There are many signs that can signal that it’s time for a new transmission. The transmission is one of the most important parts of your car. It also happens to be very expensive. If you have your car long enough, you will likely have to replace your transmission at some point. Transmission problems can be fixed if noticed early enough. Here are some of the telltale signs of transmission issues.
The easiest sign to notice is the leaking of transmission fluid. It will likely pool right under where you parked your car. It may be tough to figure out other liquid leaks from your car, but transmission fluid is red, so you should see this immediately. While you’re checking that fluid, you should try to see if there is metal in it. If this is the case, you really need a new transmission because it has already begun to wear down.
You should also check your transmission fluid levels. You may not have a leak yet, but if you are running with low fluid levels, that could be a sign that the transmission is burning too much fluid, or overheating. When your car switches gears, it should be a smooth, seamless change. However, when your transmission has problems, this gear change will not be so fluid. Your gears may slip and take longer to change, and you will see longer time needed to accelerate. These are just some of the most common causes of transmission problems.