If you are like most Sacramento drivers, the words “transmission repair” sounds expensive and stressful. While repairs may range in cost and timing, you can always help reduce the chance of an expensive transmission repair by catching the signs early and taking your vehicle to an auto technician as soon as possible. While it may be tempting to “ride it out” and ignore signs of trouble, this can result in further damage and possibly needing your entire transmission replaced. To help save you from the extra hassle, we have put together a short list of transmission trouble signs.
It’s a Struggle to Shift Gears
To stay safe on the road, you’ll need to be able to shift gears at a moment’s notice. If you find that there is a hesitation while changing gears or the gear falls out of place while you’re driving, it could be a major sign that your vehicle is in need of a transmission repair. Also be on the lookout for problems like your gear shifting on its own or feeling a slight jerking while attempting to shift.
Your Car Creates a Slight Squeal
Listening to your vehicle is the fastest way to notice any problems that may occur. While faulty brakes may also create a squealing sound, the sound for transmission problems resembles more of a whining sound. You may also notice noises like an unusual humming or in even worse cases, a clunking noise. If you are usually aware of the sounds your vehicle makes, it will be easier to notice when unusual noises are occurring. While noises could be a result of another problem, it’s worth having an auto technician check if your transmission is the problem.
You Notice a Burnt Smell
Remember, your senses are the best tool you have to detect auto trouble! In addition to the sounds you may hear, be aware of any unusual smells. If your transmission goes out, your gears will begin to overheat as a result of the friction, this will likely create a burning smell that’s hard to miss. Don’t just assume it’s burnt rubber, that burning smell may mean your transmission is in urgent need of a repair. In any case, unusual smells should always encourage you to bring your vehicle in for an inspection.
At Standard Auto Care we know needing any vehicle repair can be a stressful ordeal, which is why we pride ourselves on providing quality customer service to make the process a little easier. With Standard Auto Care, you can rest assured you will only receive honest service that you can rely on. We’ll never surprise you with extra costs, or leave you wondering what was actually done to your vehicle. Our highly-trained technicians will walk you through every step of the process. To schedule your appointment or transmission repair Sacramento, CA today give us a call at 916-924-8040 or visit us in person at 2240 Colfax St. Sacramento, CA 95815.