Most Common Transmission Problems

An Overheating Car Can Harm Your Transmission

When you’re driving around D’Ilberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg, it’s important to know if your car is experiencing any service issues. Knowing what your car is going through can make all the difference when it comes to patching something up or replacing a part.

Pat Peck Kia wants to help you keep your car in great shape. That’s why we put together this review of the most common transmission problems.

Most Common Transmission Problems

Replacing Transmission FluidsYour transmission is how your vehicle is able to change gears. If its not able to do that effectively, your car isn’t going anywhere fast. Here are some of the most common problems:

  • Low Transmission Fluid: Just like your engine, brakes, and cooling system, your transmission needs adequate fluid to function. This is probably the most common transmission problem. If it’s low on fluid there could be several causes, including a leak or your fluid is old and needs to be flushed out and replaced. When this occurs, the transmission will have trouble shifting. Either it won’t be able to change gears at all, it’ll feel like the gears are slipping, or your changes will take much more effort. You’ll be able to hear, and sometimes feel the gear shifts, since they’ll be very forceful.
  • Solenoid: Your solenoid is what manages the flow of transmission fluid. This issue is sort of a by-product of the previous one since a leading cause of solenoid problems is low transmission fluid. Again, this can happen if you’re leaking fluid or you’re overdue for a refill. Solenoid problems can also be caused by electrical problems. With this issue you’ll experience the same sort of gear slipping or failure to shift.
  • Torque Converter: One issue that isn’t as reliant on transmission fluid is a problem with the torque converter. Needing service on this part is usually the result of damaged needle nose bearings. When these overheat or breakdown you’ll hear a grinding sound when you’re driving. One way to figure out if this is the problem is to put the car in neutral and listen. The transmission will be very loud in drive but very quiet when it’s in neutral.
  • Clutch: In both manual and automatic transmissions you’ll find the clutch inside your torque converter. When it’s jammed and unable to shift, you’ll feel it just like you would with low fluid and solenoid problems. Another warning sign is feeling less power in your engine or hearing shaking sounds like you would with the torque converter
  • Overheating: While slipping gears and shaking are alarming, perhaps the most concerning transmission problem is when it’s overheating. You’ll be able to smell something burning while you drive. This comes from your transmission fluid overheating. You should stop and get this serviced immediately because this can lead to other problems and could even end up with you having to replace your entire transmission.

Transmission Service

At Pat Peck Kia, we proudly provide service for transmission issues and routine maintenance for drivers in D’Ilberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg. To learn more about the most common transmission problems, contact our service center.