Both automatic and manual gear shifting vehicles are capable of transmission slipping. It is a common problem in older vehicles, but may be experienced in newer vehicles that are not properly maintained. The symptoms are that the clutch in a manual vehicle may catch and refuse to shift gears, and the drive may suddenly depressurize as if it were stuck in neutral. The engine gear has lost proper contact with the shift gear, or it has slipped entirely to a lower gear. If gear contact is not reestablished, or if temporary shifting is ignored, then the drive shaft may be damaged like a nut being rounded.
Transmission slipping is made possible by the fact a car has multiple gears, just like a road bicycle. Since the gears on a bike are exposed and familiar, it may be an easier model to understand. The advantages of having many gears is that the different mechanical ratios presents more options to the engine. A pedaling cyclist might switch to a lower gear ratio when going uphill, or might switch to a higher gear when moving downhill so to provide more power to the rapidly rotating tires.
It is the same way with a car. A lower gear helps the car get moving, while a higher gear provides the power needed to achieve higher speeds. Also, a computerized engine can switch to a lower gear when it senses slippage in the road, going uphill, or some other problem. Semi-automatic transmission allows the operator to choose between full drive and lower drive, according to road conditions.
The transmission system allows cars to be more efficient and achieve high speeds, but this does come at the expense of mechanical complexity. More parts means more parts to break. The problem can be prevented by making sure the pressure fluid in the drive shaft is full. If you cannot do this yourself, then have a mechanic to add the fluid. Having your engine examined routinely by a professional is the best preventative measure. If you own a manual transmission, it is important to shift gears properly, and not to treat the engine harshly. Cars are major investments, and it pays to show them kindness. Classic cars maintain preservation by not being abused.
If your transmission slips while driving, it is a good idea to get off the road and restart the engine. work your way back through the gears as the vehicle accelerates. If the problem repeats, drive at the lowest reliable gear or speed to a mechanic shop and have them examine the engine. With good luck, the brake fluid just needs to be replaced. Your prudent preventative measure might have saved your car from greater damage.
You felt it again today, you’re not entirely sure but you think that you feel your automatic transmission slipping when you are driving. Automatic transmissions are very commonplace with more drivers preferring a car with an automatic transmission to one with a standard transmission. With an automatic transmission though, there are certain mechanical problems can lead to low transmission efficiency and slipping. There are several different symptoms that you may experience, when your automatic transmission is slipping it can be symptomatic of different issues and transmission repairs can very often be quite costly.
Automatic transmission slipping can cause your engine RPM readings to increase abnormally If your RPMs get above 3000-3500 then your engine may be having to shift into overdrive due to the transmission slipping in shifting gears. Your car may also downshift slower and as you are downshifting you may also notice an increase in your RPM readings this is also an indication that you may have a problem with your transmission. Another symptom you may find is that your car coasts along for a lot longer after you stop giving it gas, this can also be a sign of automatic transmission slipping.
Other indicators of automatic transmission slipping can be a change in the color of your transmission fluid from red to brown, high pitched grinding noise which increase or decrease when speeding up, slowing down, or at high speeds. Problems with getting into reverse gear, especially in colder weather, accompanied by a slipping jerky type of movement in reverse can also indicate that your transmission is slipping. Finally, a delay in acceleration when you give the car gas and a significant loss of engine power are prime symptoms of automatic transmission slipping.
Due to the fact that an automatic transmission is a very complex system there are a multitude of causes for automatic transmission slipping and mechanical failure. The main causes are malfunction of the torque converter, worn gears, poor maintenance or a drop below the requisite amount of transmission fluid in the system, and transmission band problems. These can range from the easily fixable problem of simply topping off your transmission fluid resevoir to one which requires rebuilding or replacement of the transmission. Transmission repairs can be quite costly, especially if you allow a small and easily fixable problem to go unattended until it becomes enough of a problem to really affect the performance of your motor and your car. If your transmission is slipping it is probably best to have it looked at and fixed sooner rather than later.
If you have problems with your Grand Cherokee transmission slipping you will always want to start with the simplest, least expensive options to fix it first. More times than not it is always the little things that simply get overlooked from time to time that need to be addressed in order to fix the problem of slipping gears. Transmissions typically last a long time. so re-building or replacing them is the last option you should look at. Besides, the price tag involved with either of those scenarios will run you anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000.
Transmission fluid is pretty inexpensive, roughly $2.00 per quart depending on the brand, so always check your fluid level first before making a rash decision. If the fluid on the dipstick is lower than the full line, put in the amount you need to get it filled then try driving it again. If your fluid has a brownish color to it, then it’s old enough to be drained out and replaced with new fluid. The viscosity of your fluid is very important in keeping your transmission working as it should. If you still feel your Grand Cherokee transmission slipping then you will want to check your filter. If it looks excessively dirty or clogged, replace it with a new one and run your vehicle again.
If this still doesn’t solve the problem then either you or someone else should check the kick down cable and make sure that it isn’t kinked. On some of the older Grand Cherokee models there is very little room that the cable has on its route from from the top of the engine to the transmission itself, so kinks as well as wear and tear can be a common problem here that can cause the transmission to slip. With parts and labor, you’ll be looking at around $80 to get it replaced.
