Why Is My Car Shaking When It Shifts Gears?

If you are automobile is shaking or vibrating when the automatic transmission shifts gears, this is a sign that there is a problem with the transmission. York Tire & Auto Service can help. We are auto service and repair experts in we can inspect your transmission to see what is wrong. Shaking during the gear shifts is just one sign that your transmission is going out. Here are other signs.

Burning Odors

Hot or burning odors coming from underneath your automobile are a bad sign. This can indicate that the transmission is overheating. The transmission might be overheating because the fluid levels are too low or because it is breaking down in some other fashion. Regardless, it’s not safe to drive your automobile when you can smell hot odors coming from underneath it or from the engine.

Leaking Fluid

If your automobile is leaking transmission fluid, you will see the spots on the garage floor toward the center of your car, truck, or utility vehicle. Transmission fluid can leak out of the system from many places, including gaskets and hoses. It’s important to have the transmission fluid leak fixed as soon as possible. Otherwise, you risk damaging the transmission further.

Shifting Trouble

One key sign that your transmission is having problems is gear shifting trouble. For example, you may not be able to get your vehicle to go into gear. It may fight you and refuse to do so. This is a sign of serious transmission problems. The transmission may also refuse to shift through the gear cycle or it may slip out of gear. When this happens, your vehicle goes into neutral even though you are in motion.

Strange Sounds

Strange sounds can also be an indicator that your transmission needs to be repaired. You should never hear anything other than the change in the engine RPMs when the transmission shifts gears. You shouldn’t hear clunking, grinding, humming, or squealing. You definitely shouldn’t hear humming when your vehicle is in neutral, either. These are signs that your transmission needs immediate service.

Check Engine Warning

Finally, all of these symptoms will be accompanied by an illuminated check engine light on your vehicle’s dashboard. This is the engine control module, your automobile’s main computer chip, telling you that there’s a problem with the transmission.

We’ve got you covered here at York Tire & Auto Service in Red Lion, PA, so give us a call today. We can inspect your vehicle’s transmission and service or repair it if necessary.

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