Signs That Your Gearbox is Failing

 
When things are going wrong with your vehicle, it isn’t always immediately obvious. The warning signs can be subtle and you’d hardly be alone in ignoring an odd feeling or a slightly different noise. However, even the smallest of changes could be a sign that your gearbox is failing and in need of gearbox repairs. If you aren’t sure what to look out for, take a look at the most common signs, below.

It Just Feels Different

If you drive your car regularly, chances are you’ll be able to tell if something just doesn’t feel right. While it can be tempting to pass it off as nothing, having your vehicle checked by a professional is always the best way to make sure that nothing more serious is going on. You know your car better than anyone, so the chances are that if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Getting this checked early can be the difference between a repair and a full gearbox replacement.

There’s A Burning Smell

Any time your car is emitting a burning smell, it’s time to get it checked, even if it seems to ‘go away’. If the burning smell is coming from your gearbox, this can be a sign of anything from low or ‘dirty’ transmission fluid, to a grinding gearbox that needs attention immediately. If the burning smell isn’t coming from your gearbox, it’s still time to take it in for a check to fix whatever is giving off the scent.

There’s An Unusual Sound

While cars can be noisy, any vehicle that’s giving off unusual sounds should be checked. Whining and clunking, in particular, are both the most common, but also the most ignored signs of there being something wrong. Any time your car starts making a sound that isn’t normal, it’s time to take the car in for a check or to call a mechanic for advice if you’re concerned about driving it at all.

You Cant Engage Your Car

Whether you’re struggling to get the car into gear or it seems to be delayed in switching even after the stick is in place, this can be a clear sign that something just isn’t right. Gearboxes are designed to offer an instant response when used, so delays or a lack of response at all is an obvious concern. Don’t drive your vehicle if this is happening - get in touch with a trusted mechanic to pick up your vehicle for a check.

There Is A Grinding Sensation

We all know that horrible grinding sound when the gear doesn’t quite go into place properly. In once-in-a-blue-moon cases, this can be human error but when you’re hearing grinding or feeling the sensation regularly, this can be a sign of a worn-out clutch or in some cases, a worn-out synchroniser. For automatic vehicles, this won’t be as obvious, but can still be picked up with a rough shift, rather than a smooth or unnoticeable one.

Your Car Is Noisy In Neutral

If your car is noisy even when your gearbox is sitting in neutral, this can be a sign that something isn’t quite right. If the noise is a ‘bumping’ sound, it could be that you need to change or top up the oil, but if you’re unsure, it’s always best to visit a garage to make sure that it’s nothing too pressing to worry about.

You Have A Fluid Leak

If your oil is inexplicably low or you’ve noticed liquid underneath your vehicle while it’s stationary, you could have a fluid leak which may also be a sign that you need to get your car checked. A fluid leak is one of the easiest-to-spot signs that something isn’t quite right and it’s always best to get it checked out regardless.

While it can be easy to fall into the habit of ignoring the smaller signs of an issue, getting your gearbox or entire car checked out if something doesn’t seem quite right can save your car. A faulty gearbox is not only detrimental to your vehicle but if it goes wrong while you’re driving, can be a health and safety hazard to anyone else on the road. 
 
For information about gearbox repairs and servicing at Service4Service, feel free to get in touch, today.
Signs That Your Gearbox is Failing Signs That Your Gearbox is Failing Reviewed by Robyn on Monday, August 24, 2020 Rating: 5

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