Transmission Delay

Transmission Delay – in an automatic you put your car into ‘Drive’ but there’s a delay as the gear engages. In a manual you put the car into gear and hear the engine revving but the car doesn’t move. Gear changes should be instant so any delay needs to be checked out.

How do you know your tranmission is slipping

Slipping – the gear changes for no reason as you’re driving. This is obviously dangerous as you could lose power in traffic. Your car will just start reving up. Hence the tranmission slip.

Is my transmission fluid low?

Transmission fluid – its bright red so if you find it on your drive you need to find the leak and get it fixed. Low levels of transmission fluid can lead to much bigger problems so get it checked out.

Hearing unusual transmission noise?

Noise – humming, buzzing, clunking sounds are just a few telltale signs. For example, a horrible grinding noise when shifting gear is possibly the clutch not engaging with other parts of the transmission properly.

Tranmission is shaking?

Shaking – gear changes don’t appear smooth.

Your transmission may be burning or start smelling?

Burning smell – this could be transmission fluid overheating. Get it checked out.

What's the difference between manual and automatic transmission?

On a manual car the transmission connects to the engine through the clutch. Pressing the clutch disconnects, and releasing the clutch connects, the engine and transmission. 

Automatics don’t have a clutch or stick. They’re just very clever. Let’s just leave it at that. Trust us you don’t want to hear all about torque converters, "planetary" arrangement, "sun" gear, "planet carrier" or "carrier" that holds multiple planet gears, "ring" gear etc. etc.