Fall and winter are the times of the year that all drivers strive to make sure that their cars are working at maximum efficiency in order to reduce the chance of a cold weather breakdown. Many drivers prepare by stocking up on anti-freeze, getting new tires and chains, etc. However, while you are making your pre-cold weather check, now is a good time to make sure that your transmission is working at peak efficiency and one of the most common and vexing problems a transmission can have is when it “slips.” There are many reasons that a transmission can begin to slip. Whatever is behind your transmission slipping, it can mean some serious troubles ahead and may even lead to having to buy a rebuilt transmission. Let’s talk a little bit about what it means for a transmission to slip.

What is a slipping transmission?

Whether you have an automatic or a manual transmission you may, at some times, have experienced these signs when driving: Your car unexpectedly switching gears while you are driving, your gears do not shift smoothly, or when shifting from park to drive there is a delay. All of these are potential signs of a transmission that is slipping. So what does it mean to have transmission slip? A slipping transmission unusually means that the clutch bands that grip your gears don’t have the force to grip on them tightly enough. Eventually the bands may not move the gears at all.

What causes transmissions to slip?

The causes of a slipping transmission vary. They are not all dire in nature but none of them should be ignored for too long. Some common causes of a slipping transmission are:

  • Low fluid levels
  • Burnt transmission fluid
  • Transmission fluid leak
  • Worn or broken transmission bands
  • Worn out gears
  • Solenoid problems

What can be done about a slipping transmission?

Many of the causes of a slipping transmission, as stated earlier, are in and of themselves not serous However, if you procrastinate and do not have the problem addressed promptly it could potentially lead to you having to have your entire transmission replaced or rebuilt. Whatever causes your transmission to slip, it is not recommended that you continue to drive while it is doing so. If you are driving this may lead to your car shifting into different gears without warning causing damage to your vehicle and endangering your safety. You should contact us at Mr. Transmissions, if you experience the signs of a slipping transmission as our experts are skilled at diagnosing the causes and at suggesting solutions.