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Most Common Reasons Why a Transmission Slips

Updated on January 8, 2017
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33 years in the automotive business, Honda, ASE certified master technician. Willing to spill my guts about everything I have learned.

We all know what an automatic transmission is, basically—very basically, at least—so I'm not going to bore you with the details about how it converts power from your engine into power at the wheels. But you should know that the process involves plenty of hydraulic fluid as well as gears and clutches.

If you don't know why your car’s transmission is slipping, I just might have the answer, though you may not want to hear what I have to say.

The cause of a slipping transmission will depend on the type of transmission you have in your vehicle. There are three types of transmissions: automatic, standard (or “manual”), and CVT (continuously variable transmission). I will discuss the two most common types, automatic and standard.

Why Is My Automatic Transmission Slipping?

If you have an automatic transmission and it "slips" while you are driving it—that is, the car engine revs without the power going to the wheels—the most common cause (though not the only possible cause) is low transmission fluid. If the slipping is caused by low fluid, it will get worse as the transmission gets hotter.

Why Is My Manual Transmission Slipping?

A standard (“manual”) transmission uses fluid too, but leaks aren’t a common issue; a standard transmission could lose all its fluid and never slip at all, though eventually it would lock up while driving down the road. If you have a standard transmission, and it’s slipping—the engine revs but it doesn’t transmit power to the wheels—the problem is usually in the clutch.

Further down in the article I discuss how to diagnose this problem.

Sounds Like Low Transmission Fluid to Me

If Your Automatic Transmission Is Low on Fluid

The next question is, why? Probably because you have a leak. Maybe you have noticed red transmission fluid in your driveway or your parking spot at work, but it didn’t occur to you that it came from your car. The cause of your leak is probably a failure of one of the seals that keep the oil inside the transmission (though there are other places the transmission might leak). How many seals the transmission has depends on whether you have a front-wheel-drive, four-wheel-drive, or rear-wheel-drive car.

If you do have a seal that is leaking, and you catch it in time before it damages your transmission, there’s a chance it might be relatively cheap to repair. Seals themselves are not expensive parts, but depending on where they are located, it might take a lot of labor to replace them.

Transmission Axle Seal: A Common Site for Leaks

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An axle seal might cost you about $20. It's the labor that kills you. An axle seal that is not leaking fluid.Axle seal inside the transmission, with the axle removed.A typical axle seal leak.This axle seal is just starting to leak.A great view of the axle going into the transmission. You can see the transmission fluid starting to leak down the transmission case.
An axle seal might cost you about $20. It's the labor that kills you.
An axle seal might cost you about $20. It's the labor that kills you. | Source
An axle seal that is not leaking fluid.
An axle seal that is not leaking fluid.
Axle seal inside the transmission, with the axle removed.
Axle seal inside the transmission, with the axle removed.
A typical axle seal leak.
A typical axle seal leak.
This axle seal is just starting to leak.
This axle seal is just starting to leak.
A great view of the axle going into the transmission. You can see the transmission fluid starting to leak down the transmission case.
A great view of the axle going into the transmission. You can see the transmission fluid starting to leak down the transmission case.

If you have the leak checked out by your mechanic, and he tells you it’s just your axle seal, it could just cost you for a couple hours of labor, and you could be back on the road in a few hours if the parts are readily available. Axle seal failures are common, and the dealer will usually have those seals in stock. But if it's your input shaft seal, plan on leaving your car for a day or two, and expect the labor cost to be upwards of eight to ten hours.

Input Shaft Seal: Another Site for Leaks

Leaking input shaft seal.
Leaking input shaft seal.

This photo shows an input shaft seal leak. To replace this seal, the transmission needs to be removed from the car; this job can get costly.

Be sure to check your owner's manual on how to check your transmission fluid.
Be sure to check your owner's manual on how to check your transmission fluid.
Typically you fill the transmission through the dipstick tube, using a small funnel.
Typically you fill the transmission through the dipstick tube, using a small funnel.

Checking and Topping Off Automatic Transmission Fluid to Prevent Slipping

If your transmission is leaking, you will want to fix it. Meanwhile, if you must drive a car with a leaking transmission, you should top off the fluid.

