Most Common Transmission Problems

The transmission is one of the most important parts of any vehicle, as it works with the engine to propel the car forward.

While we expect the transmission to always work smoothly, the unexpected may occur. If you’re driving around Atlantic City or Egg Harbor and experience any of the following transmission problems, then schedule service right away at Boardwalk Honda.

Delay in Shifting

As soon as you shift from Park to Drive, the car should immediately go into the proper gear. If the vehicle hesitates or refuses to go into gear, then there’s something wrong with the transmission.

If the clutch jams and the gears are sluggish, then the car can shake, and the engine temperature may rise. If any of this happens, you’ll have to get the vehicle looked at as soon as possible.

Whining or Clunking Noises

If an engine is having issues, it could make noises that vary from whining or clunking to humming or buzzing. Basically, if you hear an unusual noise when shifting gears, then it’s indicating that there’s a problem with the transmission.

Grinding or Shaking

Your vehicle should always run smoothly without any shaking or jerking, or any grinding sounds. If any of these occur, then there’s a problem with the gears.

A manual transmission will show issues by making a grinding noise or feeling when you shift into gear. An automatic transmission, on the other hand, will take some time to wiggle into gear. If the problem gets worse, transitioning into the next gear will result in much more shaking. Regardless, you’ll want to get your car looked at right away.

Leaking/Low Fluid Level

If the transmission is low on fluid, then there’s most likely a leak within the transmission system itself. The best way to determine a leak is to place a piece of cardboard under your transmission when it’s parked. If there’s fluid on the cardboard when you slide it out from under the vehicle, then there’s definitely a leak.

Furthermore, transmission fluid is typically translucent and bright red in color and smells somewhat sweet. If that’s what you find on the cardboard, then the hole just has to be filled in. However, if the fluid is dark and/or has a burnt smell, then the fluid has to get flushed, and repairs may be required.

Check Engine Light

The check engine light appearing on the dash is a great indicator that something is about to, or has already gone wrong with the transmission.

Keep in mind that this light could go on for several reasons. It could be as simple as a loose gas cap or something more serious like a faulty engine or transmission. But, no matter why the light may come on, it’ll have to be checked out as soon as possible before the issue gets worse.

Get Your Transmission Looked at Today

If your automobile is experiencing any of the above symptoms, then bring it to the Boardwalk Honda Service Center. Our technicians will take care of the issue right away, so you can be back to driving around Atlantic City and Egg Harbor in no time.

Don’t wait. Schedule transmission service today!