What Causes a Transmission to Slip?

Transmission Cross Section Close-Up

There are many critical components that contribute to your smooth performance around Blackfoot, and high up on the list is the complex transmission system. While transmission slipping doesn’t necessarily mean your transmission is failing, it can mean that you need to flush and replace your transmission fluid to keep your car running at its best. Read on with Ron Sayer's Chrysler Jeep Dodge to learn what causes a transmission to slip and learn how to identify transmission slipping signs.



Transmission Slipping Signs

If you’re taking drives around Pocatello and you notice your vehicle is slow to respond or doesn’t respond at all when accelerating, that can hint at a transmission slipping issue. These transmission slipping signs can appear when you’re idling or driving:

  • Engine chugs or revs
  • Acceleration is weak or slow
  • Shifting gears is difficult
  • Strange noises like grinding or whining
  • Strange burning smell
  • Illuminated check engine light

The changing of gears can also produce strange noises or change or “slip” without warning; be sure to schedule service immediately.

Causes of Transmission Slipping

If you’ve observed any of the signs mentioned above, visit a Rexburg-area service center to diagnose the cause of your transmission problems. Transmission slipping can be the result of a number of issues:

  • Transmission Fluid: Transmission fluid is essential to the system. So, a fluid check should be the first step in diagnosing a sluggish transmission.
  • Defective Solenoid: The electromagnetic component that controls the transmission fluid’s flow is the transmission solenoid. A defective solenoid can mean that the transmission fluid isn’t properly being circulated throughout the machine.
  • Damaged Transmission Bands: Transmission bands link the gears together, and if they wear out, it can also be related to an improper amount of fluid in the system. To fix the issue, the bands will need to be replaced.
  • Clutch Issues: Transmission fluid is also essential to allow the clutch system to operate properly. For automatic transmissions, a torque converter is in place instead of the main clutch, while you’ll want to make sure the manual clutch is receiving fluid.
  • Worn Gears: It’s natural for parts to wear over time. Transmission fluid is critical to prolonging the life of the gears in the system.
  • Torque Converter Problems: The torque converter converts the engine power into torque used by the transmission. Along with your transmission slipping, you can experience issues such as burning, smoking, gears jumping, failing to go into gear, or complete blowout.

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