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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