Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Driving my minivan two days ago it felt like the transmission wasn't shifting right but on my way home I heard a weird noise 2001 Mazda MPV

asked by on

What is causing this
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there - check your transmission fluid level first - make sure the fluid is relatively clear (vs cloudy) and closer to pink-red than black (dirty), as well as being at the correct level. Check also for problem codes, whether the "Check Engine" light is on or not. Most auto parts stores will do this for you for free on a "time-available" basis. Without hearing the noises you mention, or a more descriptive set of symptoms (not upshifting at the right time, "flaring" or the feeling that the transmission is slipping on upshifts, etc.). I recommend a transmission inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • Driving my minivan two days ago it felt like the transmission wasn't shifting right but on my way home I heard a weird noise 2001 Mazda MPV

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Clueless

I know this can be a little frustrating when you do so much work and nothing happens. Starting fluid isn't going to be good if it doesn't run afterwards. You may want to inspect your timing belt. I often turn...

Q: Car is overheating and smoking, the is coolant low, and there is a rattling noise

Hello. From what you describe, it would appear that your vehicle may be experiencing more than one issue. If the vehicle needs to be constantly jumped, then there is likely an issue with the battery or the charging system. I...

Q: Car cannot move, loud noise

Hello. We will be very happy to assist you with your 2005 BMW 330xi. Your description sounds like that of a broken ball joint or constant velocity axle. Especially being that the wheel had a feeling like it was about to...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.