How to Know When Your Car Needs Transmission Repair

How to Know When Your Car Needs Transmission Repair

If you notice some problems when you need to shift gears, your car may be trying to tell you that it needs transmission repair. Whether your car has an automatic or manual transmission, there are warning signs that can alert you to take care of your vehicle’s transmission. Here are a few potential transmission issues where you may need to take your vehicle in for transmission repair.

1. Leaks – The transmission is a sealed system and should not have any leaks. If you do notice transmission fluid on your driveway, the transmission may have worn seals, gaskets or a loose pan.

2. Late Engagement or Slips – If your car has a long delay before engaging the next gear or slips into a different gear on its own, your transmission needs to get checked.

3. Strange Smells – The normal smell of transmission fluid is sweet or tart. If you begin to smell a burning odor, the transmission may be burning the fluid.

4. Odd Noises – Transmissions are designed to change gears smoothly. If you hear grinding, humming or whining noises while changing gears, take your car in for a transmission check.

How Much Will Transmission Repair Cost?

If you do notice any transmission warning signs, take your car to a reputable repair shop for transmission repair right away. Depending on what is wrong with your transmission, you may only need a small part like a transmission solenoid which can be quite inexpensive. On the other hand, your vehicle may need some major transmission repair or a complete replacement. In that case, you may end up paying a couple thousand dollars or more. Overall, be sure to get a detailed estimate on what is needed for your transmission repair and how much it will cost you to get it fixed up front.

If your car is in need of transmission repair, contact the experts in Montgomery at Performance Auto Repair. Call (334) 245-6600.


  1. I’ve noticed some liquid leaking from my car. On top of that, there was some strange smells in my car. I didn’t know that these could be signs that I need to have my transmission repair! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I liked that you mentioned having the transmission checked if you hear grinding noises. Lately, my car has been making a grinding noise when I switch gears. Now that I know this, I think I am going to schedule an appointment to see if it needs repairs. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for the helpful post on knowing when to get transmission repairs. I have felt like my transmission is starting to under perform. It seems like I have what you describe as “late engagements”. It seems like my car is struggling to shift into higher gears. I will have to take it in to see if I need to get my transmission fixed. Thanks for the help!

  4. I am glad that you pointed out that a strange smell in your car can be a sign that somethings are wrong with your transmission. It didn’t realize that the fluid can catch on fire. Do you know how long it takes to repair that particular damage?

  5. Thanks for pointing out that you should listen for strange noises coming from your car. You drive your car every day and should know what it is supposed to sound like. However, I think that this is one area where I tend to lag behind. Often the sounds start coming gradually and I start to think that is just what my car sounds like. So, I like having someone else listen to my car every now and then to make sure I haven’t missed something.

  6. Darn, I have noticed my car has been shifting really slow. I guess that means I need to have it checked out. It is an older car and has lasted a pretty long time. I will take it in this weekend. I am sure it will only get worse the longer I wait.

  7. My car jumps a little when I change gear and it has me concerned about the transmission. Thanks for the advice about how if your transmission has a strange smell you should get it repaired. Another thing to consider is to get a licensed mechanic to do the repairs.

  8. My little sister might need to take her car in for repair. She’s been telling me that her car has started making weird whining noises when the gears are changing. I’m sure she’ll be happy to learn what the problem is.

  9. My car is pretty old and I’ve noticed that I am having some kind of leak coming from underneath the car. How can I know if it is the transmission fluid leaking, or oil? I want to be sure before I take it in to get checked out.

  10. I have to admit, despite driving since I was a teenager, I had no idea that transmission fluid had a smell, let alone that it is usually a sweet and tart one. I’m glad that there are other warning signs of a bad transmission though, especially since a burning smell could be indicative of several car problems. I’ll definitely have to keep your suggestion to pay attention to gear slips though, I thought I felt my transmission slip the last time I was driving, but I’ll definitely have to double-check.

  11. Thanks for sharing some of the signs that might indicate your car’s transmission needs to be repaired. I like that you mention how important it is not to ignore anything like a strange smell or odd noises. My car has been making some strange noises recently, so I will have to make sure I contact a reputable auto service.

  12. I would have never thought that a strange smell would be an indicator of transmission issues. It makes sense that it would smell if the transmission is burning the fluid. I think it would be a good idea to make a schedule to check on the transmission regularly so you don’t miss any potential issues.

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  14. I want to make sure that my car is taken care of. It makes sense that I would want to have my transmission fixed! The leaks are definitely bad for it.

  15. Thanks for all the useful tips! Being aware of what is happening to your car, like listening while you change gears, sounds super important. As someone who has an older vehicle, knowing what problems can arise with my car seems like it will be very useful. Finding a mechanic who knows what they’re doing also seems like it would be important for your car maintenance.

  16. It is good to know that if you notice transmission fluid on your driveway, the transmission may have worn seals, gaskets, or a loose pan. I did not know that a transmission was a sealed system that should not have any leaks. Something to think about would be to get your car inspected regularly to catch small problems before they transform into bigger issues.

  17. It really is important to learn the warning signs that your transmission might be in need of repairs. After all, the transmission is essential for your car operating smoothly and safely. If you don’t learn when it needs to be repaired it could lead to the transmission failing when you most need it while driving.

  18. I like that you mention that odd noises could be a sign of a bad transmission. It can be hard to know what could be wrong with a car just based on sound alone, so it’s important to get it looked at if you notice something odd. Replacing a transmission can be expensive, so it’s good to have it looked at as soon as possible to hopefully avoid having to replace it.

  19. Thanks for some tips on how to know if there’s an issue within the car’s transmission. I’d be sure to have an eye out for these symptoms, especially on the leaks. Additionally, It’s nice to learn that the transmission may be burning the fluid if a pungent burning smell is present. I’ll try to find a reputable repair for this issue. I would hate to drive around knowing that there could be a potential safety hazard on my car.

  20. Thanks for any other informative web site. Where else may just I get that kind of information written in such an ideal way? I have a mission that I am just now operating on, and I have been on the look out for such information.

  21. Thank you for the information on how to know when your car needs transmission repair. I think one of the best ways signs to tell you the transmission needs repairs is when it slips changing gears. If you put it in drive but it doesn’t engage or randomly shifts into neutral, then something might be wrong with your transmission.

  22. My Audi’s hasn’t been shifting gears quite like it’s supposed to. I’m kind of worried about driving it now. Thanks for pointing out that you should get a detailed estimate to find out what sorts of repairs you’ll need. I’ll have to do that as I look for somewhere that can service my Audi’s transmission.

  23. It sure was nice when you said that normally, the smell of transmission fluid was sweet and so once we begin detecting a burning or weird smell, then that means something’s wrong, and we need to get it checked right away. I was wondering where that burning smell was coming from when I started the car a few days ago. It has been going on for a few days now. I asked my brother, but he does not seem to know either. It was really nice that I came across this article. Thank you for the info.

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