Five Signs You Need Truck Transmission Repair

When it comes to automotive repairs, transmission issues are among the most feared. Often expensive and difficult to address, they can take any truck out of commission for protracted periods. Like all mechanical problems, catching them early can save motorists time and money. With that in mind, here are the five most common signs you need truck transmission repair.

1. Delayed Response

Your vehicle’s transmission system was designed to move power from the engine to the drive shafts and wheels as quickly as possible. When it cannot perform this primary function, something is wrong. In most cases, the problem starts out as a slight hesitation in acceleration. You might step on the gas pedal and have to wait half a second before the vehicle gets moving. Shifting issues that result in a delay before the gears engage are also quite common. The most likely culprit for these issues is a bad clutch. When ignored, the damage will inevitably get worse in both automatic and manual trucks. Not to mention the fact that it can be dangerous to drive an unresponsive vehicle.

2. Strange Sounds

Although noises differ based on vehicle size, make, and even model, these particular sounds are impossible to miss. Because they are often the result of failing metal parts, you will hear loud humming, buzzing, whining, or clunking sounds. Noises may occur at regular or irregular intervals and will almost always get worse the longer you drive. Because transmission parts are interconnected, a problem can spread quickly throughout the system. As such, it is vitally important that you get noises checked out as soon as humanly possible.

3. Low Fluid/Leaking

One of the most common reasons for breakdowns, low or leaking transmission fluid robs your vehicle of lubrication and even hydraulic function. The inevitable result is an engine that will either seize up or stop working completely. The good news is that both issues are fairly easy and inexpensive to address. If, for example, you spot bright red fluid on your driveway, it means you have a leak, which can then be easily repaired before there are further problems. Low fluid levels can also cause truck transmission repair problems, but they can often be avoided with regular service.

4. Shaking Or Grinding

Although they might shake and shimmy more than cars, trucks are not supposed to violently jerk and vibrate during operation. They also shouldn’t make any grinding sounds. Both issues are almost always caused by gear problems. Depending on when the noises and/or movements occur, the damage could point to either a bad clutch or worn out gear synchronizers. As the damage gets worse, transitions into different gears will become more jarring and may involve violent shaking that can be dangerous. For obvious reasons, the vehicle should be taken to an automotive expert immediately.

5. Check Engine Light

There are literally dozens of reasons why the check engine light on your dashboard could suddenly come on. Although car drivers often ignore this warning sign for months on end, truck owners must be more responsible. Because the light often indicates a potential truck transmission repair issue, it is important to have the problem diagnosed straight away. Nearly any automotive expert can do exactly that with a diagnostic scan tool that lets them know which part needs attention.

Truckers can save time and money on costly repairs when they heed these common warning signs.