We all dread the day our car stops working, and do all we can to keep our vehicles in the best possible condition by performing regularly scheduled maintenance, protecting them from harsh weather conditions, and doing our best to avoid excessive wear and tear. But there still comes a day in the life of every car when its original parts simply wear out. When your car’s transmission starts acting up, it can be a major concern. How do you know when it’s time to replace it? Here are a few things to consider when you are trying to decide if your vehicle is in need of a whole new transmission.
Transmission Fluid Leaks– If you are noticing small puddles of fluid underneath your car, this is a definite red flag that you should bring your vehicle to an automotive service center without delay. What you are seeing may very well be leaking fluid, which can very quickly lead to major issues that can be time-consuming and expensive to repair.
Odd Smells– Transmission fluid has a distinctive, tart odor when it is performing as expected. If you should smell a burning odor coming from your car, this can be an indicator that something is wrong with your transmission, and you should seek help from a service center at your earliest convenience.
Strange Sounds– When your transmission is operating normally, it should not be accompanied by any sounds that are out of the ordinary. Because of this, any unusual grinding, whining or humming sounds coming from your car should be addressed by a transmission expert as soon as possible.
Lack of Movement– Your transmission is the component that makes driving your vehicle possible. For this reason, any delay in movement or inability to drive should be taken very seriously and checked out right away by a service center that specializes in transmission repair and replacement. If you are feeling your car hesitate when shifting from park into drive, or when shifting gears on a manual transmission, visit your repair specialist right away.
Mike’s Transmissions is your resident San Jose, CA expert in all things transmissions! We offer top-quality service, repair, and replacement. Call us today at 408-629-4205 to schedule your diagnostic estimate for replacement or repair. We’re standing by to help you!