Transmission issues in cars can quickly snowball, leading to more severe (and expensive to repair) issues, as well as posing a major danger to drivers and passengers alike. Here’s a guide from the towing experts here at Tow Cars on how to recognize transmission issues in your vehicle.


Fluid Leaking

If you see transmission fluid stains on the ground beneath your car, you likely have a gpa in your transmission system. This leak likely stems from your pan gasket, torque converter seal, or fluid lines – and these stains are usually red or green.

Clunking Sounds

If you are hearing weird clunking sounds when you change gears, your transmission likely has issues. If you hear this, drive to a mechanic for assistance.

Burning Smell

This is a sign of major danger, which could be due to overheating transmission oil inside the transmission box. If you notice this, make sure to get help ASAP.

Gear Grinding

Signs of transmission problems vary between automatic and manual transmission vehicles. Automatic transmission problems can be noticed in an RMP change and a feeling of pulling during gear changes, as well as whining and grinding sounds in gears. Manual transmission issues can usually be heard in grinding gear sounds, which is an indication usually that the transmission’s synchronizers are broken, or the clutch is degraded.

Car Noise in Neutral Position

You may hear bumping sound when your car is in neutral – but this can simply be due to a lack of transmission fluid. In this case, check if your transmission fluid is empty – and if it’s not empty, bring your car to a mechanic.


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Signs of Transmission Issues