Automatic Transmission Problems That We Can Fix

Righter’s Auto Repair is a full-service auto shop. In other words, we can fix just about anything that goes wrong with your automobile. This includes the automatic transmission, which needs to be serviced every 30,000 miles in order to keep it healthy. If your car, truck, or utility vehicle is experiencing any of the problems listed below, bring it to our shop right away.

Burning Odors

Burning odors can indicate that your transmission is overheating. These odors will waft from underneath your automobile. Transmissions overheat easily if the fluid is too low. It’s important that you stop driving your automobile if the transmission is too hot. Otherwise, you will damage it further.

Check Engine Warning

Most transmission problems are accompanied by a check engine warning light on your dashboard. The check engine light is very effective in notifying you of trouble even if you can’t see, hear, or smell it. Always take an illuminated check engine light seriously.

Gear Shifting Problems

Your automatic transmission will show that it is having trouble when it tries to shift gears. It may skip gears as it shifts through the gear cycle, or it may slip out of gear once it is in a specific gear. When the latter happens, your RPMs increase significantly and you lose power.

Leaking Fluid

Leaking transmission fluid is another sign of a transmission problem that we can repair. The fluid should be read if it is healthy. If it is old and dirty, it will be brown. Transmission fluid leaks underneath your automobile toward the center.

Strange Noises

If you hear strange noises when your automatic transmission shifts gears, this is also a sign that the transmission needs servicing or repair. Common sounds that come from a faulty transmission include grinding, squealing, humming, and clunking.

Strange Sensations

When the transmission shifts gears, your vehicle should not vibrate. If it shakes at each gearshift, the transmission needs to be serviced or repaired. Sometimes, if there is little to no transmission fluid in the transmission, this will make the gear shifts rougher.


Finally, a transmission the does not respond at all is a dead one. This can include a transmission that refuses to shift through the gear cycle or go into gear in the first place. This is an indication of serious transmission trouble that needs immediate attention.

We can give your transmission the attention it needs here at Righter’s Auto Repair in Grand Ledge, MI. We also have an auto shop in Lansing, MI, so call the shop closest to you today.

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