• George M. Etheridge


6. Fluid Leak There are 6 main fluids in your vehicle. They lubricate, cool, and help you steer, brake, and clear your windshield. If your fluids leak or break down and you don't replace them fast enough, your engine can't work properly. An automatic transmission fuel leak is easy to spot by its red color and sweet smell. It can also take on a darker color and toasty smell if it's past its prime. You can check for a leak yourself if you notice suspicious fluids on your driveway. Warm up the engine with a short drive, then check the transmission dipstick. The stick is indented to mark the proper fluid level. If your transmission fluid is low, there's a leak. It doesn't burn off like engine oil. You can top it off to tide you over, but then you'll probably need a transmission re-seal. 7. Clutch Drag Though it's not a problem for automatic transmissions, a dragging clutch is a sign of trouble for manual vehicles. Extra slack in the clutch pedal makes it hard for the clutch disc to disengage and leaves the clutch spinning. Because the clutch can't transfer the engine power to the drivetrain, it's impossible to change gears. You'll also notice a grinding sound along with the clutch drag. 8. Shaking If your car gets the shakes during gear shifts, something isn't right. Normal transmissions shift smoothly, often without notice. You shouldn't be bouncing down the highway. While it's easy to downplay the problem at first, it gets worse with wear. The gradual increase in jerkiness might make you complacent until your gears are shot. In a manual, your clutch might need replaced or adjusted. 9. Won't Go Into Gear Maybe your car flat out refuses to go into gear. We all need a break every now and then. It's often a fluids issue. If your fluids are clean and filled, it might be a problem with shift cables or the clutch linkage. Your car's computer system could also be the culprit. At least that one's an easy fix. Disconnect your battery for half an hour, and the computer will reboot when you reconnect it. Standard IT stuff. 10. Slipping Gears Typically, a vehicle relies on external input to inform gear changes. With a manual transmission, the driver decides every gear shift. In the case of automatic transmission, the driver chooses reverse, neutral, or drive. If your car is slipping between gears without any input, it's dangerous for you and damaging for your engine. Low fluids and worn transmission bands can cause gear slipping. Don't Miss These Transmission Symptoms

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