How to Know If Your Manual Transmission Is Going Out?

Signs of a Bad Transmission That You Will Want to Watch Out For

How to Know If Your Manual Transmission Is Going Out?

All vehicles are susceptible to wear and tear over time, so vehicle repairs are going to be a guaranteed part of ownership. That said, some vehicle problems are feared more than others, and a bad transmission is one that any car driver wants to avoid at all costs. But, how do you know if your manual transmission is on the verge of going out? We may be able to help.

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Signs That Your Manual Transmission Is Going Bad

pouring transmission fluid into a carThere are many signs that could indicate a bad transmission. Some may be more serious than others, though. Below, we’ve listed some warning symptoms to watch out for that could indicate your transmission could be on its last leg should you not take it in to get looked at by a knowledgeable automotive technician.

  1. Lack of power: If you switch gears and the engine revs, but your car isn’t accelerating like you expect it should, this could indicate a problem with your manual transmission’s clutch.
  2. Sound of parts hitting each other: There are many vehicle sounds you may encounter over the course of your ownership, some are normal and others aren’t. In addition, not all of them indicate issues with your transmission, but if it does sound like parts are hitting each other rather than operating smoothly, you should get it checked out before more serious issues arise.
  3. Burning smell: The smell of something burning is never a good sign, and it could indicate an overheating transmission due to a lack of transmission fluid. This could affect both manual and automatic transmissions.
  4. Slipping gears: When you shift gears, you expect the transmission to stay in that gear until you say otherwise. A transmission or stick shift that is headed the other way, however, could pop back into neutral, indicating the need to have it examined ASAP.

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There will likely be other signs to help you know when your manual transmission is going out, but the list above has some common ones to watch out for. That said, if you have any concerns about the health of your transmission, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment for service here at Mazda of Lodi.