Slipping gears, burning smell could indicate transmission problems

Leaking fluid can be an indicator of transmission issues.
Leaking fluid can be an indicator of transmission issues. | File photo

When there’s something wrong with your vehicle, it is normal to have it checked by a mechanic so that any problem will be addressed and avoid worsening any issues on your car. If you have a vehicle with an automatic transmission, here are some tips to determine if there are indeed some issues on your car. 

Slipping gears occur when your RPMs go up but not your speed. In this case, have your car checked immediately. The same should apply if you experience any violent and/or slow gear shifts. Instances include your head slamming into the headrest or loud clunking noises during gear changes. 

If you notice a smell of burning in your car, have your car checked immediately. According to, “The ideal temperature for your transmission is 200 degrees. For every 20 degrees past 200, the lifespan of your transmission is reduced by a factor of 2. In other words, if you hit 220 degrees, you can expect to get about half the normal life out of your transmission.”

Leaking fluid can also be an indicator of transmission issues, but it may be quite hard to determine. Thus, you can try the cardboard test. Simply place a piece of cardboard underneath your vehicle overnight, then check whether there are any fluid leaks visible on the cardboard. 

If your transmission warning light or check engine light comes one, your transmission will most likely not shift gears. That will reduce any potential damages to the engine or transmission. Call your mechanic if this happens. 

Lastly, extreme weather conditions can cause early fatigue and breakdown of components. This is why transmission servicing should be done as well. 

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