Transmission problems can be very dangerous, hampering your ability to control your vehicle while on the road, and can also be extremely expensive to fix, especially if the transmission has to be replaced. However, if a problem is identified early, it can sometimes be fixed before it develops into an even worse issue. Thankfully, there are a number of early warning signs for transmission trouble that you can look out for.
Delayed Acceleration and Shifting
A failing transmission can drastically alter the performance of a vehicle. If you notice that your transmission takes longer to get up to speed, or lacks responsiveness in shifting gears when suddenly accelerating, there may be something wrong with your transmission. While these things come with age with most vehicles, a sudden increase in the delay is usually a sure sign that something isn't working as it should under the hood.
While driving, if you notice that your engine is having to work harder and is hitting higher RPMs than it normally would, especially when driving at fairly low speeds, your transmission may not be working properly. This is a more serious problem, as increased engine strain can open the possibility of engine problems developing as well, not to mention reducing your fuel efficiency and driving up your gas bill.
A transmission that is lacking in fluids can have problems when coming to a stop. If your car suddenly stalls while at a red light or stop sign, your transmission may be leaking fluid. This could be because of faulty lines (which is relatively less expensive) or damage to the actual transmission (which is a much more serious repair). Whatever the reason, you should go to a mechanic immediately.
Fluids leaking under your vehicle are not normally indicative of a problem – usually, it is simple condensation from the exhaust system. However, if you notice any of the above problems with your vehicle while driving, you should inspect underneath your car to see if there is a transmission fluid leak. Transmission fluid ranges in color, depending on age, from a reddish brown color all the way to a black. A red color means that your transmission lines are leaking while a darker color means that your lines are leaking and that your transmission is overheating, which can have a number of other problems. If you notice transmission fluid leaks, you should head to a mechanic (such as one from Integrity Transmission & Auto Service Center) straight away.