Ideally, your Volvo’s transmission would last the entire life span of your vehicle. That isn’t always the case, though. Unfortunately, sometimes you need transmission repair before you’re ready to retire the car. It’s important to address transmission issues quickly before they worsen or get more expensive.
A well-oiled transmission will give you many years of service. And as a proud Volvo owner, you know how important it is to get a long lifespan out of your vehicle. Taking care of your transmission is a big part of vehicle maintenance. Not sure what’s wrong with your Volvo? Well, we’re here to help. Here are nine top signs that you are in need of Volvo transmission repair.
1. Leaking Fluid
Transmission fluid should be translucent, in a red or pink color. And it will smell sweet. If you see a puddle of fluid on the driveway or garage floor, you should have the car looked at right away. If left unchecked, that leak can lead to more serious damage within your transmission. Anytime a puddle appears under your car, no matter how small, it’s critical that you find the source of the leak and address the root cause.
2. Burning Smell
If your transmission fluid smells or looks burnt or dirty, the unit may need to be repaired. Dirty transmission fluid will look cloudy and dark, giving off an odor of burning. Schedule transmission service soon. This odor is never a good sign. The transmission may need a flush, but it could also signal a bigger problem.
3. Difficult Gear Shifting
If it’s tough to shift into gear or you are having trouble switching between different gears, you may need transmission service. You don’t want to stall out or harm the transmission in any way. Get it looked at sooner rather than later.
4. Grinding or Shaking
If you notice grinding or shaking with your standard transmission, this could signal a worn clutch. You will need quick clutch repair to prevent further damage. This could also have to do with a transmission contaminated with dirt, sludge and grease, says CarsDirect. Check the transmission fluid level while the engine is on to see if the fluid color is bright red rather than black or brown. If the fluid level is OK, you could just need a transmission flush.
This is a problem that frequently affects manual transmissions. This happens when the clutch does not release properly, whereby the shift synchronizer rings inside the transmission have broken or worn down. It could also be due to a shifter wear or adjustment issue. Low, dirty or wrong transmission fluid may also spur problems with manual transmissions.
Clutch Pedal Grabs Low or High
Yet another problem specific to manual transmission is when the clutch pedal grabs very high or very low. If it is engaging very low, this signals a problem with the linkage or hydraulic system responsible for operating the clutch – remedied by a simple adjustment or bleeding as long as there are no hydraulic leaks detected. If, on the other hand, your clutch pedal grabs very high, this is most likely due to a worn-out clutch disc and pressure plate. An adjustment or replacement may be needed.
6. Whining, Clunking or Buzzing Noises
Any time your Volvo makes an unusual sound, you should get it looked at by a trusted mechanic. If you hear whining and clunking noises when in neutral, transmission failure may be imminent.
7. Random Gear Shifts
Does your Volvo shift gears randomly or fall out of gear when you are driving? A failing transmission could be to blame. It could also be due to dirt and sludge in your transmission fluid. This results in a sluggish response, which can cause your car to change gears too quickly or too slowly when driving. Your gears may feel like they are sticking, too. In any case, get it inspected by a mechanic.
8. Vehicle Has No Power
If the Volvo itself has little to no power but the engine is working properly, this may be due to internal transmission problems. Another culprit could be that the brakes are experiencing drag because of a bad caliper or brake hose. And yet another reasons could be that your vehicle’s computer has limited power due to a detected problem – its way of protecting your engine. Have a mechanic check the vehicle for the appropriate codes to determine the problem.
9. The Check Engine Light is On
When this light comes on, it could signal a variety of potential problems, but don’t ignore it. This is how your car tells you there is an issue that could pertain to your transmission. Ignoring it day after day will only lead to the increased possibility of costly repair. Who needs an extra car repair bill when they’re not expecting it?
When it comes to transmission repair, prompt attention to the matter at hand is key, as this can reduce the amount of damage as well as the repair’s price tag. It’s hard to troubleshoot and diagnose problems on your own. Your first inclination after hearing a suspect noise or puddle of fluid may be to ignore it and see if it gets worse.
This is not a good idea, as more damage could be done to the transmission, leading to higher repair costs for you in the end. Finding a trusted mechanic you can rely on is important. You want to know you can trust your go-to professional to quickly, accurately and affordably diagnose the problem and fix it.
Contact Rick and Ray’s Auto Plaza
If you have been having issues with your Volvo’s transmission and suspect you need a repair, make an appointment with us in Fort Worth at 871-335-2073. We can get the job done in a timely, efficient and affordable manner.