What Should I Do if My Transmission is Slipping?

What Should I Do if My Transmission is Slipping?

Your car’s transmission is one of its most complex systems. There’s a lot that needs to happen in order for it to function and shift gears properly. While regular maintenance is always a good idea, it could also be the beginning of a more serious problem, especially if it isn’t given attention immediately. You should definitely know the early warning signs that your transmission needs to be serviced. 

The Signs That Your Transmission is Slipping

There are many possible indicators that your transmission might be having trouble, the most notable is a slow or delayed shift when accelerating. You can usually tell that your car is shifting gears by the change in pitch and a drop in your RPM. If your car is changing gears suddenly without acceleration or deceleration from you, get your car serviced immediately as it could be dangerous to drive. Other warning signs include grinding noises, revving or “chugging” sounds, issues with driving in reverse, or If you smell burning or other unexpected smells. Don’t wait until you see all of these signs, the sooner you get help, the better chances you have. 

The Causes Behind Your Transmission Issues

Because automatic transmissions especially are such complex machines, there’s a quite a few possible reasons for your troubles that range from more common to more serious.

Lack of Fresh Transmission Fluid Can Cause Slipping

The majority of transmission issues stem from low or burnt out transmission fluid. Luckily this is the easiest and least expensive way to regularly maintain your transmission. Depending on the manufacturer, you will want to change the fluid every so often. A well taken care of transmission is bound to last you many more years than one that hasn’t been given enough attention. Take your car to your mechanic to get a fluid flush if the transmission fluid is low, burned out, or old.

Worn Out Transmission Gears Can Begin to Slip

Failure to regularly maintain your transmission fluid can begin to wear on your gears. The excess heat that is usually dispersed by fresh fluid builds up and causes the gears on your transmission to slip. If they cannot engage properly they will slip out of synch. There could also be a malfunctioning set of gears, which could be caused by an error in the car’s production.

Your Transmission Has A Defective Solenoid

The solenoid is the part of your transmission that controls the flow of transmission fluid using electromagnetic fields. When you shift gears, the solenoid pushes transmission fluid into the valve body to engage the next gear. A defective solenoid could be causing a lack of transmission fluid to enter the transmission, which could cause overheating and slipping. If you’ve been regularly servicing your transmission fluid, replacing the solenoid could be the next step to solving your issues.

Worn Out Transmission Bands Can Cause Slipping

Bands are the elements of the transmission that link the gears of an automatic transmission together. In order for the transmission to reach optimal performance, bands and clutches must engage and release the different gears with precision. Broken or worn out transmission bands can cause slipping and need to be either adjusted or completely replaced. Clutch plates in both the transmission and torque converter might also be worn out and require a replacement. These issues most commonly stem from a lack of clean transmission fluid.

Your Clutch Needs to Be Replaced

Rather than a main clutch in a standard or manual transmission, automatic transmissions employ the use of a torque converter. These converters connect to the engine through the bell housing. Both torque converters and manual clutches rely heavily on clean transmission delivery from the solenoid. Over time, clutches are worn out from normal use and commonly need to be replaced at some point after the midpoint of the car’s life.

Contact Us

If you are experiencing any of the above issues, or if your transmission needs a thorough diagnosis, we are happy to provide you with top quality transmission services, give us a call at 617-489-0291 or contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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