Some Indicators That Your Transmission May Need Repairs

February 9, 2023 | By Mister Transmission

Having a reliable car is essential for most people’s daily lives. As cars get older, it’s important to pay attention to the warning signs that something may be wrong. One such warning sign is that your transmission may need repairs. 

If you are unsure of what to look out for, we have listed a couple of indicators below that may help you along the way.

  1. You Are Experiencing Problems When Switching Gears

When a car or truck refuses or struggles to shift gears, it’s probably because of an issue with the transmission. If your car refuses to shift gears, it could be due to a lack of transmission fluid or the wrong type of transmission fluid.

  1. You Are Noticing a Slight Burning Smell

It’s important to get your car checked out as soon as you detect any sort of burning odour emanating from it. If your gearbox has this smell, it may be overheating, or the fluid may be old and burned.

  1. You Are Hearing Noises When in Neutral

When your car starts making strange noises while in neutral, it could be an indication that your transmission needs to be checked. If you’re lucky, those noises may only mean it’s time to get your transmission flushed and filled with fresh fluid.

A professional auto technician may need to replace a part or perform further maintenance on your vehicle.

  1. Your Gears Are Slipping

It’s never a good idea to get behind the wheel with a sliding transmission, but it’s terrifying if the gears start jumping around in your car while driving. When you notice your engine revving when shifting gears, it’s a sure sign that your transmission is slipping. They say it’s like trying to drive on ice since there’s no way to tell if your tires are actually making contact with the pavement.

A delay in acceleration, unusual noises, and a generally harsh response when attempting to shift gears are also indicators of slipping gears.

  1. Your Clutch Drags

When you press the clutch pedal, and nothing happens, you have a dragging clutch. The clutch disc is still attached to the flywheel. Because of this problem, shifting gears causes the gears to clash and the automobile to move. Mechanical breakdowns or misplacement of the clutch are major causes of a dragging clutch.

  1. You See Signs of a Leaking Fluid

Transmission problems are quite simple to diagnose, and fluid leaks are one of the most prevalent ones. Red, sweet-smelling fluid under your car in a parking garage or lot is a sign that your transmission needs to be checked and maybe repaired.

  1. Your Check Engine Lights Are Going Off

The meaning of a dashboard’s illuminated “check engine” light might vary depending on the severity of the problem. Nonetheless, it’s a good idea to have a local specialist look just in case tracing the problem down to its roots is necessary.

  1. You Notice a Shake or Grind When Driving

Automobiles with automated transmissions are more likely to experience grinding or shaking during gear changes. The failure to do so is usually indicative of a problem with the transmission. It’s crucial to get a competent mechanic to look at your car as soon as possible when this happens.

  1. You Are Hearing Unusual Sounds

There are few things more annoying than hearing humming, whining, or clunking sounds while driving. There could be a number of things wrong with your car that are causing the noises you’re hearing, but you really should take it in to have it checked out by a mechanic.


Overall, it can be frustrating when your car starts having problems. Transmission concerns are especially challenging because they can be difficult to diagnose. The good news is that there are a few key indicators that your transmission may need repairs. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to have your car checked out by a certified mechanic as soon as possible.

If you are looking for a company that handles transmission problems, look no further than our services here at Mister Transmission. We are Canada’s most trusted and most recognized brand for transmission service and transmission repairs, and we constantly keep up with the latest technology in order to offer our customers the best service. Visit our nearest branch today and let us look into your transmission concerns in no time!

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