Check your owner’s manual to see exactly how you should check your transmission fluid level. Some manufacturers will want you to check the transmission fluid level when the engine is warmed up and running with the transmission in park, other manufacturers like Honda will have you check it with the engine warmed up but not running. So be sure to read your owner's manual, DON'T GUESS!

If your transmission fluid level is low and not showing on the dipstick, add transmission fluid--the proper transmission fluid. Each car manufacturer uses a specific fluid. If you use the wrong fluid, you could damage your transmission internally, so again, check your owner's manual. Fill it to the top line on the dipstick and then drive it to your mechanic.

Note: Sometimes when an automatic transmission is low on fluid and you top it off, air pockets develop inside the transmission that keep the fluid from getting to all the parts of the mechanism. After adding the fluid, I suggest that while the car is running, you move the shift lever through the different gears on the shifter selector, and then check the fluid again. Running the shifter through the gears redirects the fluid to different parts of the transmission and removes the air pockets. You may have to do this procedure several times, or even drive the car around the block, and then recheck the fluid level.

Note: I do not recommend using additives that are supposed to stop leaks; they can plug up the transmission. Use the automatic transmission fluid your car manufacturer makes.

How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Other Fluids That Leak From Cars

If you are concerned about other fluids besides automatic transmission fluid that seem to be coming out of your car, here's some useful advice.

Clutch disc and pressure plate. The clutch looks like it blew apart. If you ride your clutch it may look like this.
Clutch disc and pressure plate. The clutch looks like it blew apart. If you ride your clutch it may look like this.

Common Cause of Manual Transmission Slippage: Worn-Out Clutch

If you think your clutch is starting to slip, you can try a stall test. Put your car in third gear and try starting off like you would normally, as if you were in first gear. If your clutch is working properly, letting the clutch out all the way should stall the car. If, however, the clutch is slipping, the engine RPMs will rise, the car will slowly start rolling, and you will have a smell like burning paper coming from the engine compartment. When a clutch starts slipping you will smell it. It’s like the smell of overheated brakes.

There are many reasons why a clutch would slip, but the most common reason is that the clutch is worn out. A clutch disc can last anywhere from 20,000 to 200,000 miles—it all depends on the way you drive—but like a brake pad, it’s a consumable item, and will be used up eventually, leaving the parts grinding metal-on-metal. If the clutch disc is worn out, you need to replace it, generally also along with the clutch plate and one or two bearings. If you don't replace a worn clutch in time, you might have to replace the flywheel (the big chunk of metal next to it) as well.

Riding your clutch—that is, leaving your foot on the clutch pedal when you aren’t using it—can really eat up a clutch disc fast, especially if you drive in hilly areas. Just being a newbie and learning to use a clutch for the first time can cause a lot of wear and tear. Learning to drive on a standard transmission can end up costing you money if you don't get the hang of it quickly.

Then again, clutches slip for reasons not related to wear and tear or abuse. If your input shaft seal is leaking gear oil onto the clutch disc, this could very well cause a slipping clutch. Another common reason for a slipping clutch is a faulty or damaged pressure plate. The pressure plate is operated by a high-tension spring. If for some reason the pressure is not distributed evenly over the clutch disc, the clutch will start to slip.

Blown Clutch: It's Completely Worn Out

I Appreciate Your Questions!

There are many possible reasons for a slipping transmission and I could not cover all of them above. If you have any questions just leave them in the comment box below. If you find this article useful, do share it on Facebook or Twitter (see buttons at top of page).

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      Eddie Carrara 6 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi James,

      It sounds like you're losing internal pressure in reverse, but usually, reverse is gear driven?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amjad,

      I'm sorry but I'm not familiar with the VSS system or what it does.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Terence,

      It's possible you have a solenoid problem, but if you just had it rebuilt, I highly recommend bringing it back to the shop that did the repairs. I'm sure you paid out some good money to have that done and the vehicle is still not fixed. I recommend putting it back on the mechanic.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi B. Morre,

      Your RPM's go up and the car will not move very fast or at all.

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      B. Morre 9 days ago

      How do you know when your transmission is slipping bad

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      Terence Hermoso 10 days ago

      Hi Sir Eddie. How are you?

