How To Diagnose A Mercedes-Benz Gear Box Problem

Never ignore those signs that indicate that your car is experiencing problems regardless of how small they may be to prevent choking up on a hefty repair bill. The gear box is one part that you do not want to go wrong as it is one of the most expensive Mercedes-Benz part in your car. A Mercedes-Benz gear box problem can be so fatal and that is why vigilance is key. Here is how you can diagnose the problem.

Dashboard Warning Lights

Engine lights turn on, on the dashboard for a reason. Look out for the transmission temperature light that indicates the fluid in your transmission is running at a higher temperature. Check your transmission levels and coolant levels to make sure that the systems are topped up to the right levels. This light may not be an indicator of a transmission issue and may even be outside of the gear box. However, it is still important to assess any underlying issues which can be done by a trained technician.

Leaking Fluid and Low Levels

This is one of the easiest signs that you can spot. Check under your car for leaks by placing several pieces of paper underneath the car. Look out for any transmission fluid that is red in color. You may even sniff a hint of something sweet. Your transmission fluid levels should always stay constant unlike your motor oil. If there are any signs of a red fluid, there is definitely a leak.

Smells and Odors

Light smells and burning odors that leave a tart and sweet fragrance in your vehicle may be an indicator that it is time to replace your transmission fluid. If the fluid is not properly lubricating the system, change it so as to prevent the unit from overheating and burning. When checking on the transmission fluid, check for any burnt smell. If there is, that means your gear box is nearly finished.

Audible Noises

You may have encountered it before. Just sitting in a silent car and listening hard to hear a knocking noise while the gear changes. If you hear any clanking or banging noises as the gear moves into neutral, this is a good indicator of some loose parts and gears in the clutch. If you hear any clicking or whistling noises, it can mean that your gear box’s bearings are worn out and you may need to replace the whole unit.

Extraordinary Behavior

If your car suddenly switches gears for no reason like sliding into neutral in an automatic, the shifting may have malfunctioned. You can also look out for an accompanying whine or pitch shift from the engine. Delayed engagement of the gear box is another sign that you should not avoid. If your car needs more time to go into drive even when you have held the clutch down at biting point, it also means that a component is about to be finished.

Regardless of how little a sign can be, do not avoid it. Seek professional assistance from our factory-trained technicians at Mercedes-Benz of Huntington for a thorough assessment.