transmission problems

Six common transmission problems

Most people don’t give a second thought about their transmissions, even though it is what allows your vehicle to move. The transmission is a set of components that work together to transfer power from the engine to the tire. The thing about a set of components is that one malfunctioning part can put a wrench in the whole system.

The skilled technicians at Dot Transmissions have been providing transmission repair in Edmonton for over 40 years. We know that transmission repairs or replacements are inconvenient and expensive. So, we have compiled a list of problems to look out for.


This is probably the most recognizable symptom of a transmission problem. The telltale sign of this is bright red fluid under your vehicle. It usually requires replacing a leaking gasket or hose. If untreated, a full breakdown of the transmission can occur. Similarly, you can easily check for low levels of transmission fluid, another common cause of transmission problems.

Delayed Or Non-responsive Gear Change

If you experience a significant delay when attempting to switch gears, it suggests that there is no response from the transmission. There are a variety of causes of this, from transmission fluid that has gotten old and thick to a computer issue (of an automatic car), the incorrect thickness of fluid, or adjustment of clutch linkage or shift cables.

Planetary Gear System Issue

Gear shifts should be smooth and seamless. If you feel grinding or shaking when switching gears, it might mean you have a problem with the planetary gear system. You should get your vehicle checked as soon as you experience this, as the shaking will only increase as the problem worsens.

Slipping Gears

Gear slippage is a serious safety issue. If your transmission is slipping in and out of gear while driving, you should get your vehicle inspected immediately. The transmission should stay in the designated gear until a shift is performed. A malfunction in that system could prevent the signal from being sent properly, which can cause your vehicle to slip out of gear.

Overheated Fluid

To be clear, a burning smell from anywhere in your vehicle is a cause for concern. In the case of your transmission, that smell could be caused by overheated transmission fluid. Transmission fluid keeps the parts of the transmission lubricated, clean, and cool. Fluid breakdown causes the system to heat up, which will increase friction and corrosion between its various components.

Fluid Breakage

Whining, humming, or clunking noises can be signs of transmission trouble, especially if they are noises that you have not heard before. These noises could result from transmission fluid that is breaking down. When that happens, the parts of the transmission are no longer cooled or lubricated. They begin to grind against each other, causing noises to form.

How To Avoid Issues?

Regular transmission service checks are key to preventing severe damage to your vehicle. When did you last check your transmission? If you can’t recall, it might be time for you to schedule a transmission inspection at Dot Transmissions. Our skilled technicians have been providing certified transmission repair in Edmonton for years.

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