Four Symptoms of a Failing Transmission

A failing transmission can get costly, especially if you have no idea there’s a problem under the hood. Transmission service is crucial to prevent transmission failure. How often you should have your vehicle’s transmission serviced depends on the manufacturer’s recommendations. Some recommend a service every 15,000 miles, while others say you can wait as long as 60,000 miles. United Auto Care services and repairs manual and automatic transmissions. Here are four signs your car has transmission problems.


Transmission fluid is red and it leaks from underneath the center of your car, truck, or SUV. Transmission leaks are often caused by a worn pan gasket or broken seal. Getting the leak fixed is a priority, as it helps prevent further damage to the vehicle’s transmission. This fluid is your transmission’s motor oil, if you will. It lubricates parts and draws heat away from them to prevent friction and damage.

Shift Delays

Picture this: You start up your car in the morning with your coffee in hand and shift it from Park to Drive. It hesitates before it goes into gear. Your automatic transmission is failing if the gears don’t engage when they should. Delayed shifting indicates a problem that could range from low transmission fluid (caused by a leak or otherwise) to worn or damaged transmission parts.

Rough Shifts

Low transmission fluid, worn or damaged parts, or other problems with your car, truck, or SUV’s automatic transmission or manual clutch or gears Whether you drive an automatic or stick, you will feel the gears shift and might even hear clunking or grinding noises. There is definitely something wrong if your vehicle shifts gears roughly and loudly, so bring it in for a checkup right away.

Slipping Shifts

Again, whether you drive a vehicle with an automatic or manual transmission, your gears should stay in place until the automatic transmission shifts them or you do with the clutch and gear shift. If you feel your vehicle shifting gears unexpectedly, the gears are slipping and you need to have your transmission inspected. The gears should go through the rotation without unusual shifting.

We are United Auto Care and we are located in Flowery Branch, GA. Bring your car, truck, or SUV – foreign or domestic – in for transmission maintenance when it’s due. If you have noticed any of the four signs listed above, bring your vehicle in as soon as you can. We are here to help with your automotive service needs.

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