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Sep 17, 2019 / PPS Ford

Things To Do When Your Automatic Transmission Acts Strange

Author PPS Ford

Machines sometimes act funny by working strangely. We wouldn’t have any clue what’s the reason behind it. It can also apply to your car. I guess some of you might have experienced such uncanny situations. Especially with your automatic transmission. How should you react when something goes wrong with the automatic transmission? No clue? Don’t worry. We are here to help you out with the right advice. If you don’t have enough time on your hands to inspect your Ford’s strange behavior, you can just visit your nearest Ford service center in Vizag.

The most common causes for automatic transmission malfunctioning include mechanical damage, leaking seals, worn-out transmission fluid or inadequate transmission fluid level. Before that we must examine what “acting funny” means when referring to one’s transmission before recommending a course of action. Read on to know if any of the following symptoms appear accustomed to you?


When an automatic transmission is about to slip in and out of gear or the engine races up but the vehicle goes much slower than the engine likely to be running, it’s known as slipping. Sometimes the gears reengage harshly.


This is where the full body of the vehicle shudders and shakes while driving, as if it’s getting a seizure. It makes you feel that you’re driving over rumble strips even if you’re on a smooth highway.

Neutral Drop-Out

A common condition that looks to slipping, Neutral drop-out is where the transmission drops into Neutral when the vehicle comes to a stop or while driving, typically at slower speeds. All of a sudden your car’s transmission drops out of gear causing the engine racing up, and then either sliding — or banging — back into gear, or you step on the gas and the engine accelerates but the vehicle doesn’t move as if it’s in Neutral.

Heavy Transmission Vibration

You can feel the heavy vibration throughout the vehicle when you accelerate, especially when the transmission is under load, such as driving up a hill or pulling a trailer. Though many things can make a car vibrate, this type of transmission vibration will diminish when coasting or idling.

What’s Causing This?

The potential causes behind these behaviors can be several. The most possible causes are: leaking external or internal transmission seals; mechanical damage to the transmission and/or the transfer case’s vital internal hard parts such as drums, gears, etc.; improper fluid; old, worn-out transmission fluid; electrical software and hardware glitches; worn drivetrain components; bad transmission and engine mounts.

What Can You Do?

Most of the problems listed above require a mechanic, undoubtedly. But you can start by examining the color, consistency and smell of the vehicle’s transmission fluid. You must keep a check as the low transmission fluid level can result in the slipping as briefed above.

If the vehicle is not exuding any of the problems above or if the transmission fluid is brown or lightly dark, then it’s the right time for transmission service, principally a transmission oil change. Just like the engine, the transmission gets a filter & oil that needs to be changed at regular intervals outlined in your owner’s manual.

If one or more of the signs described earlier exist and the fluid smells burned and seems rough or gritty between your fingers, then take it to a professional, because it requires more than simple service.

For the conditions mentioned above, you have to visit transmission repair specialists who have access to diagnostic repair info that could lead directly to the cause of the problem, rather than tangling around in hit-and-miss fashion. For more information, you can visit PPS Ford. As it is an authorized Ford service center in Vizag, it is adept in providing professional repairing and overhauling services. They proficiently can run pressure tests, dye-leak tests and an electronic diagnostic scan of the drive train control module.

Diagnostic costs differ with the ultimate verdict, but you can define the likely cost of transmission fluid maintenance for your specific vehicle in your area using our fair-price estimator. After inputting your make, model and year, select the maintenance category and then the service called automatic transmission fluid/filter change.

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