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Transmission Slipping Inspection
How Do I Know When The Transmission Is Slipping?
If you're noticing your vehicle isn’t moving properly when you try and accelerate, there’s a good chance that your transmission is slipping.
Increasing the revs just makes more noise and no propulsion, and it can be a sign that things aren’t well inside the transmission - more so on an automatic vehicle than a manual, as most slipping issues are associated with a clutch problem.
Either way, if your transmission feels like it’s slipping, it’s time to book an inspection with your friends here at AutoGuru!
How Does A Transmission Work?
In the case of an automatic transmission, a (very) basic explanation of how they work begins with the flex plate and torque converter, which transfer power from the engine through a set of planetary gears or bands that rely on transmission fluid to select the correct gear for the conditions.
With a manual transmission, a flywheel and clutch transmit the engine power through a set of gears that are selected manually by the driver.
Common Causes Of Transmission Slipping:
- Low or burnt transmission fluid: the automatic transmission relies on the transmission fluid to engage gears properly, and if the fluid level is low or burnt there may not be enough hydraulic pressure for it to operate correctly.
- Transmission fluid leak: If the fluid level is low in your transmission, the most likely cause is a fluid leak. The low fluid level will cause drivability problems as mentioned above.
Failed Transmission bands: Common on older styles of automatic transmissions, transmission bands are designed to link the gears in the transmission together. If one fails or breaks, it can cause the transmission to ‘slip’ as it tries to engage the broken band.
- Worn out clutch: On a manual transmission-equipped vehicle, the clutch allows the drive from the engine to engage with the transmission. Over time, these can wear out, and will wear out quicker from poor driving habits.
How Is A Transmission Slipping Inspection Carried Out?
Our mechanics will inspect the basics first, checking the fluid level of the transmission or clutch, depending on the vehicle.
They will then inspect the vehicle for any fluid leaks, carry out a diagnostic scan and provide a quote for any repairs required.
How Important Is Having A Slipping Transmission Inspected?
Having your transmission inspected as soon as you notice a problem is extremely important - not just for peace of mind, but also your safety.
A slipping transmission could leave you stranded with no drive, and if that happens on the highway or main road it can leave you in all sorts of trouble.
It’s also more cost effective to have an inspection carried out as soon as possible, to catch a small problem before it becomes more problematic and expensive.