If you’re wondering if your transmission is going out, it probably is. It’s a bit obvious, but I’m going to go over a few signs of the impending doom. Transmissions are tricky and expensive; transmission issues can be the difference between keeping and selling your car. When my transmission officially broke down, I couldn’t afford to fix it myself, so I sold it to the only place that would take it. I had some time before the problems began, but I ignored the signs. So, I’m going to do my best to make sure you don’t do the same.
The first sign is your car is beginning to leak. I’ll use my car as an example because my car was leaking anything from oil to the coolant. That might have been because my car was just in rough shape, but I also notice that it began to leak something I wasn’t familiar with. Turns out that it was indeed leaking transmission fluid and I should have taken it to the repair shop right then and there. The earlier you catch problems with your car, the better your chance is of salvaging it. If you wait until everything stops working, then it will be way more expensive. So, pay attention to the fluid coming out of your car. It can make a huge difference and help you avoid spending a bunch of money.
The second sign is the grinding and shaking you and your car will experience when it changes gears—or when you switch gears, for all you manual drivers out there. When I experienced my first shake, I was scared out of my mind. I immediately pulled over and just sat there. I wasn’t exactly sure what to do; so, after about 10 minutes, I just turned the car back on and drove. There was a loud clunking noise and an uncomfortable grind every time I sped up. It was particularly rough when switching from 1st to 2nd gear. So, if driving on the freeway feels more like being on a rollercoaster, it’s probably a sign to get your car checked out.
The last sign is the most obvious, the check engine light. Yeah, for newer cars, that thing turns on for just about anything, but that’s a good thing. It will let you know the second it feels like something is up, that way you can’t blame anyone but yourself for not taking it in and getting it checked out. Most of us see the check engine light and just let out a huge groan because it never seems to come on when I have a ton of money. It comes on when I just payed off all my bills or made a large purchase. Sometimes I think that light is out to get me, but it’s actually trying to keep you safe. So, listen to the light and get your car looked at. You don’t want to risk the light staying on when a really serious problem comes around. It will blindside you unless you have that light off as often as possible.
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