If you notice that sometimes your vehicle gives a little delay when you are trying to speed up, followed by a jolt moving the car forward abruptly, this could be the transmission. There are a lot of signs that indicate a transmission problem and that you can catch early to prevent expensive and big problems. Here are some of the things that you want to do to make sure that you can get the vehicle inspected and to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive.
Watch for These Symptoms and Check the Fluid
If the transmission has problems it will be easiest to notice when you are accelerating and decelerating, because these are the functions that involve the use of the gears. If the vehicle is doing these things, you should definitely get it checked out by a mechanic:
- Grinding or shaking
- Slipping out of gear
- Releasing burning odors
- Having delayed gear engagement
You can check the fluid on your own to see if poor fluid levels are the problem. If this is the issue, you want to get the fluid tank replaced so you don't have leaking problems in the future, and you want to see what damage was done to the transmission when it didn't have sufficient lubrication.
Find a Transmission Specialist
As you search for a mechanic, you want to target professionals or shops that work specifically with transmissions, since they have the right professionals to examine the vehicle and do the repairs. The specialist can tell you what repairs are needed, or if the transmission is so badly damaged that it would be better to rebuild it or replace it. Get the vehicle into a mechanical shop as quickly as you can, because driving it could put you at risk of having a vehicle problem while on the road.
If your transmission can't be fixed, you'll want to see what it would cost to rebuild yours or if there are affordable used or rebuilt options in the area for you to purchase. Get the vehicle in as quickly as you can to get a quote and to get a diagnosis to confirm that the problem is the transmission and so you can be sure that you know what needs to be fixed. Don't drive the vehicle when there is a risk that the transmission will break and the vehicle won't be able to be driven, leaving you stranded.
Contact a transmission repair shop for more information.