      I have a Hummer H3 with 4L60E automatic transmission. Before the rebuilt of my transmission, everything was alright except for the 4th gear. I hear a very little grinding noise when i step on the gas. So, I immediately sent my car to the mechanic. But after the rebuilt of my transmission, I got a P0894 code (Transmission Component Slipping). All gears are working fine, but everytime when i drive long, my 4th gear is getting lost, and the 1st gear shifts very hard to 2nd gear. So, I have to pull over my car for 30mins to let the engine and the transmission cool down so that the 1st/2nd shift & the 4th gear will work fine again. What do you think is the problem?

      Thank you.

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      Amjad 11 days ago

      hi Ed

      i also happen to get a P0500 VSS code when i scan the vehicle,could it be that the whine and wheez in between gear changes is related to the vss going bad?

      thnx

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      James 13 days ago

      Why do I need to rev the engine to reverse but forward it is normal on my Volvo

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      Eddie Carrara 13 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chris,

      I recommend checking the pickup filter for debris or a cracked o-ring on the filter. It sounds like you are losing pressure inside the pump so start there. Is the fluid level correct?

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      Eddie Carrara 13 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amjad,

      Start by checking the transmission fluid level and condition, the whine noise you hear is most likely the transmission pump.

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      Chris Creech 13 days ago

      I have a 1979 chevy it will pull and shift out when it catches but will only pull for about 1500 feet then stop pullin shut it off and will pull again that far no slippinh

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      Amjad 2 weeks ago

      Hi

      i hope you are well and i really appreciate the good work you are doing here..God bless ya!

      Of late whenever i try to shift from Park to reverse,the car makes a wheezy kinda whine. It doesnt happen when i then try to shift from Neutral to D. The wheezy whine is more noticeable when the engine is cold,if i let it idle for a while the wheezy whine is less noticeable. Also while iam driving it makes the same wheezy whine in the lower gears 1-3 and the transition is kinda late by a few seconds,this happens while iam driving in a very calm manner,it is less noticeable if i press the accelerator down and am driving quicker.

      Any help would be appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brian,

      loss of pump pressure?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sandra,

      Has this ever happened to this vehicle before?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Keith,

      No, the axle splines were probably overheated and discolored, but it would not cause the transmission to slip. Either the fluid level was incorrect or you had a shift solenoid not working properly. Sorry for the late reply.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Irene,

      Sorry so late with my reply. It's possible you have a transmission fluid leak and you are very low on fluid. I would start by checking the transmission fluid level.

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      brian 2 weeks ago

      2008 cts4 owner car is fine but slips outta gear when put into gear sometimes even stalls car ?

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      sandra hinojos 3 weeks ago

      I parked my car put it in park. my drive way is at a steep incline. as soon as I took my foot off the brake it jumped 3 times and the steering and brakes locked

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      Keith 3 weeks ago

      My clutch failed and was replaced a month ago. Guy who fixed it didn't put MTF back in tranny and a week later had to have new transmission put in. The second shop who replaced the transmission told me the axle splines were burnt but axle should be OK, and reused that axle. A couple of hours after picking up the car, the ABS light, traction control light, and check engine light have come on and are staying on. I am also feeling slippage upon rapid acceleration (ie. Entering highway). Called tranny shop and they insist that it is a speed sensor and not the burnt axle splines. I suspect the axle is the problem. Not sure what mechanic meant by burnt splines, but could the axle be the cause of the slippage and ABS codes.

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      Irene Colbert 3 weeks ago

      I have a Nissan Versaa 2014 note. Just noticed last night while putting my foot on the gas pedal my car slips and the while barely driving it races. Sometimes doesn't even want to move usually when I want to use the gas pedal. Please help

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tara,

      First, you need to figure out why the RPM's are high and that may fix the other issue.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Stephanie,

      It sounds like you may have a 3rd gear shift solenoid not working properly. The shift solenoids are on the outside of the transmission, so they are replaceable without removing the transmission.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ahronchai,

      Usually, that is a sign of the filter clogging or the pump losing pressure. I recommend checking the transmission fluid level and condition first.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Katie,

      It sounds like you have an electrical problem, it could be the computer or an electronic shift solenoid, I don't think you need a complete transmission.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dillon,

      Most likely you have either a bent shift fork or first gear synchro is worn. Both are internal transmission problems.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dennis,

      Sometimes the type of brake fluid can cause shit quality issues. Have you ever had the transmission fluid changed with a fluid that is not compatible with your transmission?

