In with the good, out with the bad.

That’s the job of your transmission filter, and though it’s a small component of your vehicle, it plays an important role. The filter works to keep contaminants from wearing parts from your transmission fluid.

Still cruising with your original one? There’s a chance that it isn’t doing its job as well as it could be. If you’re noticing an issue with your car’s performance, the filter might have started becoming clogged and is restricting fluid flow.

Today, we’re sharing a few signs that transmission fluid filters could be on the brink and what to do about it. Ready to learn more? Let’s go!

1. An Unexplained Rattle

Sometimes, you know exactly what’s making your vehicle rattle. It could be a loose exhaust hanger a bad catalytic converter, rusted heat shielding or even worn-out brake pads, to name a few culprits.

Yet, if you’ve checked all the usual spots and you’re still hearing what sounds like metal-on-metal or a jiggling rattle, your transmission may be to blame. This isn’t a prank. It’s time to turn the car off and pop the hood.

And check the fluid level and condition. Chances are if the fluid looks thick and dark in color, the filter may be restricting flow as well. If it is becoming clogged, it will create performance issues and may, in fact, damage your transmission.

2. Whirs or Whines

In addition to (or in place of) a rattle, your car may also make a whirring or whining noise when you shift into gear. It will sound like your engine is revving up in between gears. The only issue? It won’t engage as fully or quickly as it should and is an indication that you have a clutch issue.

Your shifting process should be inaudible and smooth. Any time it becomes laborious or loud, something is amiss underneath the car or hood.

3. Leaking

Leaving a little puddle everywhere you park your car? It may not be your A/C leaking water.

Your transmission includes several different seals and gaskets that can come worn or tear with mileage and constant wear. In addition, the part the seal rides on itself can be defective or a related bearing can become loose, causing the seal to wear and leak. When any of these issues occur, the transmission fluid can leak and ultimately cause serious damage to your transmission.

The same goes for a clogged filter. If the fluid isn’t flowing as it should, it may show up outside of your vehicle as it is forced through the vent tube. If you’re noticing a trail behind your vehicle when you give your vehicle power, bring it in and let a professional look.

These are just three of several signs that you have a clogged transmission filter, and it is time to get it replaced. Thankfully, we are here to help! Give us a call at Walkers Automotive to scheduled your appointment today.