Has this been happening to you? You’re driving along as normal and suddenly your car pops into neutral. Or it slips in and out of gear. Maybe you’re in the midst of passing someone, but while your engine revs you don’t speed up. This is a pretty clear sign that your transmission is slipping. A slipping transmission is when power from your vehicle’s engine is not being relayed to your wheels.
Some other signs of a transmission slipping problem:
High RPM, over 3500
It won’t go into reverse gear
Burnt or unusual smells
Check engine light comes on
Difficulty shifting gears
How bad of a problem is a slipping transmission?
A slipping transmission should not be ignored. Not having complete and consistent control over the power and speed of your vehicle is a danger. You could be at risk of having a vehicle accident if you can’t be complete control over what your vehicle does.
It also is a sign that there is something wrong that, if left ignored, will become a bigger and most expensive problem to fix. A transmission that doesn’t work sometimes can quickly become a transmission that doesn’t work at all. Putting your transmission to work despite it showing problems like slipping means you are taxing the components of your transmission, stress and pressure that could cause those parts or your entire transmission to fail.
What can cause a transmission to slip?
Low Fluid Levels / Transmission Fluid Leak
Once you notice you have a slipping problem, check your fluid levels and replace if it’s low. Allowing the fluid to get too low could cause serious and expensive problems like your transmission completely locking up.
Problems with your Clutch
If you drive a manual transmission vehicle, the issue might be with your clutch, and getting it repaired is what will fix it from slipping.
Burnt Fluid You may find that your transmission fluid is black when you go to check your levels, or perhaps you smell something like burnt toast. An overheating transmission may be causing your fluids to burn and can also be causing other problems. You’ll need to get a transmission diagnostic test done to determine what’s causing the transmission to overheat.
Worn-out Gears Do you have an older transmission? Does your vehicle have high mileage?It could just be getting old and its parts are getting worn out. The normal wear-and-tear your vehicle experiences over time could be the reason why your transmission is slipping.
Solenoid Problems Your solenoid controls the fluid flow throughout your transmission. If it is broken or damaged, it can cause your transmission to slip.
Torque Converter Problems The torque helps to ensure the power from your engine is getting transferred to the transmission so if there is any problem with it, you may notice your transmission slipping. If your engine is stalling often, that is a sign that you might have torque converter issues.
Bottom line: you need to get your transmission tested. To really know what the problem is, you need to have your vehicle undergo diagnostic testing. Here at Mastertech Transmissions Inc. in Wichita, we provide free diagnostic testing to make sure we accurately diagnose exactly what sort of transmission problem you are having.
How to Fix a Slipping Problem
You might be wondering if you can fix the problem yourself. There are times when drivers are able to deal with a slipping transmission on their own. If the problem is something as simple as being low on transmission fluid, then you may be able to fill that yourself.
But if the problem is worse, or the reason why you are low on fluid is because of some other major problem, you will need to have that looked at by professionals. Mastertech Transmission Inc. are specialists in transmission repair. In fact, that’s all we do. Not only that, we can provide you with answers to your transmission problem at no cost to you with our free diagnostic check. You can also count on us to handle whatever transmission service you need.
How to Prevent your Transmission from Slipping
It all comes down to proper vehicle maintenance. Performing regular checks on your vehicle, including checking the transmission fluid often, can help you avoid issues before they become problems.
We do one thing, and we do it well - transmissions. Since 2000, Mastertech Transmission Inc has been Wichita’s premiere transmission shop with specially trained transmission technicians certified to handle your vehicle’s transmission needs. With more than 80 years of combined experience and being one of the area’s only auto shop with ATRA’s Golden Rule Warranty, it’s no wonder why Wichita auto shops send their customers to us to handle their specialized transmission work.
Not sure what problem your car has? Stop by for a FREE diagnostic test at our Wichita shop! We are conveniently located at 4500 W. Central Ave. right across from Autotech Collision. From West St., head west and we’re just 3 blocks on your right. From HWY 235, take the Central Ave. exit and head east. We’re a mile down the road on your left.