Spotting Automatic Transmission Issues in Duluth, Georgia


Your transmission is one of the biggest and most expensive parts of your vehicle. Acura Carland wants to help our Duluth and Atlanta area customers keep their vehicles in its best shape. We know that noticing issues early can help you address them before they get any worse. The best way to avoid transmission issues is knowing how to prevent transmission problems. Some methods for properly maintaining your transmission are:


  • Check your transmission fluid level, color, and smell regularly. Consider changing this fluid roughly every 50,000 miles

  • Don’t tow in overdrive

  • Don’t overload your vehicle

  • Avoid excess heat in your transmission

  • Ensure you are using the correct fluid and be sure not to overfill your transmission

    • Overfilling can lead to the fluid foaming. Foaming can lead to erratic shifting, loss of internal lubrication, and potential transmission damage

  • Use your emergency brake when parking on an incline

  • Allow your vehicle to warm up thoroughly on cold mornings

  • Avoid rocking between gears if your vehicle becomes stuck in mud or on ice


Despite your best efforts, transmission issues can still arise. Knowing how to spot these problems early can help you avoid a total breakdown. Keep an eye out for these early signs of trouble:


  • Slipping Gears - This is one of the major signs that an automatic transmission is beginning to fail. The main symptom is if your engine is making noise and the tachometer is climbing without your vehicle accelerating. One way to test this is to push the accelerator to see if the tachometer is climbing but the car’s speed does not increase.

  • Rough Shifts - You can check this while your car is sitting still. Shift the car from park to reverse or drive and observe the results. If you notice a big clunk or the car seems like it’s lurching, there might be an issue and you may want to have your vehicle inspected by a professional. If the clunking sound occurs while driving, rather than shifting, you may have a different issue.

  • Delayed Gear Engagement - If you shift from park to drive or reverse and the vehicle remains unresponsive for several seconds, there is a probable issue.

  • Fluid Leaks - Low or empty transmission fluid can lead to a complete breakdown of transmission. Transmission fluid should be red in color and smell sweet. If the fluid has turned black or is giving off a burning smell, there could be serious trouble approaching. Alternatively, your fluid may just need to be replaced. It is best to bring your vehicle to your local service professionals to have your transmission’s health evaluated.


If you have noticed any of the warning signs occurring with your vehicle, let the professional service team at Acura Carland help you keep your vehicle running smoothly. Visit us at 3403 Satellite Boulevard, Duluth, GA 30096 or give us a call at (770) 214-7066 with any questions you may have. You can also schedule your service online anytime. Our service hours are Monday-Friday 7 AM-7 PM and Saturdays 7 AM-5 PM. You can also find amazing monthly service offers on our service specials page.


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