Transmission Problems: What Are The Signs?

17 December 2015
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As the owner of a vehicle, one of the biggest repairs you can face is repairing or replacing your transmission. You do not want to wait until it fails completely. If you notice some of the following signs, immediately have your transmission checked by a professional.

Slow Response

When you shift into gear, your car should respond immediately. If you notice a hesitation in your automatic transmission before the gears engage, you have a definite problem. In the case of a manual transmission, you may notice a hesitation and then hear your engine rev as if you are going much faster than you are. Your problem may be a faulty clutch, or you may have a more serious problem on your hands.

Leaking Fluids

Unlike your oil supply, transmission fluid is not "used up" by operating your car, so a low level indicates a leak. If you find a bright red fluid on your driveway or garage floor that is sweet or "tart" smelling, your vehicle is leaking transmission fluid. Reasons for the leaks can be worn seals, bad bell housings, worn axles, or drive shaft problems. Any fluid leakage is unacceptable.

Engine Light

The engine light does not always indicate a serious problem, but if you have had the above problems as well, you probably have transmission issues. You can take your car to the dealership or other automotive place and have them hook your vehicle up to a diagnostic computer to find out what triggered the light. Usually, the code 0700 indicates a transmission problem. 


Transmissions can either be replaced or rebuilt. Using a salvaged transmission usually costs you somewhere between $1000 to $1500. A brand new transmission will run between $1800 to $3500. Rebuilding your current transmission will cost in the neighborhood of $1500 to $2500. In some instances, your transmission can be repaired, but that usually costs somewhere between $1000 and $2000. Of course, if you own a higher-end vehicle, your repair/replacement cost will be on the higher end of the scale. 

Transmission problems are serious, and you cannot ignore them. Otherwise, your car can become completely disabled at the worst possible time. If you notice leaking red fluid, rough or hesitant gear shifts, or a check engine light, you need to promptly take your car to the mechanic. Transmission repairs are not cheap, although you may be able to save money with a salvage part or a rebuild. Bring your car in to the experts, like those at Integrity Transmission & Auto Service Center, at the first sign of trouble.