Signs Your GMC Vehicle Needs a New Transmission

May 19th, 2022 by

The GMC transmission in your vehicle is one of the most important components. If it becomes damaged or worn, it can affect the efficiency, comfort, and safety of your car, and can lead to significant costs in the future. That’s why our team here at Starling Buick GMC provides expert transmission service and care, and why we’re sharing all you need to know to recognize signs of transmission wear.

How Do I Know If My Transmission Is Failing?

The transmission is a key part of the car’s powertrain system. It moves the power from the engine to the wheels and adjusts to the engine’s speed, so the energy is used effectively. Because it’s one of the most important parts of your vehicle, it’s helpful to be able to recognize signs that your transmission needs repairs, including:

It Isn’t Shifting Gears: With most modern vehicles, the transmission is automatic, so the car will shift on its own. If you notice that the vehicle is driving sluggishly or can’t go over a certain speed, it means the transmission isn’t going into gear or is slipping out of position.

You Hear Grinding When Shifting: If you hear grinding when your vehicle shifts gears or when the car is in neutral, it means something has shifted or moved out of its position. Grinding often indicates damage or wear, which can be difficult to repair and may mean the transmission needs to be replaced.

Your Car Jerks During Shifting: Transitions between gears should be smooth. If you’re suddenly made aware of the gear changes due to vehicle jerking or pulling, it means your transmission isn’t moving smoothly, likely due to damage or wear.

There is a Leak: Your transmission requires fluid to prevent grinding and overheating. If there is a transmission fluid leak, that means not enough fluid is moving through the system, which can quickly cause damage.

Schedule GMC service for your transmission at Starling Buick GMC in Venice before you find yourself stuck in the driveway. Our trained technicians will get you back on the road in no time!

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