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      Tara VanRijs 4 weeks ago

      My 2010 Ford Ranger Automatic has high RPM and does not want to engage into gear when going into reverse or drive. If i start out in 1 or 2 and then shift to drive it works fine. Any suggestions?

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      Stephanie mitten 4 weeks ago

      Hi, I have a 2003 Honda Accord 3.0 v6 automatic . I've been having issues with 3rd gear, with either it not engaging or being stuck. it use to only happen when i drove it for a few hours during the day but it slowly progressed to automatically. My machanic took it for a test drive and said it needs a new transmission right off the hop and told me they are hard to come by. For some reason I don't believe that's the only option. Could I just need a tranny flush? My brother mentioned a faulty tranny chip/ sensor? My car is sending the code for pedal positioning sensor D but I replaced that and it didn't help. Could it be faulty wiring ?

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      Ahronchai 4 weeks ago

      Hi Eddi,

      While I am driving in drive position my car slowly changes into neutral. It says it is in drive but it is in neutral. It stays like that until I stop the car out it into park position and restart the car after letting it sit off for a minute. I don't know what is wrong with it. It is a 1993 Sc400. Please help me thanks

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      Katie 4 weeks ago

      Ok so we were having problems with the transmission randomly not shifting gears. We just had the whole transmission flushed and all new fluid put in. Unfortunately it’s doing it again. However, when I turn car off and restart it, it does not do it. It’s so odd not sure if it could be the computer or if we need a whole new transmission. There is only 78,000 miles on the vehicle.

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      Dillon 4 weeks ago

      My cars slipping out of first gear back into Nuteral it doesn't do this everytime only every so often when slips back makes loud noise car is a manual and only had the clutch done about 10 months ago anyone have any ideas what might be wrong?

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      Dennis Jenkins 4 weeks ago

      Yes...

      Every once in a while ..when at a stop I hit the gas pedal and it goes into first hard it only does it so often I've had transmission checked out fluid is good no leaks on ground once it goes there is no other issues trany works fine after it does that I had it check with the diagnostic check and it shows nothing wrong with trany..I don't know what else to do have had 3 people check out it never does it for them ..could use any advice you might have

      Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Anna,

      Nice description :) I don't think it's the computer because you said that when you replaced the fluid the first time something changed. If it was the computer, nothing would have changed no matter how many time you replaced the fluid. I think you may have an internal flow problem, but I'm not sure if it's caused by a solenoid or a blockage. I recommend bringing it to your transmission specialist for a look. Let me know what they say, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daniel,

      What condition is the fluid in? Is it clean and pink? Or is it dark and dirty? Have you ever had a transmission fluid change?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mick,

      Sounds like you may have blown the third gear clutch pack inside the transmission. If you have a transmission specialist in town, I recommend getting some advice from them first.

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      Mick 4 weeks ago

      Hi, i have an old bedford cf ambulance with auto box,while driving it the other day i came to a small bridge when it went into top gear [3rd] i lost power and the box started slipping, dropped it to 2nd and all was ok till going into 3rd again.

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      Daniel 5 weeks ago

      Hi, ive got a 2008 Ford Focus SE automatic trans, and it does something of the sort. It is just way too loud. It will only over revv when changing between the first 3 gears, and that isnt every single time but more often than not. Once it hits 4th gear it is fine, works fine. Ive checked the fluid, ive recently changed my thermostat, i just cant put my finger on it. My dad told me he thought it sounded like the solenoids. Idk why but i feel like its the throttle sticking and ive wouldve already checked these out on my own but being its a car im unformal with, i keep my hands to myself. Could you give any insight or an opinion perhaps?

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      Anna 5 weeks ago

      2004 Ford Freestar V6-238 3.9L - 68,000 miles

      Intermittent problems. Sometimes happens. Sometimes doesn't.

