The 10 Transmission Problems to Never Ignore

Schedule Transmission fluid is leaking Inspection
Service Area

$79.99 - $89.99

Price range for all vehicles
Average rating from 144 customers who received a Transmission fluid is leaking Inspection.

There’s nothing quite like transmission problems to stress out the average car owner. They are, at best, inconvenient and, at worst, very expensive. Proper vehicle maintenance is the best way to prevent transmission issues, but realistically, if you own your vehicle long enough, or if you’ve bought an older vehicle, sooner or later your car will develop some type of transmission trouble.

Transmission problems, if not fixed, will inevitably become worse, and there are some early indications that you should have a mechanic check out your vehicle. The following can be signs of a bad transmission:

  1. Check Engine Light comes on: Your Check Engine Light is the first indication that something has gone wrong, or is about to. It can mean any number of things, including transmission problems. There are sensors throughout your vehicle that tell the on-board computer if anything unusual is happening, and a number of those sensors are located on your transmission. They can pick up the tiniest vibration or jerk that you might not even feel. Never assume that your Check Engine light has come on for no reason.

  2. Clunking, humming, or whining: Transmission noises can be hard to identify, but they usually sound like whining, humming, buzzing or clunking. If you hear something that you’ve never heard before, it’s always best to get it checked out.

  3. Shaking or grinding: Your car shouldn’t shake or jerk, and you shouldn’t hear grinding. These are all indications of transmission trouble. With a manual transmission, the most common red flag is grinding when you shift. If it happens after you engage the clutch and shift, it could also be a sign of a faulty clutch. Either way, you need to get it checked. With an automatic transmission, you’re more likely to find it’s hard to get into gear when you first take off. As it worsens, you’ll notice shaking. Again, get it checked.

  4. Noise in neutral: If you notice a bumping sound when your car is in neutral, the problem could be as simple as low or dirty transmission fluid. If topping up the fluid doesn’t help, the fluid could be dirty, or there could be worn parts in the transmission – usually the bearings, reverse idler gear, or gear teeth.

  5. Hesitation: If the car hesitates when shifting, it’s usually a problem with the clutch. But if you find that the vehicle isn’t shifting smoothly, it could also be a sign of transmission trouble.

  6. Low or leaking fluid: A transmission fluid leak is one of the most reliable signs of a transmission problem, and should never be neglected. If you allow it to continue to leak, you could cause irreparable damage to your transmission. You can identify leaking transmission fluid easily. It’s bright red, and clear, and smells a bit sweet if everything is working properly. If the fluid looks dark or has a burnt smell, then your mechanic can drain it and replace it with new transmission fluid.

  7. Car won’t go into gear: This could also be a fluid problem, so check it and make sure that it’s at the proper level. It could also be a problem with the clutch linkage, the shift cables, or the computer system.

  8. Burning smell: Obviously, if you smell something burning, you should act immediately. Eliminate the possibility of fire, and then consider other causes. One of the most common causes of a burning smell is car transmission fluid that’s overheating. This happens when the fluid breaks down due to debris and sludge. Dirty fluid isn’t going to keep your transmission parts cooled and lubricated so that they don’t become damaged, and if you allow your car to run with dirty fluid, you’re eventually going to end up with a bad transmission.

  9. Draggy clutch: If you have a manual transmission, and the clutch seems to be dragging, it’s because the clutch disc and the flywheel aren’t disengaging when you press the clutch pedal. The clutch is still spinning, and changing gears will be difficult, if not impossible. You’ll probably find that this problem is accompanied by a grinding sound when you try to switch gears.

  10. Slipping gears: Your transmission is supposed to stay in one gear until you shift (with a manual transmission) or the computer does it for you (with an automatic transmission). If the transmission is slipping in or out of gear without any effort on your part in a manual, or sliding into neutral in an automatic, you need to get to a mechanic immediately! This is a huge safety issue, because if you need to hit the gas to avoid a dangerous situation, and you have no power to your wheels, the results could be catastrophic. The problem is likely worn or broken gear linkage, so if this happens, don’t waste time – get it fixed. Of all the transmission problems we’ve talked about, most of them won’t get you killed except for this one.


Next Step

Schedule Transmission fluid is leaking Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Transmission fluid is leaking Inspection. Yourmechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7 days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 10k cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Transmission fluid is leaking Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Transmission fluid is leaking Inspection Service

Average Rating

4.8/5

Number of Reviews

144

Rating Summary
135
4
0
1
4
135
4
0
1
4

Zachary

7 years of experience
43 reviews
Zachary
7 years of experience
Cadillac DeVille - Transmission fluid is leaking - Houston, Texas
Hey after a few bad experiences with automotive mechanics, I can definitely say Zachary is the epitome of one of the good guys. Not only did he share his knowledge with me step by step as he worked , it was very impressive and comforting, how honest and straightforward he was with what he seen during his inspection of my vehicle. I’d definitely ask for him again and recommend him to all!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Chrysler 200 - Transmission fluid is leaking - Houston, Texas
On time for my appointment, was very informative as to problems with my car. Also addressed concerns I had with repairs. Well recommended I would prefer his work again.

Maxwell

16 years of experience
390 reviews
Maxwell
16 years of experience
Dodge Durango - Transmission fluid is leaking - Conroe, Texas
Max was very knowledgable in what was wrong with my vehicle. Showed up with a very professional attitude, and gave us estimates on what the parts/labor will cost us on spot. Highly recommend him to anyone!!
Ford F-150 - Transmission fluid is leaking - Tomball, Texas
I was very impressed with the knowledge of Maxwell! He did a phenomenal job and went above and beyond to make sure I knew what needed to get done to make my truck run smoothly. I would highly recommend him.

Torrieanto

10 years of experience
489 reviews
Torrieanto
10 years of experience
Hyundai Veracruz - Transmission fluid is leaking Inspection - Saint Petersburg, Florida
Tried to work between the rain drops that turned into a storm thank you so much for your efforts and repair.

Chad

7 years of experience
8 reviews
Chad
7 years of experience
Saab 9-7x - Transmission fluid is leaking - San Antonio, Texas
Very nice, great knowledge about this car. Quick diagnosis and repair and on top of that came before appt. time excellent service.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE