• George M. Etheridge


If you own a car, you need to be aware of any potential transmission problems. Here are some common transmission symptoms you should fix before it's too late.

1. Weird Smells Road trips are full of weird smells, but if any of them seem to be coming from your engine, pay attention. If you notice a burning smell, it's a sure sign something's not working right.

As transmission fluid runs low or degrades, it overheats and starts to burn. This makes your engine run hot, which contributes to early wear, excess debris, and corrosion. Other causes of burning smells include trapped plastic, dripping antifreeze, or a melting heater core. You should always get a burning smell checked out, no matter the cause.

2. Strange Sounds Car breakdowns in the movies are always accompanied by clunking sounds, whether it's a flat tire or a faulty starter. In this case, the movies didn't lie. Strange sounds can mean transmission trouble.

Don't pass off abrupt changes in your driving soundtrack with a cursory, "well, that's new."

Clunking, humming or whining sounds are signs of automatic transmission problems. Faulty manual transmissions will also give off loud machine like sounds that seem to come out of nowhere.

A clunking noise when you shift gears is a telltale transmission situation. Have a mechanic look it over.

More to follow, tomorrow.......

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