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Transmission Trouble

Problems with your transmission are never fun to deal with, but Tyrone Square Mazda’s team of highly-trained service technicians are here to help! We know that no one wants to hear their transmission needs to be rebuilt or replaced. Taking note of any unusual symptoms and getting your vehicle in for service as soon as possible can help avoid this. Here are a few ways to tell if a transmission problem is in your near future.

The “Check Engine” light is on

If your check engine light is on, it usually doesn’t mean there’s an issue with the transmission. But, if it’s combined with any other symptoms including those you read here, you should take your vehicle in to be checked.

Transmission fluid is leaking

Transmissions are a sealed unit so there shouldn’t be any leaks. If you notice any spots or think your transmission fluid is leaking put something under your vehicle, like a piece of cardboard, and see if the leak is frequent. Before refilling the fluid yourself, make sure you’re following your vehicle’s specifications because overfilling can worsen transmission problems. Please don’t hesitate to let our service team take care of anything you don’t feel comfortable with!

Issues with shifting and stalling

If you’re driving your vehicle and notice some reluctance when shifting gears, it might be a transmission problem. The same goes for stalling. Sometimes, when your transmission doesn’t have enough fluid, it stalls at stop signs or red lights. Even if your vehicle seems fine or starts back up quickly in both scenarios, bring it into our service center as soon as possible to avoid a costly replacement or rebuild.

Unusual transmission fluid color and smell

The transmission fluid is normally bright red and has a unique, but sweet, smell. If your transmission fluid looks dark and cloudy or has a burnt smell to it, this is a sign of a problem. If you notice any of these, get your car checked as soon as possible. 

Bringing in your vehicle when you notice any of the above symptoms can save you a lot of time and money. A lot of problems can usually be resolved by working on transmission fluid or replacing the transmission lines. It’s important to remember that if you ever don’t feel safe driving your vehicle due to a potential transmission problem, you should have it towed in to avoid any accidents.

At Tyrone Square Mazda, we make it easy to schedule appointments online or over the phone. Give us a call at 727-344-3344, make an appointment online, or bring your vehicle to our service center today to get a diagnosis!