If you’re driving to work and notice a new warning light illuminate your dash, you may be wondering, “Why is my check transmission light on?” At Budget Transmission, we work hard to keep transmissions tuned up, and if you bring your vehicle to our Centennial shop, we can identify what’s causing an error with this important component. Even better, we’ll get the problem fixed and get you back on the road.
With so many possibilities behind your check transmission light on, don’t ignore the warning. There’s good reason why vehicles are equipped with a way to communicate with you. Today, we’ll talk about the common reasons why you may see the check transmission light.
In most new vehicles, everything is controlled by the main engine computer, which also controls when the transmission shifts gears. If you notice this light, we recommend that you come in immediately. It might be a simple fix now – but turn into a bigger problem that may cause your wallet to take a big hit.
Here are some possibilities that may have turned your check transmission light on:
- Maintenance reminder to let you know it is time to check or change your transmission fluid or to take your vehicle to local Budget Transmission for service or maintenance.
- Transmission fluid may be low. Have someone check the level immediately and only refill with the specified transmission fluid suggested by the manufacturer.
- There may be an issue with a transmission temperature sender if the light comes on, or flashes just before the vehicle has warmed up to temperature.
- If the light sometimes turns on and the off, or comes on only when hitting bumps while driving, it may indicate a loose transmission wiring connection or a bare wire.
- Difficult or erratic shifting such as problems automatically shifting out of first gear.
- Fluid that appears dark or smells burnt is a serious problem that should be dealt with right away.
- High whining sounds coming from the engine when you are driving, or it is running, can indicate low transmission fluid levels or a soiled or plugged transmission filter.
- Check for leaks underneath the car on the ground, or leaks and drips coming from the pan gasket. Transmission fluid is purposely red to make it easy to identify.
- Overheating is another indicator of transmission issues. If you are pulling heavy loads and/or doing a lot of uphill driving and you notice poor performance, this is a sign of something wrong.
- A lack of response when you push the accelerator pedal is also a possible indicator of issues.
Budget Transmission has certified technicians using the latest, top-of-the-line technology to quickly scan and test your transmission fault codes to get an accurate reading as to what may be going on with your transmission light. If you are in the unfortunate situation and wondering, why is my check transmission light on, don’t delay in getting the correct diagnosis at Budget Transmission. Serving the entire Denver metro area, we will set your mind at ease and get you back on the road. Call or stop by the shop today.