Delayed Engagement: Is Your Transmission Doing This?

If your car takes too long to move after hitting the gas, it could have a delayed engagement problem. If you don't address the issue right away, it could spell trouble for your transmission later. The following tips can help protect your transmission from delayed engagement.

Learn What Delayed Engagement Is

Keeping the transmission in your car clean and well-maintained can help protect it from excessive wear and tear. However, transmission can unexpectedly experience a number of issues, including delayed engagement.

Delayed engagement is a type of transmission slippage that occurs when vehicles take too long to accelerate or move. The delay can occur after you hit the gas or when you shift from park to drive. The vehicle may also temporarily "rev" up before it accelerates or takes off. 

A delay in engagement can happen if the bands in your transmission become worn out and damaged from overheating or stressful driving. Valve issues can also cause a delay in shifting and accelerating. The fluids in the transmission can also dry out and interfere with shifting and accelerating. The seals inside your transmission can become hard, brittle, and damaged if they're not lubricated properly. 

Delayed engagement can occur from many other issues as well. The best way to solve your delayed engagement problem is to see an auto technician soon.

Seek Auto Transmission Repairs

In order to the cause of your car's delayed engagement problem, a technician will need to inspect the valves, seal, fluid levels, and other parts in your transmission. If your vehicle is simply low on transmission fluid, a mechanic will fill the reservoir to the proper level.

If your transmission has something wrong with the valves and seals, a technician may repair these specific parts. For instance, it may be necessary for a mechanic to tighten or secure the bands in your transmission during the repairs.

A technician will also check the rest the parts under your car's hood for issues. For example, there may be a leak in your engine that affects your transmission directly. If a mechanic doesn't address these problems now, it could damage your transmission later on in the future.

Once a mechanic completes the repairs on your transmission, they may recommend that you bring your vehicle back for an inspection later on in the year. The inspection time may depend on several factors, including how and where you drive your vehicle. 

Learn more about delayed engagement and how it affects your transmission by contacting an auto transmission repair service provider today.