Your transmission can be very expensive to repair, and signs of transmission trouble can be subtle. Keep an eye out for the following signs, if you begin to notice any of these problems, schedule service with McElwain Cadillac to have your vehicle inspected.
Grinding or Shaking When Driving
Your vehicle's automatic transmission normally operates smoothly when shifting from gear to gear. You shouldn't feel any grinding, slipping or shaking sensations as it switches gears.
Your Vehicle Won't Respond When in Gear
When you put your car into drive or reverse, it should respond immediately without any kind of delay.
Burning Smells or Other Strange Smells
Like your car’s engine, the transmission operates at high temperatures, without transmission fluid to lubricate it, your transmission can overheat and cause problems.
Unusual Noises in Neutral
If you suddenly start to hear whining, humming or clunking noises when your vehicle is in neutral, you may have transmission trouble.
Fluid Leaks or Puddles Under Your Vehicle
The proper amount of transmission fluid is absolutely essential for normal transmission operation. If you notice brown, bright red or pink puddles or leaks under your vehicle, it could be a transmission leak from a faulty gasket or seal. Have it looked at immediately.
Gears Slipping While Driving
If your car’s automatic transmission is slipping in and out of gears, that's a serious safety hazard. Bring your vehicle to McElwain Cadillac as soon as possible. If you don't feel safe driving, call us and we can help arrange a tow.
Check Engine Light Is On
If your check engine light is on, have it checked immediately. It may be something small that your computer has sensed and could save you money by having it checked by McElwain Cadillac rather than waiting.