Signs of Transmission Trouble

Hearing that there’s a problem with the transmission can often send car owners into a panic. The costs of replacing or rebuilding a transmission can seem astronomical. But, it doesn’t always have to be that way! If you pay attention to your vehicle’s symptoms, you can catch transmission issues early and avoid a lot of the money and stress. Here are a few things to pay attention to:

Unusual transmission fluid

This is probably one of the best tell-tale signs of a transmission problem.  A normal transmission fluid is bright red and has a clean smell. If there’s a problem, the fluid will be dark, cloudy, and smell burnt. It could just be that the fluid is old and needs to be replaced, but you also need to be cautious about components in the transmission causing extra heat. Another sign of this is leaking—your transmission fluid shouldn’t ever leak, since this is a sealed component.

Transmission slipping

When your transmission is slipping, your vehicle will feel like it is changing gears on its own. You might also hear an unusual sound coming from your car’s engine.

Delayed or hesitant shifting

If you notice some sort of delay when shifting from park to drive, it could be a transmission problem. You might also notice a resistance when changing gears. Whether it’s a feeling or a noticeable sound, it’s probably your transmission.

Any unusual sounds

A lot of these other symptoms involve sounds, but can be a big indicator. The general rule is that if you think to yourself, “I’ve never heard that sound before,” it can be the sign of a failing transmission. The sound really depends on the vehicle, but is best described as buzzing or whining coming from the engine.

If you notice any of the above symptoms, or have any concerns about your transmission in general, don’t hesitate to pay a visit to our service department. You can easily schedule service online, or give us a call at 844-823-3118. You can also see what the recommended maintenance is based on your vehicle type here. No matter what you need, our highly-trained team at Honda Cars of Bellevue is ready to serve you!

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