Honda makes some excellent vehicles but, unfortunately, they can sometimes be prone to transmission troubles. Transmission repairs are generally some of the more expensive repairs out there and, in some cases, a dead transmission might mean the end of your vehicle’s lifespan. This is especially true with older cars, which in many cases, simply aren’t worth the cost of replacing the transmission. While the only way to know for sure if something is wrong with your transmission and what that something is is to visit a mechanic, there are some tell-tale signs of transmission troubles that you should be aware of.
First of all, always pay attention when you’re shifting into gear. Does your car have a hard time doing so? Perhaps you have to harshly jerk on the gear stick in order to put your car into gear, or maybe your car does some jerking and sputtering of its own instead. Or maybe your car just takes a minute to shift into gear, as if not reacting to what you have done. All of these are signs that something could be wrong with your transmission and warrant a trip to the mechanic.
In between shifting from one gear to the next, you also need to be mindful of what your vehicle is doing. If you notice your revolutions per minute (RPM) suddenly jumping up for no good reason during this time, transmission issues may be on the horizon. Keep in mind, however, that this can also be a sign of other problems and that it can’t be difficult to determine what the issue is on your own.
Sometimes, some of your gears just stop working altogether. Far too often, people ignore this; after all, they can usually still get by with the missing gears. However, ignoring the problem can only further damage the transmission and perhaps even other vital parts of your car, like the engine! If you can’t use even one of your gears or even if the gear only works sometimes, you need to see your mechanic.
Fluid leakage is yet another possible indicator of transmission trouble. Of course, if the fluid is not coming from the transmission area, then the leakage is likely indicative of a different problem, but still one that should be checked out. Surprisingly, issues with your drive wheels can also be due to a faulty transmission. Slipping tires or not being able to give your drive wheels the oomph you want can indicate transmission failure.
And, of course, if your “Check Engine” or “Transmission Overdrive” lights come on, then you know you need to heed their warning and get some help with your vehicle. Make sure you take your car to a qualified mechanic, one who has experience working with transmissions. Also, if you plan to fix your transmission, don’t just go with the first mechanic you find. Shop around a bit to find the best price so you don’t pay out the nose.