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Signs Your Transmission Oil May Be Low

Transmission Fluid Change

Signs Your Transmission Oil May Be Low

The most important thing to remember if your transmission fluid is running low is that it will affect the entire performance of your vehicle. Transmission fluid is the lifeblood of the transmission system, It keeps all the components in the system lubricated allowing it to run smoothly. 

It’s important then to make sure that your transmission fluid is adequately topped off or that you know it’s time for a transmission fluid change. Luckily there are plenty of tell tale signs that your transmission fluid may need a change and in this article we’ll dive in and take a look at some of the most common signs that your transmission fluid may be running low. 

What To Look Out For?

Trouble Shifting GearsShifting car gears

It’s essential to keep the oil you’re putting in your gearbox clean and avoid any dirt or mud collecting in it. If your transmission fluid is full of mud or other debris, then it’s response will be very sluggish. It’s dangerous not to be able to switch gears quickly, particularly if you’re driving a manual car, so you must be able to switch gears smoothly and safely.

Strange Noises While You’re In Gear 

If the transmission is operating correctly, then you shouldn’t be able to hear it. If you start to hear any rattling noise, then you have reason to be alarmed. This could mean a problem with the torque converter, but even if it’s any rattle or other strange noise while you’re in gear is worth getting a professional to take a look at your car. 

Overheated Transmission

The transmission fluid in your car is there to make sure all the parts inside the transmission remain cool and operating correctly. Make sure to keep your transmission fluid level topped up. The rotating parts inside your transmission cause friction between one another, and if there’s not enough fluid available, then your transmission can become overheated.

If there’s not enough fluid, then the parts won’t cool down before it’s time for another rotation. An overheated transmission can cause parts to slip or not turn at all, and that will only mean problems for your transmission and your car.

Engine Light Shows OnCheck Engine Light

If the engine light on your dashboard is showing, then it could be time to get your engine checked out. If the transmission control unit detects a fault, then it will store a code in the control unit. The control unit will then send a signal to the engine control unit and signal it to turn the engine light on., so keep a lookout if this occurs.

Even if it turns out the Engine Light turning on isn’t to do with the transmission, it’s turning on for a reason, and you should get your engine checked over regardless to discover what the issue is.

Ask The Professionals

If you think your transmission fluid may be running low or you think you’ve noticed any of the above issues with your car, then it may be time for transmission fluid change. Jiffy Lube is a leading provider of automotive preventive maintenance, and with over 2,000 franchisee-owned service centers across the country, you won’t have to venture too far to get your oil checked. Pop in-store today and get the professionals opinion on what you need to do.


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