How can you tell if your transmission is slipping?

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A slipping transmission is never a good thing. What causes it, what forms does it take, and how do you know if yours is slipping? From R.C. Bratcher, Inc in Owensboro, KY, here’s what you need to know.

The Cause - Transmission slippage can be caused by many factors, some more common than others. Worn out or burnt clutch disks will cause a transmission to slip - this is especially prevalent on high mileage vehicles, transmissions that have been mistreated, or transmissions that have been used with low fluid. Slipping can also be caused by a failing pump, which won’t build enough pressure for the transmission to operate properly, or a clogged filter could be preventing fluid from circulating correctly. If the issue is mechanical, it’s either pressure or friction-related. On modern transmissions, electronic issues occur as well - faulty solenoids, control modules, or sensors will sometimes mimic the effect of a failing transmission.

The Effect - You’ll know if something doesn’t feel right - either the transmission is late to engage when you shift into gear, slips in and out of gear while driving, or slips when you accelerate hard. Worst case, the transmission won’t move altogether, in forward, reverse, or both. If the vehicle is in gear, and the engine revs without the car going anywhere or not accelerating correctly, something related to the transmission is likely at fault. If the fluid is burnt or excessively dirty, there’s definitely a problem. Remember, electronics can mimic these effects - just because the vehicle won’t move or shift right, doesn’t necessarily mean you need a new transmission.

How to Handle It - If you notice your transmission misbehaving, even slightly, have it inspected by professionals immediately. Transmissions are complicated and sensitive - if everything isn’t working the way it should, it usually doesn’t take long for the problem to get worse. Sometimes, a very simple fix turns into a transmission replacement that could’ve been avoided, and it doesn’t take long. Have one of our professional technicians take a look - a good transmission expert can diagnose the issue and will have your vehicle back on the road in no time.

No matter your maintenance or repair needs, we’ve got you covered. For the best transmission service shop in Owensboro, KY, call or stop by R.C. Bratcher, Inc today. 



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