Minor transmission problems may not seem like an urgent matter, at least until the issue worsens. When that happens, a minor fix quickly turns into a costly and involved repair. Knowing the early warning signs of transmission issues will stop developing problems before you need an extensive semi-truck repair.
The Transmission is Grinding
Grinding noises in any part of a vehicle is never a good sign, especially when it’s from the transmission. If you hear grinding, it’s likely one of two problems, and neither is good.
The first problem may be with the transmission fluid. That fluid is essential to keep the transmission parts lubricated so they can move smoothly. If the fluid is low and not from a lack of topping up, there may be a leak. Address leaks quickly to avoid other problems developing, like the fluid seeping into other parts of the vehicle.
A second reason for grinding may be that cracks have developed in the gears. Cracks can quickly become dangerous and lead to much more costly repairs. Because cracks can develop for different reasons, there may also be another underlying problem at hand. If you suspect a crack, have a professional handle the heavy truck repair.
Shifting Is Rough
Unlike a lack of transmission fluid, if your drivers find shifting is rough and jerky, it’s likely clogged fluid. Like any other fluid in a vehicle, transmission fluid eventually gets dirty from wear and use.
For example, if you see the fluid is dark or darkens faster than normal – there is excess wear happening. In that case, the dirty fluid becomes clogged and doesn’t work correctly. The result is difficult or jerky shifting that needs to be cleared by a professional semi-truck repair.
A hard-to-shift transmission is also a problem, but a transmission that slips into gears unexpectedly is extremely dangerous. While it is a rarer problem, there’s nothing quite so alarming as a gear changing by itself. It might be that the gears shift into neutral while sitting idle, or it might happen while driving. In either case, continuing to drive with slipping gears should never happen. If you’re on the road, then pull over right away and call for professional help. Just remember, Motorplex has shops in Auburn and Spokane, and we offer mobile onsite repairs.
A burning smell is another major warning sign. Burning related to the transmission could lead to rapid deterioration, failure of parts, or permanent vehicle damage. Like most transmission repairs, this is not a DIY job, even with an inspection. It’s safer to pull over, call a professional and let them handle the repairs.
Need semi-truck repair or just a preventative inspection? We have Motorplex shops in Auburn and Spokane and offer roadside repairs when needed. When you need us for heavy truck repair, we are just a call away.
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On-site repair services are not just limited to tractor-trucks and trailers. Motorplex’s technicians are trained and experienced working with all makes and models, extending from light-duty pickups, medium-duty transporters, and the heavy-duty trucks too. From oil changes to extensive repairs, we can take care of that for you in our Auburn and Spokane shops, or wherever you need us to go for on-site repairs.
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