The 5 Most Common Transmission Problems

As a driver, you dread the day that one of your important (and expensive) pieces of engine machinery may stop working. To let our drivers in the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville area know about some of the issues that could affect their driving, we're going to list the five most common transmission problems. This article will help you to diagnose an issue so you can seek professional assistance before it becomes a major problem.

What Does Your Transmission Do?

Your transmission converts the force from your engine into a controllable source of power. The engine power, or torque, is sent though the crankshaft where it's slowed down to give you control of your vehicle's speed and handling. Without a transmission, you would experience high speeds, and the ability to control your vehicle would prove increasingly difficult.

Your transmission is a vital part of your vehicle's drivetrain. As a result, it can experience wear and tear, and keeping up with its well-being is of the utmost importance.

The two major transmission styles are manual and automatic. A manual transmission requires you to shift gears to reach a desired speed, while an automatic transmission does this for you. Both are effective systems, so the optimal choice is a matter of preference.

Common Transmission Problems

Noisy Transmission

Your vehicle will always make a noise, but this noise is more noticeable when your vehicle is in neutral. It will be a bumping sound. More often than not, this means your transmission either needs more fluid or new fluid. If this doesn't work, there may be some worn-out components that need to be replaced.

Slipping Gears

This problem can occur with both manual and automatic transmissions. Your gear will automatically pop into neutral. The cause of this issue is often a worn or broken link that holds down the gears. It's advised that you get this problem checked out and repaired as soon as possible because it poses a serious safety risk.

Won't Go Into Gear

This can happen to both manual and automatic transmissions. If it refuses to shift into gear, the problem is usually low fluid or the shift cables or clutch linkage need to be adjusted. With automatic transmissions, it could be a problem with the computer system.

Strong Burning Odor

There's a variety of smells that indicate a problem with your vehicle. When the smell is coming from your transmission, it means the fluid is either old or running low. This causes your transmission to run hot. This problem should be corrected by a professional because if it's not fixed, it could result in irreversible damage and a costly replacement.

Buzzing, Clunking, and Humming

Noises are often effective in letting you know that there's an issue with your vehicle. The buzzing, clunking, and humming sounds that you hear tell you there's a problem with your transmission. The cause of these sounds is usually the constant velocity joints, but it's always best to get a professional opinion.

Is your transmission experiencing any of these problems? Drivers in the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville area can always schedule service with our team at Richmond Ford Lincoln.

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