This is one of the most common signs of transmission trouble. Shifting problems can take many forms, and will usually be noticeable whether you are driving with an automatic transmission or manual transmission. Here are a few examples of what you might experience when driving:

  • Trouble Shifting into Certain Gears
  • Slipping Between Gears
  • Grinding Noises
  • Sluggish Acceleration in Certain Gears
  • High Engine RPMs in Certain Gears

Identifying Transmission Problems

If you experience any of these shifting issues, you may have a transmission problem. You may only need a standard transmission service to replace the transmission fluid, transmission filter and pan gasket. Or, it could be the sign of something much more serious. There might be a transmission fluid leak or damaged gear assembly. Perhaps the torque converter in your automatic transmission system is failing (or the clutch system in an a manual-drive vehicle).

Don’t Wait for it to Get Worse

The important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t ignore any of these potential transmission issues. Like with any automotive issue, it’s best to catch problems early on. The longer you wait, the more damage is likely to occur. What may be solved with a simple transmission service now could develop into major internal damage if left ignored. Eventually, components will start to fail and you may not be able to drive your vehicle at all. Then, you could be facing expensive transmission repairs—perhaps even a full transmission rebuild or replacement will be necessary.

Talk to a Transmission Specialist

At the first sign of any shifting concerns or other transmission-related issues, you should take your vehicle to a transmission specialist like Ralph’s Transmission. They will be able to run diagnostic tests and perform a proper inspection to determine the source of the problem(s). This is the best way to catch any potential damage, fluid leaks or failing components as early as possible.

For all your Central Valley transmission inspection, maintenance and repair needs, call Ralph’s Transmission today at 209.526.1909 or schedule your service appointment online.

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