The transmission on your vehicle is essential to its operation, but transmission systems are not designed to last indefinitely. This means that the transmission on your vehicle will most likely begin to fail over time. You can reduce the cost of repairs by noticing signs of transmission failure early on and having repairs completed in a timely manner. Not only do transmission systems need to be maintained, but it is also essential that you are aware of the telltale signs that indicate a problem with your transmission.
If you have a transmission that is beginning to fail, it is difficult to not notice when the gears start slipping. This is something that occurs often in vehicles with automatic transmissions after the solenoid within the transmission systems begins to fail. Once the solenoid fails, the gears will slip and this will cause more vibration when the gears are engaged or being changed. It will go from one gear to the next without warning. It is important to take your car in for transmission repair once you start to notice that the gears are slipping. If you wait too long to have this problem fixed, you transmission will typically not be salvageable and will most likely need to be completely replaced.
You should also be aware of how your car responds when you drive up steep hills. If your transmission is beginning to fail and you attempt to drive up a steep hill, you will often notice that the gears will vibrate loudly and you might also lose power to your car completely. This is a sign that can also be present when you are not on a hill and simply trying to start the car. You might have a difficult time getting it to start and when you do, it will normally not want to go into gear.
It is also a good idea to be on the lookout for leaking transmission fluid. This is a sign that there is an issue with your transmission and it can worsen with time as you lose more transmission fluid. You need to identify what the cause of the leak is. In most cases, the fixes for this problem are a lot simpler and normally only require the seal to be repaired. It is possible that there could be a leak within the bell housing, which is a more serious issue that is not quite as easy to fix.