Top Warning Signs of a Failing Transmission

Your transmission has a big task to perform. It is a fundamental, critical component which converts the engine’s combustion into momentum. Consider this: if your car had a heart it would be the transmission. It is, without a doubt, the powerhouse of your vehicle. Since a majority of car owners will not experience any issues with a transmission, it can be difficult to identify the warning signs that something may not be working properly. Fortunately, there are some universally recognized problems that point to your transmission being the culprit.

Going The Extra Mile For You

You can safely trust our team to do our part. Not only are we servicing your vehicle, but we’re also making sure to sanitizing and protect your well-being. Drop off your vehicle with us!

Keep these signs in mind…

The good news is that transmission failure rarely happens without warning. There are quite a few ways to determine if something concerning is taking place under the hood.

Your check engine light is on.

Contrary to popular belief, the check engine light should not always be on. This light may be easily triggered but it is the most efficient way your car can communicate that something different is happening somewhere in your car. The point is not to annoy you, but to allow you ample time to address a potentially small problem before it becomes a fiasco.

image of a split transmission component

If you are seeing a check engine light that is flashing, it is important to get to your mechanic right away. This flashing or blinking indicates there is a significant issue occurring and your car needs immediate attention. We aren’t suggesting you panic, but you should CALL US now!

Abnormal or inconsistent shifting.

Have you ever found yourself cruising along at one speed, but when you go to accelerate it feels like your car hiccupped? Any change in the shifting performance, like a jerk or chug, is an indication that something is happening with the transmission. If your vehicle is jumping gears, slipping in or out of gear, or refusing to shift entirely, your transmission has likely already failed.

Unusual sounds, vibrations, and changes in performance.

Every driver should have a general “feel” for the way their car handles on city roads, highways, country roads, etc. When you drive a vehicle consistently, it becomes an extension of you – you will notice when something is different. This includes any new sounds, like grinding, whining, or humming, or significant, sudden changes in performance. Transmission repairs can seem intimidating, but if you suspect this is a problem, you don’t need to tackle it alone.

Check the transmission fluid and look for leaks.

Checking the transmission fluid is as easy as checking oil levels. Refer to your vehicle’s user manual for the exact location, but next to your engine you’ll find a transmission fluid reservoir. Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean, return the dipstick, and remove it again before assessing the fluid. Be sure to confirm:

  • The transmission fluid is at the proper level. Too much fluid can be as detrimental as having too little.
  • The fluid is a healthy color. New fluid is red, brown indicates it should be replaced, and black means it is burned and ineffective.
  • There is no fluid accumulation on the ground beneath your car. If you’re starting to see a spot on the ground where you park, you should schedule an appointment today.

Don’t wait! AAMCO Wichita can tackle your transmission troubles.

We understand that there are few experiences more upsetting than dealing with a damaged or broken transmission. You may be seeing dollar signs flashing in front of your eyes, your palms are sweating, and the room starts to spin… Before you panic, schedule an appointment with the experts at your locally owned AAMCO Wichita. If we find any problems, we will work with you to create a plan to get you back on track, with peace of mind. We can help so call us today!

Top 5 Routine Car Maintenance Items to Keep Up On

Anyone who wants to prolong the life of their car should keep up with regular car maintenance. Not only does it help with overall performance, but it also can help prevent major car repairs that can be costly and stressful. When it comes to keeping up with a regular...

read more

What’s That Noise?

Cars can make all kinds of noises. What’s normal and what can signal a serious car repair? What just means your engine is tired and what means you should rush to a mechanic? It can be tough to decipher the language of your car’s sounds. That’s why we’re going to...

read more

Request an Appointment

Loading...

Find Your Local AAMCO Wichita Service Center


      Call AAMCO West Wichita
      (316) 553-5251
      Call AAMCO West Wichita
      (316) 553-5249
      Call AAMCO Central Wichita
      (316) 751-5021
      Call AAMCO Central Wichita
      ​(316) 553-5293
      Call AAMCO South Wichita
      (316) 751-5029
      Call AAMCO South Wichita
      ​(316) 751-5028
      Call AAMCO East Wichita
      (316) 751-5026
      Call AAMCO East Wichita
      ​(316) 751-5034
      Call AAMCO Salina
      (785) 538-4742
      Call AAMCO Salina
      ​(785) 472-9411