Transmission Slipping

Vehicles and transmissions can be tricky and costly to figure out. Always remember to take the small steps to prevent parts from breaking, causing larger repairs necessary. One of the most costly parts to a car is the transmission and everything that goes into repairing it.

Different things can go wrong at different times leading to issues with your transmission. One of these things includes the transmission slipping. This can be difficult to identify and there are steps that can be done to help prevent this from happening.

When your transmission slips, it is important to figure out the problem right away and get it fixed immediately. If you let this go on too long, you will ultimately find yourself having to fix something much larger. This could even lead to having to get a brand new transmission, which can come at a high price tag.

Transmission and Your Engine

A good place to start and understand why your transmission can slip is to know how the transmission works. Overall, the purpose of the transmission is to transfer energy produced by the engine to the wheels so it can move. The engine in your car creates power so the transmission can convert it into rotational energy, which then creates the axles to rotate the wheels.

There are two types of transmission that you find in a vehicle, which are automatic and manual. The automatic transmission has a gear that transfers power from the engine to the driveshaft and then to the axle to turn the wheels. The vehicle automatically changes the gears so the driver does not have to do anything on their own for this particular purpose.

The other type of transmission is a manual, which the driver controls on their own through a clutch. There are multiple gears that you shift through manually while you are driving, so the car is not controlling it for you. The driver will also be pushing an additional pedal that is on the bottom of the car while shifting gears.  

How to Identify Your Transmission is Slipping

When your transmission starts to slip, there are ways you can identify this is what is actually going on. When anything feels off with your car you should bring it in to a mechanic, but there are ways to pick out yourself what the problem might be. The biggest, but probably hardest identifier of slipping, is when the car is slow to respond.

There are several things everyone should learn to recognize if they start to show in your car while driving. The easiest thing to see is the RPM’s exceeding 3,500. This is a big red flag that the transmission is starting to slip. Others can include your car having a delay when you try to accelerate or when your car delays while changing from park to drive.

Some more major issues can be your car losing engine power; that is definitely a sign that you need to bring it in to a professional right away. Vehicles can also experience a shift in gears at unexpected times. Keep in mind these can all change slightly depending on the type of transmission you are driving.

Causes of a Slipping Transmission

If your vehicle’s transmission is starting to slip, this can be a major problem. It can lead to several larger engine repairs and even having to get a brand new transmission. Make sure to take the steps to prevent this from starting or the steps needed to be done if it has already started to hopefully fix the problem immediately.

In most cases, the cause for slipping comes from your fluid levels being low. This can create a lot of problems such as your car overheating. Make sure to check the fluid level on a regular basis on your own or you can have a mechanic do it as well. When the transmission fluid starts to leak or has a burning smell, this can start your transmission slipping too for various reasons.

Some more serious issues causing gears slipping is the transmission bands being worn or broken. If this happens, there may be some engine problems in return such as the gears being worn out. For many manuals, you can see the clutch starting to have problems, which happens more than you might think. This is the most common problem for the transmission starting to slip. All of this can lead to major transmission repairs that can be avoided in many cases.

If you are having problems with your vehicle’s transmission slipping, bring your car in today to your trusted Minnesota Transmission Repair shop. Schedule an Appointment before it’s too late to fix any issues you have noticed that may lead to a more costly repair. Visit your local AAMCO Minnesota for a FREE diagnostic test now.


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