      Premature shifting from 1st to 2nd. Quick into 2nd.

      Hard sift into 2nd. Jerks.

      Reverse doesn't engage, car feels like it's in netural, stepping on gas, rpm increase, delay then jerks into reverse.

      Tranny fluid never low.

      Repairs - changed transmission fliud $ 115.00

      Seamed to improve. Felt better. Didn't last.

      Back to same issues.....

      Mechanic says not likely tranny, but could be computer.

      Repair - removal and installation of powertrain control module. [Re-manfactured unit] $856.47 parts & labor

      Problem still exists.

      Removal of Re-manfactured unit, re-install orginal module. Refund $769.26

      Mechanic charged $87.21 for all his efforts.

      Summary: my mechanic consulted a tranny specialist. His recommendation was not to use Re-manfactured module. New module $1,300.00 +. My mechanic is punting...

      I have a reputable tranny mechanic. My next option is to give him this mess.

      I'd like your advise.

      P.S. previous Ford recall #12V006000 Troque Converter completed years ago.

      Thank you Anna - Cleveland, Oh

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Robin,

      Any time a vehicle with an automatic or CVT transmission is parked on an incline or decline, it puts a lot of pressure on the internal park gear, one way to releive the pressure in the transmission in this type of situation is to apply the parking brake before putting the transmission into park, then put the transmission back into gear before you release the parking brake to take off. Hope this helps.

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      Robin 5 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie, Can you help me understand my problem, I have an Allion 1.8 which has a cvt system.So I was experiencing a transmission slip like, changed the transmission fluid but problen doesnt resolve.There is no delay or problematic transmission while driving, but there is a lot of jerky wheels clinging slipping like sound whenever the car is put from P to R or P to D, and this happens while my car is parked on a uphill or downhill only.Please help me sort what might the problem be.Thanks a lot.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi AMR,

      If the water is deep enough to get the clutch wet it could cause it to slip temporarily.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pablo,

      Have you checked the transmission fluid level and condition?

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      AMR 6 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Nice and informative article. Just one question, I experienced the same clutch slip today with burning smell. I was on a inch to inch traffic for 3-4 hours but along with I had to drive through water clogged areas as well.

      So my question is will driving through water clogged area can cause clutch slip?

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      Pablo Vazquez 6 weeks ago

      Well, the car brakes works great, but I feel transmission is kind of slipping making engine rpm increase easily with the car berely moving. Any idea of what could it be?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pablo,

      The vehicle should move or creep a little when in gear. Is it difficult to hold the car at a stop when the brakes are applied?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Auroraar,

      It all depends on what happened or what failed in the transmission. Do you know what the problem is?

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      Pablo Vazquez 6 weeks ago

      Hey hi Eddie, I just bought a 2001 bmw 330i and the Engine starts but once put it in drive or reverse it moves at idle, what do you think is the problem.

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      auroraar@yahoo.com 6 weeks ago

      Hello I have a Nissan Murano 2005 about 1 month ago I had a rebuilt motor put into my car now my transmission just gave out there was no leaks at all could this be fault of the machanc

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tanya,

      Is this an automatic or standard transmission?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dan,

      It sounds to me like a clutch issue. If there was no fluid in the clutch mater, you would never be able to release the clutch, and if the 90w oil is low, that would be lack of lubrication and maybe some noise or overheating of the transmission. I think your pressure plate or clutch disc is damaged.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lee,

      How's the transmission fluid level and condition? Have you ever had the fluid changed along with the filter?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Carl,

      Do you know what codes were stored in the computer? The codes will direct you to what is causing the problem. It is possible it's the transmission or engine. Let me know if you know the codes.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Abhilash,

      Is the check engine light on? Is there a transmission warning light illuminated?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jamie,

      If the transmission is missing 3rd and OD, it will either need to be diagnosed or replaced. It may be worth getting an expert opinion from a transmission shop, usually, in about 1-2 hours of diagnosis, they can explain to you what is wrong and what needs to be done to fix it.

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      Jamie H. 7 weeks ago

      I have a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE Auto.

      When i start it when cold it makes sort of a grinding noise and usually stalls once or twice and then runs smooth. The noise sounds like a whirling grinding sound.

