3 Common Causes Of Transmission Slipping

Automotive Blog

Transmission slipping can make your vehicle difficult to operate safely. If you notice that you commonly have a very high RPM, that it's becoming much more difficult for you to change gears, or if changing gears results in horrible clanking noises, then you vehicle is likely experiencing transmission slipping. Here are three main reasons why your transmission might be slipping and how you can resolve the issue. 

1. You Don't Have Enough Fluid in Your Transmission

One very common cause of transmission slipping is that your transmission is not properly lubricated, meaning that you don't have enough transmission fluid in your vehicle. To check to make sure that this is the source of the problem, insert your dipstick and make sure that it is marked up to the appropriate line after your car hasn't been driven in several hours. If the fluid mark is below the appropriate line, then you need to add more transmission fluid to your vehicle. If your fluid levels are fine, then you will need to check for other causes of your transmission slipping.

2. Burnt Fluid

Another cause of transmission slipping is burnt fluid. Burnt fluid can be identified when you check your fluid levels because it will be a black color on the dipstick. You will also be able to smell burnt fluid because it will be reminiscent of burnt toast. If your fluid has been burned, you will need to change the fluid and then take your vehicle to an auto repair company in order to diagnose what is causing your fluid to be burnt.

3. Worn Out Transmission Bands

The next thing to check are your transmission bands. These bands are what hold your transmission in place and make sure that it goes where it's needed. If these bands are worn out, you will be able to tell by simply pulling on them. If they can easily be pulled away from the transmission, then they are too loose and are allowing the transmission to flop around. Sometimes, these bands will even have broken. Regardless of whether they are worn out or broken, you will need to replace them as soon as possible in order to make sure that your vehicle is safe to operate.

If your fluid levels are fine, your fluid is fine, and your transmission bands are brand new, then you will need to take your vehicle to an auto repair facility to get your transmission checked out.


25 June 2015