4 Signs of a Transmission Failure

Giulia Nigrini
Giulia Nigrini
Vehicle Service Contract Specialist, Traveler, Car Enthusiast
January 14, 2022
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It is important to be aware of your vehicle’s health in order to better prepare for mechanical issues. Knowing what the signs are will give you the warning you need to safely take the car in for repairs and avoid breaking down on the side of the road.

What are the Transmission Failure Signs?

So a transmission failure will lead to your engine becoming completely redundant. Catching the failure early on is the best way to ensure a speedy and successful repair period for the car. All cars do have a light that appears as “ALT” or “GEN” which warns you that there is an issue with the alternator and a clear sign to take the car in for a check. Other than the light here are 4 other signs of transmission failure:

Dim or Flickering Headlights

The alternator supplies power to your car’s headlights. If you notice that they seem dim or flicker regularly it would be best to have it checked. This could mean that there is something faulty with the alternator and ultimately lead to transmission failure.

General Electrical Failures

Power is supplied to other parts of the car from the alternator as well. Things such as windows, locking mechanisms, dashboard lights, and air conditioning. Should any of these seem to fail then take your car in for a check. It is likely to be something else but maybe early signs of transmission failure.

Difficulty Starting and/or Stalling

Cars require electricity to function. The alternator provides the power to the spark plugs which ignite the gasoline when starting the engine. When there is difficulty starting the car or persistent stalling it could be a sign that a failure is imminent. Be sure to take the car in for a check-up and fix the issue.

Battery Stops Working

As you drive around your alternator is working to help recharge your battery. Sometimes when the alternator is failing it could cause the battery to drain. Eventually, your car is unable to start as the battery is no longer storing any power. Though other faults can lead to battery failures it is often linked to the alternator.

Why Investing in an Extended Car Warranty is a Good Idea

An extended car warranty is a vehicle service contract designed to keep your car’s critical parts covered in the event of a mechanical breakdown. The vehicle service contract exists between you and the provider where both parties need to uphold their side of the agreement. Essentially you maintain your car and the provider makes sure you are covered when those mechanical failures occur. Here are a few reasons you should consider purchasing an extended car warranty:

What does an Extended Car Warranty Cover?

An extended car warranty covers various parts of your vehicle. Starting from the most basic, a powertrain plan, to the most comprehensive, a bumper-to-bumper or exclusionary plan. Chaiz offers wonderful extended car warranty plans through our esteemed providers on two main tiers as mentioned above. Powertrain plans tend to last for longer and are more affordable while the bumper-to-bumper plans are shorter but cover the majority of your car’s parts.

Powertrain warranty commonly covers:

Bumper-to-Bumper commonly covers all parts but NOT the following:

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