If you are having automatic transmission problems, before calling a professional, there are a few things that you can check for yourself to save you time and money:


Check the level and condition of your transmission fluid.  Most of the time this is done with the car warmed up and idling in park.  If it is low then add fluid to reach the full mark.  The type of fluid will probably be specified on the dipstick.  Drive the car again to see if this fixes the problem.  If it does then have the transmission checked for leaks and repaired.


Try stopping and turning the key off for a few seconds then restart and try driving again.  If this fixes the problem, even temporarily, you may only  have an electrical problem.  The car's computer can be checked for trouble codes which may point to the problem.


If you are planning to call for help then have the following information available to speed diagnosis:

  1. Model, Make and year of the vehicle

  2. Is it an automatic of stick shift?

  3. Do you have an overdrive transmission? ( Usually has a circle around the " D " on the shift indicator.)

  4. Is it leaking or making noise?

  5. Is the problem worse hot or cold?

  6. How long has it been going on?

  7. Does it happen all the time or just once in a while?

  8. Have you done the things listed in the above paragraphs?

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