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  • Writer's pictureRobert Routt

Symptoms of a Failing Manual Transmission?

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When you drive a car with a manual transmission, you get to enjoy a few advantages that other drivers don't. Compared to drivers with automatic transmissions, you have greater control over your driving experience. Additionally, you might not realize that properly maintained manual transmissions tend to last longer without service and need less service intervention over their lifetime.

It's also important to understand when you need a qualified transmission repair technician to examine your manual transmission. As transmission problems can escalate quickly, it's important to address them as soon as they're recognized, so learning to recognize these problems becomes important.

  • When you change gears, the clutch seems to slip.If you release the pedal and smell a burning smell, your engine will rev high. This is a sign of slippage.

  • Clutch pedal feels strange. Even when the clutch behaves differently, it's a good idea to get your vehicle checked when it starts acting oddly.

  • Transmission shifts make grinding sounds.Shifting without properly engaging the clutch can cause this, so make sure you're shifting normally.Your clutch may need to be replaced if it still grinds or if it grinds all the way to the floorboards.

  • In the event that your transmission won't shift, it is likely that there is a problem with hydraulic pressure. Whenever there is a leak between the master and slave cylinders, that happens.

  • Odd smells in general.Despite not necessarily being a burning smell like you would expect when the clutch slips, the smell could indicate other issues.The smell of your vehicle's exhaust should always be checked when it changes.

  • Delays in movement are also indicators of transmission issues. It is possible that your transmission is shifting in a jerky manner if the shifts seem to occur a second or two after they should have occurred.

  • If you hear any strange sounds other than the ones listed here, you should also investigate them.

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