      Also the transmission shifts smooth from 1st to 2nd after that it slips and revs but never makes it to 3rd or OD. When driving or idling and even revving there are no noises and the idle is smooth.

      Do you think it's time for s new transmission?

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      Abhilash 7 weeks ago

      Hi there, I have been in a trouble to find out the problem with my car. My car make is Nissan Sunny 1.6. I have a problem with the automatic transmission. Whenever I stop my car at signal or whatever, gears do not change from 1st (D) to 2nd. To solve this problem, I have to completely stop my car, switch off the engine, wait for some while then start again. I even can not accelerate my car rapidly from 0 kilometers to so on because I fear about getting stuck of gears. Please help me out from this problem. I went to mechanic but even he did not find anything because this problem happens not regularly. It happens specially when I completely stop my car to 0 Kilometers. Thanks!

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      Carl mcintosh 8 weeks ago

      Hi there I recently had a transmission job done to my car (dodge minivan) but at the pick up on completion the mechanic said that the car wasn't running at full power and not showing up on the companies diagnosis comms

      And that I should sort that out right away, anyway I drove the car lightly for seven days then on the first real drive from the airport the transmission slipped right out and triggered on the cars limp home mode, when I sent the car back to the transmisincenter they are saying that the engine is the problem which is blowing the gearbox but before sending the car back to them an independent mechanic came to my house with the correct diagnosis equipment for the car and simply cleared all the error codes and the car was back to full power but I got no answer from the transmission Center when I told them to try this. So the question I face is ...can the engine blow the gearbox or have they simply got the wrong comms whic won't bring the car back to full life and power

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      Lee 8 weeks ago

      I have a 06 ram truck it has 10000 miles it slips sometimes when I stop but does fine all the other times what could it be

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      Dan 8 weeks ago

      Recently purchased 94 Ford Mazda pick-up. Starts up great but after running about 15 minutes the straight transmission won't catch. As soon as it finally catches it jumps forward big time, usually stalling the engine. The engine runs well when driving but my problem is the clutch won't catch. I found a 1/2 of fluid in the clutch master cylinder so I replaced fluid with 3 Dot brake fluid as directed. This did not correct my problem. Could it be the 90 wt fluid in the transmission itself that is low? I bought a quart of 90 wt the other day for it but rather wait for more advice. I'm not able to walk very far due to nerve damage from my strokes so I need to fix this. I'm a fair mechanic but know when to stop and ask questions first. Thanks

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      Tanya 8 weeks ago

      i have a 2004 Ford Escape the car starts just fine but sometimes when taking off accelerates very slowly in 1st gear the engine just revs up but when you reach about 20mph it will catch & accelerate fine. Other times it will take off fine but when turning a corner it will do the same revs up no acceleration

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      Lambert 2 months ago

      Hello

      Please i use a honda accord 2007 model

      The shaft was changed and the transmission oil was short

      I toped it up and when i drove it after wards the steering was hard and the car quenched on the road

      When i got home i observed the engine was hot. What might be the problem

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      Michael 2 months ago

      I have a Ford Focus and as I was driving down the road my accelerator lost its power and my car was just revving but my rpms wasn't going up, could this be a driveshaft issue, as i was towed back home I had to move my car into a parking space and my car was working normally again, what could the reasons be?

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      Mel.R 2 months ago

      I have a 2001 GMC sierra 2wd.. About a month ago i noticed that when you pull out from.a stop sign or light it would stay in low gear for an extended amount of time and the rpms would go up to 3 and if you ease off the accelerator it would change gears.. I replaced everything from the valve body down, all shift selinoids, fluid, filter, speed sensor...ect... Its been two weeks and I have just driven it waiting for the transmission to go out and for the past two days it has driven and shifted like a brand new truck.. I'm in shock and also curious as to what this could have been in case it happens again....thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Phil,

      If the clutch is slipping, your vehicle will lose speed and the rpm's will rise at the same time you lose speed. I'm not sure about the turbo losing pressure, that would be a separate issue.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Danny,

      I recommend checking the fluid level and condition first. It sounds like you're losing pressure inside the transmission, this could be cause by either a clogged filter, broken o-ring, or faulty solenoid.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ana,

      I highly recommend you take it back to the shop that did the repair, seems to me that they didn't fix your problem and you probably paid them a lot of money for the repair. I recommend you have them fix it at no charge now.

