When shifting gears in a truck, the transmission should not be felt, especially if you’re in a truck with automatic transmission.
If you’re hearing clunking sounds while driving or shifting, or if you feel the truck shaking in a way that you’re not used to (and you’re sure that it has nothing to do with the load!) then your transmission might be having trouble.
You also don’t want to be feeling any sort of chugging or bouncing while on a smooth road. If you drive the truck often, you’ll notice even these slight disturbances. If you feel that, you may need to get your transmission checked.
However, if it switches gears without warning, or seems to be stuck between gears, your transmission definitely needs repair.
Excessive heat emanating from the transmission
If you’re noticing abnormal engine temperature, or you’re smelling an odd burned toast odor while driving, then the transmission might be getting overheated.
Check your fluids first; a transmission replacement is expensive and your transmission might not be the source of the issue. If your fluids are all fine, and you see no evidence of a leak, then your transmission might be having problems.
Odd Vibrations and Noises
- Any sort of grinding sounds
- Whining sounds that happen right before accelerating from a stop
- Revving engine, but acceleration is slow