These are some of the most common remedies that there are are for Grand Cherokee transmission slipping problems. If you try all 3 and your transmission still slips, you’ll only be out around $100 and even if you need to get your transmission re-built or replaced you’ll still have the new parts and fluids in place. Problems such as this can be a real headache if you don’t know what you’re looking for, so hopefully these suggestions can help you fix the problem quicker and with the least amount of stress on your bank account as possible.
The Oldsmobile is a pretty sturdy and reliable car, but just like any other car, it is going to run into problems eventually. One problem in particular that can get some Oldsmobile owners worried, and rightfully so, is the transmission slipping gears. The average car owners level of expertise when it comes to cars are the basics of driving a car, not the mechanical basics. So when you feel the transmission slipping gears you are going to want to take it to a qualified mechanic. Before you do so however, there are a few things you can do first to help diagnose the problem.
First, check the level and color of the fluid. If the level on the dipstick is anywhere lower than the “full” line, put in the appropriate amount to get it full and then try it again. If it still slips check the color the the fluid. Transmission fluid is typically a reddish/purple color, so if looks darker than that or even a brownish/black, you should take it to get changed. A transmission fluid change should cost you roughly $100.00 depending on the shop.
Low levels and “dirty” transmission fluid are the most common problems for a transmission slipping gears. You also want to make sure that you have the right type of fluid for your make and model. Dexron ll and lll are formulated for GM transmissions which is what is in the Oldsmobile. Different makes of transmission fluid have different viscosity levels, or levels of “smoothness” if you will, that are unique to specific makes of transmissions, and if the viscosity of the fluid is not right, this will cause the transmission to slip as well.
Hopefully, one of these three examples is the cause of your problem. If not, then you will need to take your car to an authorized transmission repair facility. From there, they will be able to tell you whether they can re-build it or if it is more cost effective to put a re-manufactured transmission in. Both are relatively comparable in cost, between $2,000 and $2,500 to have it re-built and $2,000 to $3,000 to have a re-manufactured (or reman) put in.
Your Oldsmobile transmission is a very important part of your car so you do not want to take the issue of slippage lightly.
A faulty transmission is one of the priciest things to get fixed on a car. Because it tends to be one of the more complex parts of a car, it is usually recommended to have it examined by a mechanic who knows what they are looking for. But not every problem relating to a transmission needs a professional to fix it. Some problems can be fixed by anyone with just a little information, some tools and a few hours of free time.
One of the common problems that can happen to a transmission is that it starts slipping. Thankfully, in a lot of cases this is a surprisingly simple problem to solve. What is a good transmission slipping fix? A lot of the time, it’s as simple as putting fluid in your differential or having someone replace your syncros if it’s a manual.
However, it is not always that simple. It’s possible the transmission is getting worn out and needs to be rebuilt. You may have to drop the transmission oil pan and install a new filter as it might be getting plugged up. This is a very common cause of slipping related problems. It is important to note that when filling the transmission back up with new fluid, adding a bottle of Lucas transmission fix is incredibly helpful.
It should also be noted that Honda Accords (95- onwards) seem to have this problem more infrequently than a lot of newer model cars, and also that Ford (07 – onwards) seem to have this problem more commonly than average among newer model cars. When purchasing a car, it is always a good idea to research the model you are interested in and see if it has a history of transmission problems.
In conclusion, if your transmission begins slipping don’t panic immediately and bring your car to a mechanic. There is a good chance that there is a simple transmission slipping fix right at your disposal that will fix your problem. It is not something that should be ignored though, and if the problem persists for an extended period of time than you should consult a mechanic.
Many owners of the Toyota Prius have complained of noticing signs of transmission slipping. This has been reported across the board occurring in the 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008 models where the mileage on the cars ranges from 26,000- 85,000 miles. Owners commented that while they were driving the vehicle at anywhere from 40-60 mph, the car suddenly felt like the transmission or clutch was slipping. Acceleration decreased and the gear slipped to neutral while driving or even while stationery. When taken to the garage the mechanics had told them this is not possible. But the facts remain that it has happened to several owners over the years.
Some say that it felt like the car was clipping gears in the higher gears. They noted too that the battery went down to one bar (purple) and that there were no warning lights . The engine quite simply revs without hitting any extra power. Some noted that it also sounded like the clutch slipping. If driving they would have to stop driving to slip it back into gear, which was somewhat unnerving on an interstate highway with drivers going well over 60 mph.
With this in mind it might be wise to consider getting an extended for the vehicle right from the start. The car like any other vehicle can have transmission problems costing several thousand dollar to repair. The manufacturer’s warranty protects these issues for the short term but the warranty will eventually end. It would be wise to inquire about a free extended warranty quote now.
Many people have written into forums online stating that the car has been misrepresented. Signs of transmission slipping have occurred over the last ten years. This would have seemed enough time to solve the problem. Perhaps when Toyota gets more competitors their customer service will have improved also. Based on online reviews it seems that the Prius owners must pay premium costs for getting spare parts or any kind of servicing required. Repairs on the Prius cost more than on a non hybrid. As more used Prius’ come on the market it will be interesting to watch what kinds of chronic problems will emerge. The car is still evolving.