What Causes Slipping?
If you have been told that your transmission is slipping, you may be thinking, “What the heck does that mean!” A slipping transmission is not a good sign and it means that there is a problem with the vehicle itself. Now, you are probably wondering how to tell if the transmission itself is slipping. You will know when it happens as your vehicle will shift gears or it will not accelerate fast enough. In addition, you will feel the shift when you are driving as opposed to a smooth transition to a new gear.
If you do discover that the transmission is indeed slipping, you need to take it in to get fixed right away as allowing it to persist can lead to further complications. If you drive an automatic vehicle, you will find that a slipping transmission is more deadly for your vehicle than if you were driving a manual.
One thing to keep in mind is that when your transmission first starts to slip, getting it fixed can save the transmission and not lead to any more damage. However, if you do not get it repaired, the problem can become much worse and the transmission may fail altogether.
There are a number of things that can cause your transmission to act silly and begin slipping. One of the most common causes is due to low fluid in the vehicle. If you do not have enough transmission fluid in the vehicle, it can cause your gears to stick and have trouble maneuvering. This is often a quick fix with a fluid flush and adding more fluid to the vehicle.
Another reason you may experience slipping is due to worn down gaskets and seals. When this happens, the transmission fluid leaks and the vehicle is unable to get enough of it. A transmission leak can be caused by other reasons as well so if the vehicle is slipping because of a leak, you will need to determine where the leak is and then fix it.
If you have a manual transmission, you may notice slipping of the transmission when the clutch is bad or about to go out. The clutch helps you shift the transmission, but when it is not working properly, the transmission cannot do its job and shift itself. A simple replacement of the clutch should fix the problem for you.
If you are concerned about your transmission or you notice that it is slipping, you need to take it in to a repair shop to have it fixed. It is important you address the issue immediately instead of waiting.