5 Transmission Problems Not to Ignore

Cars are intricate, complex machines that usually offer some warning signs when something is not going right. It is important to not ignore those signs when you have an automatic transmission, and get your car looked at by a specialist immediately. Here are five warning signs of transmission problems to never ignore.

  1. Transmission Slipping

When driving, if you hear a pitch change for no apparent reason as your car shifts gear, your transmission may be slipping. Often times you can sense when your car is struggling to accelerate and feels under powered. If you have any sense of this happening, get your car checked by a professional.

  1. Transmission Fluid Leaks

If you notice any type of leak spots in your garage or driveway, it could mean a leaky transmission. A way to be sure is to place a piece of cardboard on the ground under your engine and determine if the fluid is a reddish color. If the answer is yes, visit your auto shop right away.

  1. Transmission Rough Shifts

Your gear changing should be smooth and seamless. If you are changing the gears in your car and it is not as smooth when it shifts, it could mean something is wrong with the transmission.

  1. Transmission Delayed Engagement

When you shift out of “park” and into “drive”, a delay occurs if there is something wrong with the transmission. You’ll notice the delay when you would expect the car to start moving as you give it some gas.

  1. Transmission Warning Light

A warning light does not always mean something is wrong. A car’s system is a complex computer that may be having a malfunction. But a warning light in combination with other warning signs and indicators that your car is acting abnormal, could mean that you have a transmission problem. Any time your “check engine” light comes on, it is important to have it diagnosed by a professional just to be safe.


A faulty transmission will cause many problems to your car. Some that are very noticeable and some that aren’t quite as obvious. If you are noticing any of these signs, it is imperative to have it looked at by an expert. None of these problems are normal to experience in your car and in most cases, the longer you wait to have your car problems fixed, the worse they get!

To maintain an operational transmission, you should change transmission fluid regularly. This is one of the most basic car maintenance tasks. You should keep track of the fluid level and put more in when it gets too low. Many car owners do not realize that you also need to change the transmission fluid entirely. This is a more substantial job, but luckily it does not need to be done very often. At TransWorks, we can offer the transmission repair in Madison you need.

How Often You Should Change the Transmission Fluid

There are varying reports of how long you should wait between transmission fluid changes. This is because the best amount of time to wait actually varies depending on several aspects, such as the way you drive, the size of your vehicle, and whether it is manual or automatic. Generally, manual cars need the fluid changed more often, and lots of city driving with its constant stop-and-go may make the transmission fluid deteriorate faster. The general recommendation is to have the fluid changed either once every 50,000 miles or every other year, whichever comes first. Your car’s manual might have a more specific recommendation.

Signs to Look for

Although it is rare, sometimes problems may arise that signal a needed fluid change, regardless of the regular maintenance schedule. If you notice any of these signs, seek transmission service in Madison immediately:

  • A grinding noise when shifting gears
  • The gears slipping or difficulty shifting
  • The vehicle surges forward or backwards
  • There is a movement delay after shifting

These are all signs that the transmission fluid is low or dirty. You should check the level immediately, and if it is not low, then it is time to have it changed. You can count on us to take care of your transmission in Madison. Give us a call at 608-742-5136 or request an appointment.

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 5 Symptoms of Low Transmission Fluid

Keeping an eye on your transmission fluid is vital to a well-maintained vehicle. Otherwise, you could end up paying for transmission shipping and replacement. If you notice any of the following signs when driving, it’s time to take a look under the hood.



Transmission fluid is responsible for transferring engine power to the transmission, which means that if you’re low on fluid, you’re not going to be able to shift gears effectively. This can manifest as “slipping,” when your vehicle enters a higher gear, only to fall back out. Your shifts may also be erratic or accompanied by a grinding noise.


The second purpose of transmission fluid is to absorb heat generated by your car’s moving parts. Low fluid means heat gets trapped in your car’s inner workings, which can result in damage such as the following:

  • Hardened seals
  • Varnish on metal parts
  • Slipping transmission bands and clutches
  • Transmission failure

Signs of overheating include smoke and a burnt smell. If you notice either of these signs, you need to pull over immediately. Continuing to drive can further the damage and have you considering rebuilt transmissions.

Delayed Gear Shifting

You may need to top off your fluid if you notice a distinct pause before gear transition when changing between Reverse and Drive. Hydraulic pressure is responsible for producing this shift and low fluid means low pressure.

You may also notice a “hard” shift when driving. This stems from the same issue, resulting in a lurching or rough gear engagement when changing speeds.


If you have a leak, you may notice marks on your driveway. Transmission fluid should be a bright red color and usually smells sweet. However, if your levels are low, the remaining fluid may be dark or smell burnt as a consequence of absorbing heat. If you notice either of these signs, you need to have the issue addressed right away.

No Shifting

One of the worst scenarios you may encounter is your car simply refuses to shift gears. This indicates that there’s no fluid left and may be resolved by filling your reservoir. However, you should still have your vehicle checked, as it may have suffered internal damage.

If you’ve fixed any leaks and refilled your transmission fluid, but your car still exhibits these issues, it’s likely time for a replacement. Trans Work Transmission can help you get your vehicle back into shape by shipping a rebuilt, new or wholesale transmission to replace your failed machinery. Find out more by calling us at 608-742-5136 or going online.

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When you are trying to select the right transmission type, you will have an abundance of options. At TransWorks Transmissions, we are experts on refurbished and remanufactured transmissions. We are here to help whether you are seeking a wholesale purchase for resale or searching for a transmission retailer for your own car. We specialize in transmission shipping (they’re heavy), and we can walk you through every step of the ordering process. Here we will briefly go over some of the different types of transmissions you may not be familiar with and provide information that will help you determine which one is right for you.

Recently Developed Auto Transmissions

Three basic kinds of automatic transmissions are currently popular on the market. Depending on your driving habits and common road conditions on which you drive, one of the broad types will likely be better suited for your needs.

  1. Automated Manual: This type is similar to a conventional manual transmission. The significant difference is that they employ computer circuitry to engage the clutch automatically when gears require changing.
  2. Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT): CVTs use a belt to give a wide array of gear choices depending on the driving conditions. These transmissions can accelerate quickly, but they cannot deliver a substantial amount of power.
  3. Dual-Clutch: An advanced form of the automated manual, the dual-clutch arrangement allows this transmission type to provide high-performance shifting while delivering smooth operation and better fuel efficiency.

 There are many decisions that you must make when selecting a replacement transmission. With a generalized understanding of the different transmission types, you will be better equipped to choose the right one to suit your or your customer’s needs.

 Let Us Be Your Guide

TransWorks Transmissions is your expert when it comes to procuring the right transmission. If you are planning a DIY job, we can drop ship your rebuilt or refurbished transmission right to your front door. For our pro mechanic friends, we’ll get it directly to your shop. Call us today at 608-742-5136 or contact us online to find out how we can get you moving in the right direction with your transmission repair.