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Warning Signs

While we often fall into the trap of hoping that problems with our vehicles will somehow go away or fix themselves, rarely does it work out that way. Since transmission problems tend to get worse over time, it is advisable to get the problem(s) checked as soon as possible. Delaying service can cause severe damage to your transmission and a much larger bill than if the problem is taken care of early. Whether your transmission is manual or automatic, our technicians have the expertise, training and equipment to properly service or maintain it.

Not sure if you have transmission problems?
Your transmission doesn’t always have to be overhauled if we catch things early!
If your engine light is blinking, it is URGENT for you to get your car towed in ASAP!

10 Common Warning Signs


If you suspect the transmission's going bad, check under the car for any wet spots or pools of liquid that may have resulted from leaks. The liquid in question could be transmission fluid. Its leakage is a telltale warning sign of a bad transmission.

Fluid Color

Examine the transmission fluid's color. Standard transmission fluid has a pinkish, translucent hue. A bad transmission, however, will burn the fluid, charring it dark brown or even black in severe cases.

Burning Smell

A burnt odor can be a sign of a transmission that is overheating or is leaking fluid onto the exhaust. This needs to be addressed immediately - if engine oil or transmission fluid drips onto a hot exhaust it could catch on fire.

Check Engine Light or Blinking Overdrive Light

Since today's transmissions are computer controlled, a check engine light can be an indication of a transmission problem. Modern automobile computers are extremely sensitive and can detect a transmission slip or malfunction that would go unnoticed by the driver. When your check engine light comes on, it’s telling you that something is wrong somewhere. Listen to it and get your car checked out!

Shuddering or Shaking

Sometimes a shuddering, shaking or bucking sensation is experienced, especially while driving at highway speeds. While this may be an engine tune up issue, it could also be a malfunction in the transmission. Bring it to Angelo’s Transmissions. Our experts will properly diagnose and fix it for you.

Transmission Slippage

While driving, you may feel sudden unexpected jerks. These could be caused by the transmission slipping, meaning that it's inadvertently slipping between gears. This slippage is one of the best ways you can tell that the transmission is going bad.



Delayed Drive or Reverse

Delayed drive or reverse. A noticeably longer than normal hesitation for your transmission to engage a gear once the shifter is put in "D" or "R" is another sign of a transmission malfunction.

Sluggish or Delayed Acceleration

If you’re not seeing the normal, expected acceleration from a stop, when going around a turn or when accelerating quickly, this is a classic sign of a low transmission fluid condition. Unlike an engine where it may be normal for some oil to be consumed over time, if a transmission is low on fluid it is leaking.

Harsh Shifting and Wrong Gear Starts

A hard shift or wrong gear start either by itself or in conjunction with a check engine light is often a sign that your transmission is having serious issues. In this type of situation, it is best to get the car to Angelo’s without delay as continuing to drive it may cause further serious damage.

Vehicle Won’t Move

If your car starts and will run but will not move, there’s a really good possibility that the transmission is the problem. If this happens, do not try to drive the vehicle. Either make arrangements to have it towed in or call us first (814) 453-5148 or (814) 456-5095.

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