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What Noise Does a Failing Transmission Make?

When it comes to your vehicle, the transmission is one of its most important systems. It ensures that power is transferred from the engine to the wheels so that your car actually moves. The transmission is essentially a gearbox that is constantly in motion, which is why it is one of the systems that is most susceptible to wear and tear over time. No car driver wants to deal with transmission issues, however, they can arise if you have an older vehicle or a car that isn't properly maintained.

So, what noises does a failing transmission make so that you can be alerted of an issue? A transmission that is going bad will typically make humming, buzzing, or whining noises. Clunking or grinding noises when switching gears is also a telltale sign. There are also some additional symptoms to keep an eye out for that can also indicate transmission trouble:

  • The check engine light has turned on
  • Your car is noisy when in neutral
  • You notice a burning smell coming from underneath the hood
  • Your car is shaky at certain speeds
  • You notice a leak underneath your vehicle similar to the color of transmission fluid, usually red or brown
  • You have trouble switch gears
  • Your gear seems to be slipping

Any of the warning signs listed above can give you an idea that your car's transmission is failing. As soon as you think this is a possibility, it is important to bring your car into the shop for an inspection. The sooner the problem is taken care of, the better!

Transmission issues can progress quickly, which is why ignoring symptoms can take a toll on your car. In order to avoid transmission problems over time, be sure to keep up with your car's maintenance and ensure that you have a transmission fluid flush performed according to manufacturer recommendations.

For transmission repair, bring your car to Elite Auto Repair today!

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