Does your vehicle feel jerky every time you hit the gas? Is it slow to respond when you pull onto the freeway? If either of these issues sounds familiar, nine times out of ten, your vehicle’s transmission is to blame. At AA Auto Tech, we specialize in transmission repair and replacement, and we’re here to let you know that the longer you allow the problem to persist, the worse it will become. Below, you’ll find more information on a few of the most common transmission problems we see, and what you should do if your vehicle is suffering from these issues.


Rough Shifting

When your transmission is fully functional, it changes gears smoothly as you speed up and slow down. Over time, however, normal wear and tear can cause your transmission to shift roughly, which means you may feel a noticeable thud or clunk when the transmission shifts gears. In many cases, rough shifting is due to low transmission fluid levels, but other causes include:


●        Bad transmission sensor

●        Worn shift solenoid

●        Bad transmission pump

●        Dirty transmission fluid

●        Worn transmission components due to loose shifting or over-revving


If you’re able to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid levels, take a peek under the hood and determine the level of fluid in the reservoir. If the fluid does not reach the fill line on the tank, it may be time for a transmission flush since adding new fluid to old, dirty fluid is not recommended.


In any case, your best course of action is to take your vehicle to an auto repair shop that performs transmission repair or replacement. There, the technicians can diagnose your transmission problems and recommend the most appropriate course of action.


Transmission Slipping

If your vehicle doesn’t seem to be accelerating as quickly as it normally does, your transmission may be suffering from an issue known as “slipping.” When your transmission slips, you may feel as though you’re driving in one gear, and the vehicle suddenly shifts to another gear without warning. You may also notice your vehicle is losing power, revving unusually high, having trouble shifting gears, or emitting whining sounds during operation.


If you’ve noticed any of these unusual occurrences, take your vehicle to a shop that diagnoses transmission problems as soon as possible. Something as simple as low fluid levels can trigger your transmission to slip, but if the problem stems from worn components, ignoring the issue will only allow it to grow worse.


Delayed Gear Engagement

Delayed engagement refers to a delayed transmission response when you shift your vehicle from park into drive. If your transmission suffers from this issue, the engine will rev as you depress the gas pedal, but the vehicle will not move forward until the transmission responds and shifts into the appropriate gear.


Occasionally, delayed engagement is due to something as simple as a temperature change beneath the hood of the vehicle, but in most cases, the issue stems from worn vehicle components. If you repeatedly observe a delayed response when you shift into gear, it’s time to have your transmission inspected by a qualified transmission repair specialist.


Warning Light Activation

We all know our dash warning lights are there for a reason, so if your check engine light illuminates, don’t ignore it! While an illuminated check engine light doesn’t necessarily indicate a problem with your transmission, if the light comes on in conjunction with any of the above symptoms, it’s time for professional diagnosis. Your auto repair technician can run your engine’s error codes to determine the source of the problem and recommend an appropriate solution.


Having Transmission Troubles? Contact AA Auto Tech Today

At AA Auto Tech, we’ve been servicing all makes and models of vehicle transmissions for over 25 years. We specialize in both transmission replacement and rebuilds, so no matter the extent of your complication, our team of dedicated technicians will help you determine the solution that works best for your needs. If you live in or near the Hastings, MN area and would like to learn more about how we can bring your transmission back to life, give our team a call at 651-437-2218 or reach out to us on our contact page.