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What are some signs of transmission trouble?

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Signs of transmission trouble include gear malfunctions, a burning smell, leaking fluid, clutch difficulty, unusual noises, slow response and an activated "Check Engine" light, according to HowStuffWorks. Vehicles with transmission problems commonly show multiple symptoms

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What are some signs of transmission trouble?
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Gear glitches point to transmission trouble. In a car with a manual transmission, the driver is sometimes unable to shift from one gear to another, HowStuffWorks explains. With either type of transmission, it is a bad sign if a car does not stay in gear but pops into another one spontaneously. Also, vehicles that shake or jolt during shifting need to be checked.

A burning smell sometimes indicates that the transmission is overheating, states HowStuffWorks. Normal fluid is a clear bright red with a sweet smell. Red or brownish spots on the driveway indicate a leaking transmission. In a vehicle with automatic transmission, leaks are confirmed by checking the fluid level with a dipstick. A mechanic is typically needed to check the fluid on a car with a standard shift.

On a manual transmission vehicle, a "dragging clutch" does not disengage during gear shifts, notes HowStuffWorks. It is accompanied by a grinding noise. Other warning sounds include loud noises while in neutral gear and whining, clunking or humming.

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