Why It’s Important

Outside of the engine, your vehicle’s transmission system may be the most important system in your vehicle. The transmission is responsible for changing the gears within your vehicle. It’s because of this system you’re able to drive forward and backward. For manual car owners, they have the added benefit of controlling the RPM’s in their vehicle while they’re driving.

So if your transmission system runs into problems, it’s important that you have it repaired as soon as possible. By being proactive and getting ahead of the problem, you’ll be able to avoid any major issues and an expensive repair bill!

What Are The Signs?

What would be the best way to stay up-to-date with your vehicle’s transmission system? By understanding the malfunction warning signs it gives you. By understanding these signs, you’ll be able to get ahead of the issue and have it fixed by one of our service experts. Wondering what some of these signs are? The Lomita Auto Service team is here to help you. Next time you drive, make sure you stay aware of these signs of transmission failure!

Warning Light

Convenient, right? Most vehicles are now equipped with lights that’ll warn you when something is going wrong with a component or system, including the transmission. It’s due to sensors built within the computer system that can detect abnormalities well before you ever feel or hear them. A typical light you’ll see is the transmission temperature signal, which informs you that the transmission fluid is running hotter than normal. Regardless of what light you may have in your vehicle, make sure you visit our shop and avoid any bigger problems!

Fluid Leaks

When your vehicle starts leaking transmission fluid, that’s an easy sign that there’s something wrong with the transmission. You can tell by these two signs.

  1. You see a bright red and sweet/tart smelling fluid on the ground

  2. The transmission fluid is running low

Since transmission fluid doesn’t burn up during use, it’s almost always low due to a leak. Make sure you bring your vehicle to our shop before the issue, and repair bill, get worse.

Strange Movement

The transmission system was built to be smooth and responsive. When you change gears, it should smoothly transition to the selected gear. If you change gears and feel a hesitation or slip, you are definitely having transmission problems. For manual drivers, this sensation will occur when you shift gears and the vehicle hitches despite the engine running. For automatic drivers, they’ll experience the same sensation but it’ll be during a shift from “park” to “drive.”