Q: Q: Need help identifying issue please!

asked by on

Hello, the other day I went to drive my car and about 10 mins into my drive it was jerking a bit (it had never jersey before) . It would jerk a lot getting up to about 25mph then again when I was coasting about 45mph. At one point while I was at idle at a red light my car died, but then immediately started again just fine. The next day I went to drive it and when I turned it on it didn't sound as strong a startup as usual, the idle was bouncing around a bit, and it died within about 15 seconds. I started it back up, put it in reverse (it only jerked a little bit as I was going in reverse) then I realized there was a huge pile of my transmission fluid under where it had been parked overnight. Before the jerking started yesterday, there was absolutely no leak. So it appears all the transmission fluid drained overnight while my car was parked? Please help! Thanks

My car has 134000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello, thank you for writing in. It is possible the leak was starting to form when you were driving around the last couple of days. Automatic transmissions have a complex amount of components, seals, gaskets, and various passages for the fluid. The first step is finding out where the fluid is coming from, and in turn finding out how much damage has been done. Only after that assessment will we know what kind of repairs you are looking at. It may be as simple as a fluid line or a gasket, but it may be a sign of a bigger issue. At some point, replacing the transmission will be cheaper than fixing the old one. You will want to weigh your options after getting details about what exactly has failed. For help from our technicians, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: Need help identifying issue please!

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: Do I need a brake fluid flush when I replace my brakes?

Brake fluid, like other fluids used in our vehicles, is subject to degradation over time. Brake fluid is a hydraulic and hygroscopic substance which means it absorbs moisture if left exposed to atmospheric humidity. Minute pieces of rubber can break...

Q: Car doesn't move at all when iI engage the gear in both drive and reverse, rather shows W on the dashboard for gear position 2001 Volvo S80

Hi there - the "W" displayed on the instrument cluster means that "Winter mode" is selected. This means that 2nd or even 3rd gear starts are invoked (rather than 1st) in order to get away from a dead stop in...

Q: Car shaking, Check Engine light on ,brakes are not performed completely,vehicule doesn't take off as easy before 1999 Lexus RX300

Hi there - most likely, your power brake booster has failed. This booster uses engine vacuum to provide braking assist. When the brake booster fails, it both allows air into the engine intake that is unmetered by engine management (causing...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...