. Often, it’s just a matter of replacing the fluid. Sometimes it can be something a little more involved, like worn out bearings. But again, it’s best caught early.

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