High Engine Revs and Transmission Slipping

By Mister Transmission

Transmission slipping, or gears slipping, is a common transmission problem and a real cause for concern. Here’s what you need to know.

If your engine revs up as you press down on the accelerator but your vehicle doesn’t accelerate as per usual or as you would expect, it’s a troublesome sign that can lead to a full-blown transmission failure.

Transmission slipping, or gears slipping, is one of the most common transmission problems on both manual and automatic transmissions. If you’re experiencing this when you or your vehicle changes gears, not only is it an indication transmission failure is on the horizon, it’s also a real safety risk to you when you’re on the road.

There are a number of reasons as to why your manual or automatic transmission is slipping:

  • The clutch may be wearing out or is worn out
  • Other components in the transmission may be failing
  • The transmission fluid level is low
  • The transmission fluid pressure is low
  • The transmission filter may be clogged

Of Continuously Variable Transmissions

The primary function of your vehicle’s transmission and related systems, also known as the driveline or drivetrain, is to couple the engine which produces power to the wheels.

In modern vehicles with automatic transmissions, diagnosing the problem can be a complex affair. The latest systems containing continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) are controlled by a vehicle’s internal computer in order to achieve the most efficient engine operation. CVTs deliver power from the engine to the driveline in a completely different way from manual or traditional automatic transmissions. However, even if there is nothing mechanically wrong with your automatic transmission, there is the possibility the electronic signals the CVT is sending is either malfunctioning or it is not in synch with your vehicle’s computer.

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Albert Wilton
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Christy McMurray
Thank you, Mister Transmission! After taking my vehicle to the dealership where I bought it, and paying $150 for them to tell me what I already told them was wrong, the Dealer gave me a quote of $6,500 to replace my 9 year old transmission with a factory rebuilt one, because it couldn't be fixed or rebuilt by them. Thankfully I called Mister Transmission and Chris knew exactly what the issue was, how to fix it, and it only cost me $385 for everything and it was fixed in a day. I am so grateful that Chris and Dawn run an honest operation and provide genuinely great service. Thanks again!
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Sarah MacArthur
Cambridge Mister Transmission was awesome. We ended up having a small issue but they still took the time to show me where on my vehicle the problems were and fully explain the possible issues. They were prompt in getting back to me the following day and I had my vehicle back in no time. Chris and Nick were amazing and the office is so clean and pleasant. Great customer service!
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Chris Elmquist
Mazda 3 AT light came on one with some bad noises and clunking. Dealer said need a new transmission for only $4400. Took it to this and a quick check they determined it needed new TCM which is very common on the mazdas. They took care of it and even did a bunch of extra work fixing a wiring harness all for the cost of the TCM . cannot say enough about how we were treated by Chris and Dawn. Would recommend them. FIRST CLASS!!!!!
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Date: July 22, 2021
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Colleen H
They assessed the problem quickly, quoted a good price, provided fast service, in a no-pressure, friendly manner. I've been telling everybodyService: Transmission
Date: July 20, 2021
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Kieran Massicotte
I took my differentials down to get rebuilt and Steve was very professional and the total was 200 bucks cheaper than the quoted price and there was a few things during the whole process that didn’t go as planned as I had brought all the bearings parts and some bearings were the wrong ones and I had brought 4.88s to put in end they would not work and before continuing with anything Steve would call and double check to let you know what needs to be done and get the ok from me first before they would continue overall amazing place Steve and the guys were awesome and the work was done perfect and the diffs have never been more smooth highly recommend.
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