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3 Signs of a Failing Transmission

While it happens sooner for some than others, if you drive your car long enough and far enough, you will eventually run into problems that will require either transmission repair or replacement. While a replacement transmission can be expensive, if you keep an eye and ear out for some the warning signs of a failing transmission, you can give yourself more time to find the most affordable option, rather than having to choose whichever auto repair shop can replace it as quickly as possible. 

Problems Switching Between Gears

Since shifting between gears is one of the primary functions of your transmission, when that becomes difficult, it’s a warning sign that your transmission may be failing. Common shifting problems include gears shifting when they shouldn’t, jerking during shifting, and hesitation after each gear change. Additionally, if you hear grinding sounds when the car is between gears, that’s likely an indicator of a transmission problem. 

Strange Noises While in Gear

If your car isn’t making noises while you switch gears, but it makes whining or screeching noises while you’re in gear, that could also indicate transmission failure. Also, if your car makes sounds while you’re in neutral, even before you’ve moved into gear, then that’s also a sure sign that failure is imminent

Discolored or Leaking Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid usually has a bright red color and a distinct smell. If you notice red fluid in your driveway, or fluid that has a cloudy color and a smokey odor, then your transmission is on its way out and you should begin to look for repair or replacement options. 

At Toledo Discount, our skilled mechanics have extensive experience repairing and replacing transmissions in every type of car on the road today. Whether your transmission has already broken down, or you believe you’re witnessing the early signs of failure, contact us today to request service!

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