5 Signs of Transmission Trouble

There are many signs that your car may be having problems. One day it seems to be working just
fine, and the next, it starts showing signs of distress. Several symptoms could mean problems
other than the transmission, but we’ll show you five definite signs of transmission problems.

When it comes to your transmission, make sure that you are paying attention to the warning
signs it’s telling you. If you ignore the signs that are telling you your transmission needs help, it
could mean thousands of dollars in repairs. If your dashboard “check engine light” turns on, that
could mean a lot of different things, but a call your mechanic to have them check it out is in
order. Other than your dashboard telling you there’s a problem, there are five distinct signs that
your transmission needs someone to take a look at it.


Weird Whining and Clunking Noises

If your vehicle starts to make strange clunky noises, it’s time for a check-up. If you hear a buzz
or hum coming from the transmission, take it to your Cottman Transmission immediately. If you
let the problem continue, you’ll likely need to tow your car to the Cottman Transmission instead
of limping into the service queue.

If your car is in neutral, and you hear noises coming from the transmission, there may be a
problem. Your mechanic can likely fix the problem by replacing the transmission fluid, but make
sure you get an appointment to have it looked at as soon as possible.

Your Car Stops Responding to Acceleration of the Gas Pedal

Your transmission is what allows you to change gears, so if you are having any issues doing so,
that is one of the signs of transmission trouble. There will also be situations where the car will go
in one direction, but not another. If you can go forward, but you can’t switch to reverse, it is
likely the transmission.


Leaking Fluid

If you notice your car is leaking fluid, you’ll need to try to pinpoint where the leak is coming
from. This will help you determine what part of your vehicle needs help. Place large pieces of
cardboard under your car when it’s parked. Check each piece to pinpoint where the leak is
coming from.



Burning Smell

A burning smell coming from your car is never a good thing. Just make sure you make an
appointment at Cottman Transmission to have it checked out.


Grinding Gears

Grinding gears can feel and sound different depending on whether you have a manual or an
automatic transmission. For a manual transmission, you’ll hear or feel the gears grinding. This
may mean that you only need to replace the clutch, or it could be that your synchronizers are


For an automatic transmission, a difficult shift could mean more than just transmission trouble.
It’s always best to call Cottman Transmission and set up an appointment.


There’s Something Wrong with My Transmission, Now What?

Transmission Problems, in Durham, Can Be Fixed at Cottman Transmission
Transmission problems occur with every car or truck eventually, especially with the wear and
tear experienced in Durham traffic.  If you experience any one of these problems, bring your
vehicle to Cottman Transmission so one of our professionals can look it over.  We would rather
catch a problem early before it becomes a severe issue.
Cottman Transmission is the transmission repair provider Durham Residents, and Business
Owners have come to trust! Call us today!  (919) 471-2506