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      Phil S Max 2 months ago

      Hi

      We own a Ford S Max 57 plate. It has done 152,000 and has been a great servant. We think the clutch is stating to slip which is our first clutch so not surprising. We just had it serviced and MOT and the garage said it was starting to slip but we also have a loss of power so we accelerate and there is a delay in speed picking up which is getting worse. It failed its emissions test so we had a terra clean service and that is now fine but has not resolved the power issue. However, the garage where we had the terra clean service done said "you know that loss of power you mentioned - well you have a slipping clutch" which they noticed when they took it for a test drive. To add further the garage that did the MOT said that diagnostics had picked up an issue with loss of turbo pressure but they couldn't find anything like a split hose or such. I am now in two minds as to whether to have the clutch replaced and see if that resolves the issue. Have you any recommendations?

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      LEBEUS AIPINGE 2 months ago

      i have a Runx automatic transmission and gear 4 and 5 starts slipping off and the rev is running up and down what could be the problem ? please help

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      Kristine 2 months ago

      Hi, I'm ok with cars, better than my husband. The transmission starting slipping (automatic) and he took the car in. A few days later I asked where the car was and he said getting a new transmission (used), 75,000 miles 2010 dodge??? I asked why and he said that's what they did. I felt bad because everyone knows I'm better at the "guy" things than him. The car returned and when I drove it I immediately noticed it was not in gear .He took it back now it's running on 3 cylinders?? It's a new shop and I think we got an unnecessary transmission swap. Could it of been the cylinders from the beginning? Transmission fluid was flushed I believe a week or two prior but was already slipping. I should have taken over but I let him handle it. They have had our car for almost 3 weeks! Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Thomas,

      Sounds like the shift solenoid for 2nd gear is sticking and may need to be replaced.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Carlos,

      Did you change the engine oil or transmission fluid? When you say sleeps, is it slipping? Is this an automatic or standard transmission? Is the check engine light on?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Annie,

      Did you check the transmission fluid level and condition yet?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      It may not have been the transmission. Did the check engine light come on?

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      Thomas audet 2 months ago

      Chevy trans doesn't shift from 2nd to drive until over 45 not low on fluid manual shift works okay

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi AC IT Guy,

      The AC and trans have no connection so I'm not sure what is happening in your situation.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Aquamahn,

      A shudder could be caused by a lot of different problems, it could be the torque converter, shift solenoid, clutch pressure switch, etc... I recommend having the BMW service department or a specialty shop take a look at it.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Fernando,

      How does the engine sound? Do you hear any hissing? Is the check engine light or any other warning light illuminated on the dash?

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      fernando bachini 3 months ago

      Sir,,I have Honda civic 98,,,rev is ok but when shifting to higher gear such as 2nd or third gear,,wont reach the desired speed,,please help..

      thanks

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      Carlos 3 months ago

      Hi I have a 2001 montero sport es 2wd.

      A have a problem in my transmission in 3 and 4 shift, it sleeps.

      I just change the oil and it doin it again.

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      Annie Sahagun 3 months ago

      I have a 1991 Honda Accord don't get reverse my gears slip after driving 2blocks won't go until I wait awhile

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      lisa curran 3 months ago

      good morning, I have a 2000 ford focus with 120k miles. I was driving yesterday and at about 20mph it wouldnt shift, it reved but wouldnt go any faster. I limped it home, a few hours later i drove it again just to see (this has never happened before) and it was fine?? I even got on a state road and above 4omph? What should i do? Take it to a shop or see if it happens again? Also checked fluid a s soon as I got home the first time not low, doesn't smell "burnt" even a nice pinkish color! Can a transmission slip only once or am I in denial? Thanks

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      Reagon 3 months ago

      Okay i have a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 automatic transmission. I have lost 2nd gear ,Drive, and it rolls when i put it in park i also have to start it in neutral it wont start in park. i know its internal damage im just wondering what exactly it might be

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      bonnie 3 months ago

      we have a 93 pontiac grand am it slips from 3rd down to 2nd, we had the filter and fluid changed , can you tellme what it might be

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      AC IT Guy 3 months ago

      What could cause the transmission to slip, or the motor to rev up and sound like the transmission is slipping when the AC is turned on. The transmission is fine any time other than when the AC is on. Anything I need to check?

