Is it Safe to Drive With a Slipping Transmission?

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The transmission converts the power from the engine into motion so the vehicle can move. Vehicles have either an automatic or manual transmission. A manual transmission must be put into gear with a gear selector. An automatic transmission changes gears for you. For the purpose of this article, we are going to talk about an automatic transmission slipping.

Driving with a slipping transmission is not recommended. There are many potential reasons for a slipping transmission. Here are some things to consider if you think you may be driving with a slipping transmission:

  • One sign that your transmission is slipping is as you are driving it seems like your vehicle switches gears when it is not supposed to. A noise or change in pitch may accompany the change in gear. If your vehicle is unexpectedly switching gears while you are driving, this can be a potentially dangerous situation as the vehicle can be unreliable and start shaking.

  • Another sign of a slipping transmission is the vehicle does not change gears smoothly. A clunk or thud can be heard while the vehicle goes up or down in gears. Furthermore, the vehicle may have problems accelerating and reaching the proper speed as it goes through different gears.

  • A third sign of a slipping transmission is a delay before the vehicle starts to move. Once you move the shift from park to drive, there may be a long lag until the car starts moving. The engine may rev during this time, but will not go anywhere.

  • One of the most common causes of a slipping transmission is a low fluid level. Check the fluid level in your transmission using the dipstick. The vehicle should be idling and in park while you are checking the fluid. If the fluid is low, contact a mechanic to have a transmission fluid service. There may be a reason your transmission fluid is low, such as a leak, and this should be repaired as soon as possible.

  • A transmission fluid leak is another cause for a slipping transmission. This fluid is red in color, so if you notice it on your garage floor along with the symptoms above, you may have a problem with your transmission. To prevent further damage, contact a mechanic right away to have your transmission fluid leak inspected.

Driving with a slipping transmission is not recommended because the vehicle's safety can be unpredictable. It can go into different gears without warning, shake, and cause damage. If you see ay signs of a slipping transmission, contact a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to diagnose the problem and repair it as soon as possible.


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Matthew

32 years of experience
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Matthew
32 years of experience
Chevrolet Tahoe - Gears slipping when accelerating - Williamsburg, Virginia
Very knowledgeable and knew what the issue was as soon as he heard the engine.
Chrysler 300M - Gears slipping when accelerating - Hampton, Virginia
Matt is Awesome and his wife is too! God knew who I needed! The pleasure of meeting his wife was a bonus as others who knew me were caring about me being alone at night with a person I didn't know! Matt text and ask to come early as his previous appt finished early whiich was perfect for me. He was very kind, compassionate and caring and thorough. Matt is VERY knowledgable but very detailed which I like when explaining about his diagnosis and his delivery of it under my circumstance of what i'm dealing with in my life right now was handled with the utmost care & concern. He was honest and I found him to be Very trust worthy and a gentleman! My car can not be fixed unless I get a new transmission which I can not do so I neededf to know this to make decisions. He is truly and assest and cares about educating people about cars so they make wise decisons. Thanks a million and when God allows me money to purchase another car he will be my mechanic and yours...lol...I thank God for this service and bringing me the person he needed me to have! God Bless Matt and Karin

Theodore

15 years of experience
1182 reviews
Theodore
15 years of experience
Honda Civic - Gears slipping when accelerating - Bothell, Washington
Theodore was very professional and knowledgeable. We appreciate his work and would not only recommend him but will welcome him to work on our vehicles in the future. Thank you Theodore!!!
Subaru Outback - Gears slipping when accelerating - Bothell, Washington
Excellent and prompt service. My car is running great! Theodore is thorough and explains things very well.

Mark

23 years of experience
116 reviews
Mark
23 years of experience
Buick LaCrosse - Gears slipping when accelerating - Elgin, Illinois
Found out what the problem was and again we were wrong and Mark solved the problem. Thanks a lot:)

Jonathan

34 years of experience
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Jonathan
34 years of experience
Acura TL - Gears slipping when accelerating - Brooksville, Florida
He texted me asking if he could show up early. I explained that I would not be available until the scheduled time. I was very adamant about him not showing up before I was home, he said he would only take a look and wait for me to be home. By the time I got there he was already more than halfway done, had already test driven the car, and found all the issues. I think that the customers wishes should be respected, and if you tell someone you'll wait for them you should probably wait for them.

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