4 tips to inspect the transmission while buying used automatic cars

08/24/2018

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Finish this article before you put your money down for that dream car of yours!

Most Nigerians car buyers choose used cars over new ones. However, not everyone has trained eyes for detecting problems that might come with used cars, especially technical issues. While manual cars can be easier to inspect, automatic car problems are more subtle and harder to detect, especially for less experienced buyers. With that in mind, we would like to share some easy tips you can apply while inspecting and test driving a used car. Check it out.

1. Gear slipping

The sign of a slipping gear is when you step on the gas pedal and accelerate, the tachometer bar is at the maximum spin, but the car doesn't speed up at all, it's possible that the car has a slipping gear problem. While this problem can be detected easily in a stick gear, as you only have to change gear to notice, this is more subtle in an automatic vehicle, which requires you to listen more closely to the engine. 

a manual stick

You can check for this problem pretty easily in a manual car

2. Hard shifting

This one is pretty similar to the previous problem and can be tested easily whether the car is an auto or a manual. Simply change the gear from P to reverse or to drive and see if there's a lag or a rough feeling. If there is, the problem is clearly in the transmission problem. It is notable though that the rough feel when driving backward might be attributed to another minor issue.

3. Shift lagging

In a normal vehicle, the car should be able to move right after you shift the gear from P to any other shift. If it doesn't react as quickly as it should, you must drive it to the nearest auto to have it checked up. Some people mistook the problem and attribute the problem to the turbocharger, as there is a seemingly similar delayed engagement when the turbocharger doesn't operate several seconds after the engine has started. It's worth knowing that these two are completely different problems.

Video: 10 Signs of Transmission Issues

4. Fluid leaking

All of the above problems with the engine should be enough for you to ditch the deal immediately. But if you really want the car or the owner promise to cover the fixing cost, the next step would be to check for leaks. A transmission fluid is generally a little reddish, so you'd realize pretty quickly if there's a leak. In addition, if there isn't a leak, judge the quality of the oil by its color too. It shouldn't smell like burning oil or has the black color. But the color is only a minor issue, a quick oil change should fix it effectively. 

someone pouring transmission fluid

Transmission oil should have red color like this

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