Signs of a Bad Transmission

Signs of a Bad Transmission

If you’re starting to notice an oily slick forming on your driveway or garage floor, it’s probably time to take a good look at your transmission. Here at Key Cars, we help thousands of drivers throughout Milford, Manchester, and Middletown maintain a healthy set of gears to keep them moving throughout the day.

To make sure you don’t get stuck in a sticky situation, we compiled this list of signs of a bad transmission. Take a look, and don’t hesitate to contact one of our service centers today!


What Does A Transmission Do?

Next to the engine, the transmission is your vehicle’s most important piece of equipment. Not only is it responsible for supplying the correct level of torque to the wheels, it also prevents the engine from working too hard. Essentially, without a transmission, your vehicle would just be an idle heap of metal.

If you’re like most American drivers, your vehicle comes equipped with an automatic transmission. Inside your transmission sits a complex system of gears. As you maneuver down the road, these gears will seamlessly shift, making it possible to accelerate, slow down, and reverse.

To move the gears, transmission fluid is used as both a lubricant and hydraulic fluid. Remember that slick, oily spot on your driveway? Leaking fluid is often the first sign of a bad transmission and should be fixed right away.

Shifting Gears

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What Are Some Other Signs of a Bad Transmission?

While most modern vehicles have a sensor that will trigger your dashboard’s computer system, there are a few things you can keep an eye on to avoid a costly breakdown, or worse–a serious accident. These include:

Transmission Slippage

Whether it’s caused by low fluid pressure or a worn-out clutch, gear slippage is no issue to ignore. You’ll most often experience this while traveling along the highway; your tachometer will jump, and you’ll hear and feel your engine suddenly rev.

The moment this happens, make it a point to schedule a service appointment right away to avoid full transmission seizure.

Grinding or Whizzing Sounds

Strange noises accompanied by your gears wobbling into place is a clear sign of transmission trouble. If you drive an automatic, you might hear a high-pitched whining noise emanating from deep underneath your vehicle. If you have a manual transmission, you might hear it grind or feel that it’s difficult to switch gears.

Burning Smell

Most manufacturers recommend you change your transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. This often eliminates the risk of sticky build up inside your gearbox while also maintaining a safe temperature. Old, worn-out transmission fluid can start to emit a burnt, oily scent when not replaced. 

Delays or Stalling

A lack of response from your vehicle might be a sign your transmission has issues. Any slight hesitation in movement is reason enough to schedule a service appointment. This is also true if your gear shifter becomes sticky or difficult to engage.

Schedule Transmission Service Today!

Don’t get stuck in a sticky situation. Instead, bring your vehicle to Key Cars Service Center where our team can have back on the roads of Milford, Manchester, and Middletown in no time.

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