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Grinding sound from transmission Inspection Service

Depending on whether you have an automatic or a manual transmission, it could make any number of different sounds during normal operation. A grinding sound from the transmission is much more common with manual models, but it can occur automatic transmissions as well.

How this system works:

Your transmission takes the energy generated by your engine and transmits it to your wheels. Depending on the setup of your vehicle, you may have two constant velocity (CV) axles that connect the transmission to the front wheels, or you may have a driveshaft that runs from the transmission back to the rear differential.

Automatic and manual transmissions do the same job, but they work in completely different ways. Manual transmissions are operated by the driver – you must shift gears in order to accelerate. With an automatic, the transmission shifts on its own at preset RPM settings.

Both manual and automatic transmissions require fluid (but not the same fluid) in order to operate. A staggering number of transmission failures have nothing to do with wear and tear, and everything to do with either too little or too much fluid.

Common reasons for this to happen:

  • Transmission Fluid Is Low: You may hear a grinding, whining or growling sound if your transmission is low on fluid. It may also be a gurgling sound. It varies a great deal from one transmission to another.

  • Transmission Fluid Is Contaminated: Your transmission fluid should be changed regularly to ensure that contaminants and debris are removed from the system. Over time, “fines” (small metal particulates) can build up in the fluid and cause damage.

  • Differential Low on Fluid: If you have a rear-wheel drive setup, it might not be your transmission making the sound. It could be the rear differential. If you have an all-wheel drive vehicle it could be your center or front differential. All differentials require fluid to lubricate internal parts.

  • Cracked or Chipped Gear: An automatic transmission producing a grinding sound may also have a chipped or cracked gear. If a final drive gear is chipped or cracked, you’ll hear a grinding or growling sound that stays consistent even with gear changes.

  • Failed Synchronizer: If you have a manual transmission and you’re experiencing a grinding sound when trying to shift gears, the problem is likely to do with the synchronizers. These help you smoothly shift into each gear and when they go out, it feels like you’re trying to shift without using the clutch.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to inspect your transmission, the transmission fluid, differential and other components. The mechanic will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.

How it's done:

The mechanic will first need to test drive the car to verify the grinding noise and to determine possible causes. The mechanic will also inspect your transmission, the transmission fluid and possibly your differentials depending on the results of the test drive.

How important is this service?

Your transmission is a critical component, and a grinding sound is a definite sign that something is wrong. In almost all instances, not repairing the problem promptly can lead to total transmission failure, which means your car won’t be going anywhere. One of our professionally trained mechanics can inspect your vehicle and determine exactly what is causing the grinding sound, and then provide an expedient repair.


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Miguel

21 years of experience
232 reviews
Miguel
21 years of experience
Nissan Rogue L4-2.5L - Grinding sound from transmission Inspection - Dumont, New Jersey
Very informative and helpful. Sent me pictures and explained everything in each picture.He called me to let me know he was available earlier than our scheduled appointment.

Raymond

27 years of experience
218 reviews
Raymond
27 years of experience
Dodge Durango V8-4.7L - Grinding sound from transmission Inspection - Victorville, California
I was well pleased with my experience. Raymond was on time, polite, thoroughly inspected my vehicle and explained to me the results of my diagnostic. Sadly it needs to be taken to a shop for repair but I really appreciated his service. Thanks again Raymond!

Bryant

12 years of experience
594 reviews
Bryant
12 years of experience
Ford Ranger V6-4.0L - Grinding sound from transmission - Indianapolis, Indiana
He was on time and quick to diagnose and fix the problem. I could not be happier and would certainly recommend him to a family member.

Roberto

12 years of experience
304 reviews
Roberto
12 years of experience
Lexus IS250 V6-2.5L - Grinding sound from transmission Inspection - Houston, Texas
Mr. Roberto was attentive, kind, and efficient. He patiently explained the issues thoroughly and has earned my trust as a 1st time customer.

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