If you ignore transmission problems repairs can become expensive especially in 4wd and SUV’s.
If you drive a 4wd and have the luxury of an automatic transmission you may have thought about what would happen if the transmission started to fail. If you are off-road, up the beach or touring the desert a failure could be a big problem.
To give you the best chance of avoiding a bad situation or ruining your adventure here are five signs of automatic transmission problems you should not ignore:
1. Transmission slipping
Automatic transmission slipping feels like you’re driving in a certain gear and then it changes for no apparent reason.
Another symptom is the engine feels like it is revving in between changes, the noise from the engine may change in pitch or start to sound like whining.
Your car may also seem like it’s struggling, is suddenly underpowered, or isn’t accelerating like it should.
It may also appear when off-road at extreme angles.
2. Rough shifts
Your 4wd transmission may feel like it’s refusing to change gears as it normally does, or the gear shifts aren’t very smooth, sometimes there is a noticeable “clunk” or “thud” when the car shifts gears.
You may also notice the car has difficulty getting up to speed or laboured climbing uphill on an off-road track.
3. Delayed engagement
You may notice a delay before the car actually engages into drive and starts moving forward.
When you shift out of “P” and into “D,” there may be a long pause where the car revs the engine as you accelerate, but it’s not moving forward as it should.
If this is happening have someone has a close look at your transmission asap.
4. Fluid or oil leak
Modern 4wd transmissions are generally sealed units that should never leak fluid. If you’ve noticed leak spots on your driveway or garage floor, lay down cardboard under your car in the front and middle to determine if they’re active leaks.
If your transmission is leaking – fluid is bright red, but can also be a dark red or brown – visit the team at Sunstate Gearbox & Diff Service asap, our team will gladly give you a no obligation assessment of your 4wd transmission.
Before refilling any transmission fluid factory specifications should be followed because overfilling can create a bigger transmission issue.
5. Transmission warning light
A warning light alone, like the “check engine” light, typically doesn’t mean you have a transmission problem, but if any of the above symptoms are occurring in conjunction with an illuminated warning, have it diagnosed by a professional.
A warning light typically means the computer is generating an error code that can be checked with a shop’s diagnostic equipment. For transmissions specifically, “P0700” is a code that can indicate a general transmission problem.
You should definitely research which shops in your area specialise in transmission repairs. The team at Sunstate Gearbox and Diff Service has been servicing, repairing and upgrade automatic transmissions for generations.
Call or visit them to get a free estimate.
If you’re not comfortable driving your vehicle due to transmission issues, have it towed in.
You are welcome to ask any questions about the repair process before it takes place. Our team at the shop are keen to leave you with a good feeling about trusting them with your 4wd.
Any questions? Visit the team at Sunstate Auto & Diff Service.
5 Charles Ct, Kunda Park, Qld. 4555