When you’re looking to buy a used car, truck or SUV, the transmission should be one of the first items you inspect. Responsible for effectively transferring energy from the engine to your tires, without a healthy transmission, you probably won’t be going far.
At Faulkner Auto Group, our service team is committed to providing useful information to keep you safe and happy on the road. That’s why we created this simple-to-use guide on how to check a used car transmission.
Continue reading to learn more and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!
How Do I Check an Automatic Transmission?
If you’re like most drivers in the US, you probably either currently drive or are considering a used car that uses an automatic transmission. Automatic transmissions take the guesswork out of shifting gears, allowing you more time to focus on the drive ahead.
When inspecting a used car with an automatic transmission, you should keep a close eye out for three serious issues including:
- Gear Slippage. The result of either low fluid levels or worn out gears, common symptoms include: sudden acceleration/deceleration, inability to reverse, and RPMs over 3,500 while traveling at low speeds.
- Grinding or Harsh Noises. A healthy transmission is generally quiet, so if you notice a loud clunk or grinding metal sound when you switch, it’s a good sign the transmission needs service.
- Delayed Engagement/Lurching. The change from park to drive or reverse should feel seamless. If when you pull on the shift knob it takes the vehicle a moment to respond, or it begins to lurch forward, your transmission has a potentially serious issue.
How Do I Check a Continuously Variable Transmission?
The second most popular transmission type on the roads today, a continuously variable transmission or “CVT” are most often found on newer models. Unlike an automatic or manual transmission, a CVT relies on a series of pulleys to send power to the wheels instead of gears.
Despite its non-traditional design, a CVT can still cause issues without proper maintenance. When performing a test drive, make sure to take note of any whining or strange rattling from underneath the vehicle. A worn CVT also might rattle or violently jerk when it’s in need of service.
How Do I Check a Manual Transmission?
Popular among vehicles with performance-driven engines, a manual transmission allows drivers greater control over their driving experience. Manual transmissions also tend to consume less fuel, making them great options for those looking to extend their time between fuel-ups.
When inspecting a used car with a manual transmission, you’ll want to primarily focus on the condition of the clutch. A worn or broken clutch will often slip when accelerating or engage too quickly after depressing it.
Schedule Transmission Service Today!
To be certain your future investment is set up for years of enjoyment, place your trust into the hand of our highly-skilled technicians and service pros at Faulkner Auto Group.
Not only can they quickly identify any potential issues with your used car’s transmission, but they’ll also provide a high level of service to get you back on the road in no time. To get started, simply stop by, call or go online to schedule an appointment today!