Transmission Shifting Problems? Here’s What You Need to Know

By Mister Transmission

Ignoring transmission trouble warning signs will do more harm than good to your car and your finances

Has this happened to you? You hop into your vehicle, start the engine, attempt to shift to drive (or into first gear) and quickly realize your transmission refuses to go into gear. Or it gets stuck in first, and you’re left to wonder why won’t your transmission shift out of first gear? At times like these, you can be forgiven if one of Murphy’s Laws creeps into your mind, namely: “If anything can go wrong, it will.”

Whether your vehicle is having trouble changing gears, you notice there’s a delayed engagement, or you hear disconcerting noises when shifting gears, such woes can be the result of a myriad of factors. Determining what the root of your car’s uncooperative transmission is, requires the insight and expertise of an experienced, technology-savvy technician.

Common Causes of Transmission Problems

Whether mechanical, electrical, or technological, a malfunctioning transmission can often be attributed to one of these causes:

  • Leaking, low, or oxidizing transmission fluid. If your vehicle’s transmission fluid is low (or the fluid level is in excess), leaking, or hasn’t been changed in recent memory along with the filter, it could be oxidizing (burning).
  • Failing gear synchronizers. On manual transmissions, a failing or worn out gear synchronizer may be the culprit. If your gears aren’t synchronized properly, it won’t shift gears smoothly.
  • The engine control unit (ECU) needs to be updated. Modern vehicles are as much about technology as they are about mechanics. It could be your vehicle’s ECU software is outdated and needs an upgrade.
  • A worn out clutch. Mechanical parts on any vehicle are subject to wear and tear. If your engine is revving while gears change, it’s possible you need to get the clutch replaced.

Are you experiencing problems shifting gears when you drive? Visit the Mister Transmission service centre nearest you, let our expert technicians fix what ails, and get you back on the road quickly.

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Christy McMurray
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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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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
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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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