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

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 8:54 pm
How to Know If Your Manual Transmission Is Going Out?

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.

13 Responses to “Signs of a Bad Transmission That You Will Want to Watch Out For”

  1. It’s good to know that if your car has a lack of power, it may show that the transmission is going out. It’s important for us to understand what these symptoms mean so that we can get the right parts to fix the transmission. Delaying repairs can cost you more in damages and reparations for your transmission.

  2. Tony says:

    Wow I’ve been having that problem when I’m on the highway sometimes. I push the gas pedal and nothings happening. It happens every now and then though, not all the time. Guess my transmissions wearing out!

  3. These are some very good points and, considering how important the manual transmission is for your car, you need to know when to get it repaired. After all, something like the gears slipping while your driving on the road could be very dangerous. For your own safety it is much better to just take your car in for transmission repairs as soon as you notice anything going wrong with it.

  4. Thank you for sharing such an informative and useful blog. Transmission plays an important role in the performance of the vehicle and needs maintenance on a regular basis. Different signs of a bad transmission given in this blog is really helpful in identifying the problem and fix it before it get worse. Transmission fluids should be checked on a regular basis and should be replaced if necessary. Any types of leakage could be very dangerous. The problem should be identified and should be repaired.

  5. Cynthia Coleman says:

    Transmission plays a key role in performance of the vehicle & needs to be maintained regularly. Transmission fluid is an important part of transmission. When burning smell comes from the transmission,it indicates that transmission fluid is lacking in the transmission. Sometimes transmission gets asleep while driving, shifting of gears is delayed and the vehicle makes rough sound while changing gears. These are some of the signs that shows transmission is going to be bad. If you want to repair your car’s transmissions, you may refer to:
    https://santacruzeuropeanauto.com/european-auto-repairs-santa-cruz/.

  6. You make a great point that if you can smell something burning then your transmission may be overheating. My husband mentioned to me that his car smelled like it was burning on his way home from work today. It would probably be best if he took it into a shop to get it all fixed up as soon as possible.

  7. Billy Eaton says:

    Transmission failure is a quotidian part of automotive life. After a considerable number of miles, it starts to fail. For manual gearboxes, there are specific syndromes that make the inescapable a bit more foreseeable in terms of unearthing when the transmission will go out. Drips and leaks, bad clutch, gear breakdown, clanging noise, inability to shift- are some of the prominent syndromes by which you can guess that your transmission is going out. I know replacement can fix the complication for the shifter erection. Still, it is advisable to consult a car professional prior to making any kind of modification. Honest, I don’t have enough knowledge on transmission repair. So, when it comes to the transmission maintenance of my Audi, I used to hire a professional for the engagement.

  8. Of the things that you said, what got me was the part about how the burning smell is never a good sign since it indicates that something is burning inside the car. If that is the case, then I will have the car checked by a mechanic as soon as I can. I just hope that it isn’t too late to repair whatever the problem is since the burning smell has been around since a few weeks ago.

  9. Hector Uba says:

    Thanks for elaborating on how you can tell if your manual transmission is going bad. I didn’t know that a lack of power meant that your transmission was going bad; I thought it’d be more of a spark plug thing. My brother has been having issues with his manual transmission; I will be sure to share this with him.

  10. Greta James says:

    Thank you so much for informing me that if it sounds like things are grinding or hitting each other in your car, you likely have an issue with the transmission. Yesterday, I was driving my son to soccer practice, when I started having a really hard time getting over the hill in our neighborhood and then the car started making weird noises. I will have to start looking for shops in the area that could take a look at it for me.

  11. Universal says:

    Thank you first of all I am always looking for something new for my knowledge Basically I am Mechanic in Las Vegas at Universal motorcars and I love your site it is very help for me

  12. Thank you for explaining how my transmission’s clutch could be messed up if the car doesn’t go faster when I switch gears and rev the engine. This happened to me this morning when I left to go get breakfast. I’ll see if there is an auto shop that is still open right now that I can take my car to and get their help on it.

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