10 Signs You’ve Got a Transmission That’s Going Bad

A bad transmission can be an expensive transmission, so it’s best to have any problems fixed before they get worse. Thankfully, your transmission will give you warning signs that something is wrong. Bring your automobile into Trojan Auto Care if you notice any of the eight things below for both automatic and manual transmissions, or if you notice signs nine or 10 for manual transmissions.

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Low transmission fluid or a problem with the shifter cable or shifter itself can render your transmission useless. You will put it into gear but it won’t do anything.


Low fluid can also cause transmission delays. The transmission might not go into gear immediately when you put it into gear. It might also stall between gear shifts or miss a gear shift.


Low fluid or worn transmission parts will cause your transmission to slip. It will seem as if it went into gear, but your engine will rev, indicating the gear did not catch.


Transmission fluid leaks usually occur near the center of your vehicle. If you see red fluid spots on your garage floor underneath the center of your car, it’s the transmission.


Low or leaking transmission fluid can cause burning smells. The transmission parts are overheating due to the low fluid level or the fluid is leaking and burning away on other parts.


Buzzing, clunking, grinding, humming, and roaring are all bad noises. If they’re coming from your transmission, it could a bad bearing or a sign of gear damage.

Power Loss

Your engine is running just fine but you don’t have any power. This could signal a transmission problem. Usually, the issue is internal and can be identified through a diagnostic check.

Light Warning

Your transmission is connected to the dashboard’s check engine or overdrive light. If either of these turns on, something could be wrong with the transmission.


Once you’ve mastered driving a stick-shift, you shouldn’t grind the gears. If they start grinding suddenly, you could have a problem with the clutch.

Clutch Grab

Finally, the clutch grab or catch (as some people call it) should always be in about the same place. If it feels lower or higher, the clutch needs to be adjusted or replaced.

Located in Troy, OH, Trojan Auto Care is your one-stop-shop for transmission service and repair. Call us to schedule an appointment that is convenient for you. Our number is 937-410-3457.

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