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Moving To A City? 2 Signs Of Transmission Problems You May Have

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If you have always lived in the country and are now moving to the city, the process can be hard on the vehicle that you drive. This is because there are a lot of red lights in a city, as well as a lot of traffic. This means you will constantly start and stop on a regular basis. This puts a lot of extra work on your transmission. Because of this, you need to know the signs that something is going wrong with the transmission. This way you will be able to get it repaired sooner to prevent further damage.

Gears Slip

If your car has an automatic transmission, this means the gears switch on their own as you drive. It should switch gears seamlessly and you should not even notice when it happens. A problem can occur with your gears slipping when you notice your RPMs going up much higher than they normally do while you are driving.

If you do notice that your vehicle is switching gears when it should not be, then this is due to a problem with your transmission. In most cases, the band is either worn-out or broken. Fortunately, this is an easy fix and a mechanic can replace the band quickly.

Gears slipping can also be due to more serious transmission problems. Your mechanic can check this when you take your car to them.

Gears Shift Roughly

If your vehicle does not have an automatic transmission, you have to switch gears on your own. If you start to notice that it is much more difficult to change gears, then your transmission is likely the culprit. For example, when changing from one gear to the next, your vehicle may make a grinding sound and the gearshift may feel stuck.

In many cases, this problem is due not having enough transmission fluid. This could be due to a fluid leak. If so, you will notice the fluid under your vehicle after it has been parked. Transmission fluid is a reddish color. Over time, fluid levels can become low for no apparent reason. This is why you should check these levels periodically. If low, you can simply add more fluid to take care of this problem. If you do have a leak, then you need to take care of this problem quickly. If the fluid is not low, then the synchronizers on the transmission may be damaged or worn-out.

Talk to a mechanic at a transmission shop about this information and they can go into much more detail. The mechanic can also tell you about other signs you will see if your transmission is going bad.