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.