No parts of your car can function or last forever. Whether you’ve had your car for some time or recently purchased a used one, it’s important to be checking the mileage and be aware of any abnormally that could mean at least one of those parts is due for repair or change.
Automatic transmissions; or automatic gearboxes will often start failing around 80,000 to 100,000 miles, and other times as soon as 60,000 miles. This is often dependent on a couple of things: the quality of the transmission itself and the use pattern of the vehicle. The more often the car has to shift, the more wear it will experience.example, a car that drives more highway miles and, therefore, won’t experience much shifting is bound last much longer before the gearbox needs replacing or repair than a car that only experiences the stop-and-go life of city driving. As your car gets to these milages, it would be better to become more aware of the following underlsited symptoms and prepare to effect appropriate repairs:
ROUGH OR JERKY SHIFTING: expect to sense a slight change in the rpm when your car is shifting. It’s normal to experience the change in gears. Once the shifting gets less smooth and shifting gears feels jerky or rough, or you notice grinding or shaking, it’s a good sign that something is not working properly and the issue should be addressed at a transmission repair shop.
SLIPPING: Another sign of transmission problems that involves how the car shifts is slipping. An example of gear slipping is when you attempt to accelerate, but the car still goes at a lower speed. Not only does gear slipping spoil your car, it’ll places you in a dangerous driving situation.
ABNORMALLY LOUD NOISES: similar to failing brakes and drive shafts, a failing transmission will sends off strange noises. A good way to know if there are problems with your transmission is if you start to hear loud or whining noises coming from the engine. This is especially the case if your car sounds louder than usual when it’s in neutral. It might not necessarily be the transmission in all cases, but it most certainly means something is wrong with your car.
DELAYED ENGAGEMENT: If delayed engagement happpens, you will experience your car taking an unusual amount of time before it shifts into another gear. example, if you’re switching from Park to Drive, it should be a smooth transition and you should notice the car wanting to move forward. With a delayed engagement, there could be a long delay before your car engages into Drive.
LEAKING FLUID: A quick way to ascertain gearbox issues is checking the transmission fluid levels. The transmission dipstick is usually behind the oil dipstick. To test your fluid levels, draw out the transmission dipstick, wipe it off, and reinsert it. Then, draw it back out to check the fluid level. If the fluid level is low, it could either mean you have a leak that simply needs sealing and the fluid replenished, or it could indicate more serious transmission problems.
If you ever notice any of these signs, contact your local transmission repair shop immediately to have your car checked by an experienced mechanic.