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      Josh chaney 3 months ago

      I have a 05 grand caravan 3.8 trans shifts hard from 1st to 2nd but only ever once in a while??

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      Andy 3 months ago

      I have a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. The transmission seems fine until you turn on the AC. Then in 1st and 2nd gear it seems the transmission is slipping and will not pull properly. It is perfectly fine until you turn on the AC. Any ideas what may be causing this?

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      aquamahn 3 months ago

      My auto tranny (330xi BMW)shudders between 2nd and third gears on acceleration. Not the drive shaft or the support bearings . Have had fluid changed . Still happens, any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michael,

      When a transmission has a hard time going into gear or it pops out of gear, it's a sign of worn synchros or bent shift forks. Both of these parts are serviceable by removing and disassembling the transmission only. this is a job for a transmission shop. Hope this helps and sorry for the bad news. Let me know if you have more questions.

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      Michael Price 3 months ago

      I have a 2001 Hyundai Elantra GLS. It has a hydraulic clutch. I just replaced the slaven cylinder I have bled it and clutch as well. I cant figure out why I cant get it to go into 4th and 5th gear. 1, 2 and 3rd are okay but it will just grind when try to out into 4th and 5th. Its almost like something is missing. When I finally find 4th gear and get it in within minutes it will pop back out. Really need some help on this..... thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Frank,

      I'm not really sure, but it sounds like you have a problem with fuel, is this carburated? Does the engine idle properly? What exactly happens?

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      Frank Jones 3 months ago

      I have a 1999 Dodge Dakota 5 speed, it works fine in winter, but stops pulling when weather gets hot, why.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jo,

      It sounds like it's an internal problem, like the valve body or something. It may be a good idea to have someone at a transmission specialty shop take a test drive.

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      Jo 4 months ago

      Hi,

      I have a 1989 Gmc jimmy. I was driving at around 40-45 miles an hour when the transmission dropped down a few gears. No check engine light, no fluids on the ground, it didn't overheat. I came to a stop then drove again it was fine until a certain point then it dropped again. Any idea?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Christine,

      I recommend having the fluid and filter changed first. Your transmission could be low on fluid, the screen could be clogged, or the rubber o-rings may be damaged on the pick-up screen. Let me know what you decide to do, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi CED1969,

      The mechanic will pull a code from the computer and it should give them an idea of what went wrong, it could be a lot of things, but most likely a coil or spark plug. Let me know what the code is and I can tell you what the most likely problem is.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Suzie,

      Have you checked the transmission fluid level yet?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Maude,

      I recommend checking the coolant first, if it's low, you'll need to find the leak. The engine got hot which tells me that your coolant is possibly low.

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      Christine 4 months ago

      I have a 2003 Dodge Caravan. My transmission slips into neutral when I first start it up in the morning, when braking hard, and when making U-turns. After it warms up, it drives fine, unless a sudden hard brake, or, while raining and doing a U-turn. It has never slammed into a lower gear, only into neutral. Is there a solution other than rebuilding the trannie? Thanks!

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      ced1969 4 months ago

      Hello. Yesterday morning I had the oil changed on my 2002 Honda Accord (manual trans). It's an old car and has 112K miles on it but has driven just fine until last night. I was in 5th gear on the interstate, heading up a hill and all of a sudden I lost significant power and my check engine light flashed three or four times and turned off. I downshifted to fourth and had no issues. Later that night I was in 3rd going about 40, again up a decent grade, and I started to hear a clicking sound (maybe gears slipping?), again lost power and had to downshift to 2nd. It wasn't perfect but it was way better than the power I had in 3rd. No check engine light that time though. I'm taking it in to the dealer tomorrow but am hoping for some advance insight if you are able to speculate. Thank you!

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      Suzie 4 months ago

      2012 Chevy colardo will not move in reverse unless flooring the gas pedal and hesitates when you are making a turn inside a garage