If you’re worrying about your transmission, then you’re probably wondering how long you can get away with not fixing it, because you’re aware of how expensive it can be to fix a transmission. So, there is no right time to go to the mechanic, but there is definitely a wrong time. If you’ve broken down on the side of the road, then it’s pretty much the worse time to go. The problem persisted until your car just couldn’t take it anymore, so the process of fixing it may be more expensive. Let’s go over some more issues that a car might experience when the transmission is on the fritz. If you’re experiencing any of these problems, then now would be the best time to take your car in.
If you are constantly sensing the smell of something burning, there is no need to go to the doctor. However, you might want to head to the mechanic. That smell you smell is that of transmission fluid burning. That fluid is needed for the basics of functionality inside your transmission. If you didn’t know, there are a few parts inside your transmission that are moving independently from the entire transmission. The fluid makes moving these parts possible and it also stops the entire thing from burning down. You may be whiffing burnt transmission fluid because of your transmission failing, but if you’re lucky it might just be because the fluid is low.
Now, what if your gears are “slipping” and you’re not quite sure why? Well, it might be because transmission is experiencing some issues. You may be asking what a gear slip is; well, I’ll answer that for you. What it means when your gears are slipping is that your gears are shifting without you making them do so. If you drive an automatic car, the gears may slip without you speeding up or slowing down. This can be pretty alarming and worrying, because you don’t want to be put in a situation when you need to react quickly, only to shift into a higher or lower gear without you being a part of the decision.
The next issue is something that all those with transmission issues might be experiencing, the rough shift of gears. Your car grinding or shaking while shifting is the last thing you want to experience in the middle of the freeway. The first time experiencing this issue can be absolutely terrifying. I was dropping my friend off at work when my first rough shift occurred. We both just looked at each other and wondered what just happened. I pulled over and looked for whatever I just ran over, because I was sure I it was something pretty big. I was shocked that I didn’t find anything and it wasn’t until a few weeks down the road that I found out it was my transmission. So, if any of you are experiencing any of these issues, you should try to get to a mechanic soon.