How Do You Know if Your Toyota's Transmission Needs Repair?

By: Nelson Toyota   |   31 Dec 2022

Your vehicle’s transmission is one of the most essential components that make up your vehicle and allow it to run effectively. When problems arise, not only can they affect other parts of your vehicle, but once the transmission has broken, your vehicle is rendered completely useless. If you're noticing an increase in transmission problems, your Toyota may likely need repair. Here are some signs your Toyota’s transmission needs a check-up. 


If your Toyota's transmission is not shifting gears properly, it is likely because it’s failing. You should take your vehicle to a service centre to check the transmission as soon as possible. Some signs that your Toyota's transmission is failing are if the car hesitates to go into park or drive mode or if the engine revs up after a gear change but the vehicle does not speed up as much as it should.

Fluid Leaks

It is likely transmission fluid under your vehicle if you notice red or brown fluid under your vehicle. Transmission fluid is necessary for the proper function of your transmission, and if there is a leak, it can cause your transmission to fail. If you notice a fluid leak, take your vehicle to a mechanic to have the leak repaired.

Burning Smell

If your vehicle smells burning, it may be because the transmission fluid is overheating. This can be caused by low fluid levels, a clogged transmission filter, or a faulty transmission cooler. If your vehicle smells like burning oil, take it to a mechanic to have the transmission checked.

Grinding or Shaking

If your vehicle is grinding or shaking while in gear, it is likely because the transmission is failing. If your vehicle feels like it is shaking when it is idling, or if it feels like it is grinding when you put it in gear, have it checked out. Shaking or grinding can likely be fixed by replacing the transmission.

Strange Noise

If your vehicle is making a strange noise, it could be because the transmission is damaged. Strange noises may be coming from the transmission or from the engine. A mechanic can perform a noise test to determine if the noise comes from the transmission, but if the sound comes from the engine, it is likely because the engine is misfiring.

Transmission Slip

If your vehicle is slipping out of gear or is having trouble shifting, it may be because the transmission is failing. Slipping can cause the engine to rev at unusually high speeds, which can cause damage to your engine. If your vehicle is shimmy or feels like it is struggling to get into gear, have the transmission checked.

Delayed Engagement

If your vehicle is delayed in engaging or has trouble going into gear, it is likely because the transmission is failing. This is typically caused by low transmission fluid, a failing transmission filter, or a faulty transmission cooler. In this case, bring it to a mechanic ASAP.

Warning Light

If the transmission warning light or check engine light is on, your transmission is likely failing. If the transmission light is flashing, it is likely because the transmission has a bad enough problem to harm your vehicle. If this light is on, it’s a sign that your transmission needs to be looked at.

The Bottomline

A few key signs indicate your Toyota may need a transmission repair. If you notice any of the issues we’ve mentioned, it's best to take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible: Getting the problem fixed early can avoid more serious and expensive repairs down the road.

Whether you’re looking for a new Toyota vehicle or need repairs, Nelson Toyota can help you. We are the Kootenay’s premier source for dependable and affordable vehicles. Contact us today!


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