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Good or Bad? Noises Your Transmission Might Make

Was that a whinny or a screech?  Was that grinding noise normal or is it excessive?  Is it going from bad to worse?  Are the Browns going to win a game?

Okay, so transmission noises can’t answer EVERY question.  But while they aren’t a crystal ball for Cleveland sports teams, your transmission’s unique noises can paint a picture of transmission health and give you an idea of how well it’s working.

The “High Pitched Whine in Reverse” noise:
If your car is making a high pitched whiny noise that is amplified when the knob hits R on your gear shift, you may need a new transmission fluid filter. If you shift into reverse and the whine gets louder before you even give it any gas, you may have a clogged filter.

The “Planetary Grind” noise:
Whining or grinding noises while the car is in drive could mean that the planetary gear is damaged.  Long story short, if your planetary gear is out of alignment or damaged it can have widespread damaging effects on your vehicle. If you hear a grind, you should have your transmission inspected immediately.

The “Gurgle” noise:
This particularly peculiar sound means you probably need transmission fluid. The “gurgle” is produced when the fluid is low, and air bubbles build up.  This is oftentimes accompanied by the phenomena of the car falling out of gear when you come to a quick stop.

The “Constant Whine” noise.
If this changes in pitch as you drive then it might be affiliated with the torque converter. Another indicator is if the noise goes away while you are in park or neutral.

Any loud or high-pitched noise that your transmission makes needs to be looked at by a pro, and Rad Air has Cleveland’s best transmission mechanics just waiting to help your car get back to a nice, quiet ride. If you can’t tell where a particular noise is coming from, bring your vehicle in for an inspection and diagnosis. It is always better to have a professional pinpoint the cause of any noise before trying to repair it. Schedule a visit today and help your car get back to its top performance.