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Baltimore, Maryland 21230


Semi-Truck Transmission Problems: Warning Signs

A healthy transmission is integral to the overall function of a semi-truck.

For the most part, when it comes to your truck’s transmission, making sure it is running properly is key to any successful trucker. In fact, whether you yourself are a truck driver or fleet manager, you can take certain precautionary steps towards ensuring that your semi-truck’s transmission is working properly — or at least being mindful of any warning signs that something is amiss. The reality is, while semi-trucks might appear to be quite durable, they are all reliant on their transmission being in excellent working order to thrive and run effectively and efficiently. Ultimately, at some point, you will tend to experience even the slightest transmission problem — despite diligent and routine maintenance and care. Here are some of the telltale warning signs to actually pay attention to when it comes to ensuring that your transmission stays working properly so you can get your job done right and continue thriving in your trucking career.

Any Leaking Transmission Fluid

One key signal that’ll likely be a clear sign that your transmission is on the fritz involves the transmission fluid and any leakage that might be resulting from your truck itself. In fact, leaking fluid can be a great sign that’ll showcase any potential problems with your transmission overall. The reality is, noticing transmission fluid is quite easy. Ultimately, if you see any fluid residue on your driveway, you can rest assured it is very likely coming from your transmission and is a big red flag that your transmission might need to be inspected immediately. 

Problematic Shifting

Another telltale sign that your transmission isn’t working properly includes erratic shifting when driving. In fact, when you have a properly running transmission, then gear shifting tends to be incredibly smooth. The reality is, if you experience shaking within the vehicle itself whenever you shift gears, then you might have a faulty transmission on your hands. Ultimately, a delay in shifting gears accompanied by any unusual noises are all signals that you might want to have a professional inspect your semi-truck to make sure the transmission gets the maintenance it needs to help your truck run as smoothly and safely as possible.

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Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star is an award-winning, authorized dealer for new and used medium-duty and heavy-duty Freightliner and Western Star trucks and Sprinter Vans. We also provide expert service repair for Detroit Diesel, Cummins, Caterpillar, and Mercedes-Benz engines.
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