With all of their moving parts and often gruelling requirements, cars can be very fickle machines. With enough wear and tear, or if thrust into the wrong situation, any number of components on a car can stop working as they should, potentially making your vehicle unsafe to drive – or even undriveable. A car’s transmission is one such example of this, and it is often due to the large cost of replacement components that people are often in denial about issues related to their transmission. Caught at the right time, though, you can help save your transmission (and yourself a lot of money) – in this article, we take a look at a few key signs that your transmission is on its last legs.
Obvious signs your transmission is having a tough time
Transmissions can represent a huge problem for car owners, particularly if you forgo important steps in the lead up to buying a car, like getting a pre purchase inspection in Sydney. One of the clearest early warning signs of transmission trouble is when gears slip. Slippery gears involve the car not being able to properly put itself into the right gear, and this is often followed by the car suddenly finding the gear causing the car to lurch forward again. This can be quite dangerous in the wrong situations, but it’s usually a simple fix – extra addition of transmission fluid can quickly manage gears that slip, and can help prevent more serious issues down the line. Even people with manual cars can find that their transmission is playing up. If you’ve tried to shift and are finding that it is more difficult than it used to be, it might be an indication that your transmission is having problems.
Finding that your car is stalling unexpectedly?
If you find your vehicle is momentary stalling or surging, you’ll need to get this issue fixed as soon as possible. It only takes you being in the wrong place at the wrong time for this to cause a serious accident, whether it be because your car unexpectedly lurches forward or if it slows down for no apparent reason. If you own an automatic car and find that the automatic transmission is shifting gears either too early or too late, it could be an indication that your transmission is full of dirt and other debris and will require a full flush to restore it to its former glory. If this, or any of the other issues we touched on have happened to you, the best place to start is by checking the transmission fluid level. A simple top up is all it might take to ensure that your transmission won’t slowly tear itself apart due to not having lubrication.
Is your transmission giving you grief?
If you’ve noticed some of the above mentioned issues with your car, it’s a good idea to take it into the mechanic before the problem gets any worse (and it will, believe us). Although not going in could save you a few bucks for the moment, having to replace an entire transmission system is going to be a much more problematic scenario for people, especially those on limited budgets. With this in mind, why not take you car in for an inspection today?