Your European Automobile’s Check Engine Light Could Be Warning You of Transmission Problems

The check engine light will come on if your European automobile is having transmission problems. East Coast EuroWerks advises that the reason why is that you don’t have a transmission light on the dashboard. Aside from the check engine warning, you may also notice one or more of the following signs of transmission trouble listed below. Bring your vehicle to our shop as soon as possible to avoid additional transmission damage.

Gear Problems

Gear problems include skipping gears in the gear cycle and slipping out of gear. Your vehicle should go through each gear in the gear cycle without skipping one. It should also stay in gear once it is in gear. If it slips out of gear, you will notice a significant increase in your RPMs and you will lose power.

Leaking Fluid

Leaking transmission fluid is also an indication of transmission trouble. The leak can cause additional transmission damage if the fluid level gets too low. Transmission fluid can leak out of various transmission parts including the seals, gaskets, and transmission pan.


An overheating transmission is an indication that you have low fluid levels. If you continue to drive your automobile without having the transmission fluid flushed and refilled, you will risk damaging the transmission further. Driving with an overheating transmission is just as bad as driving with an overheating engine.

Strange Sounds

Strange sounds coming from the transmission are also an indication that the transmission is in trouble. Specifically, you may hear clunking, squealing, or grinding noises when you put your vehicle into gear or when the transmission shifts gears. You may also hear humming sounds when the vehicle is in neutral.


If your transmission refuses to respond, it is definitely in serious trouble. It may refuse to go into gear when you put it in gear, or it may refuse to shift gears once it’s in first gear. Don’t try to force the transmission to work when it isn’t responding. Rather, have your vehicle towed to our shop.


Finally, any time you put your vehicle into gear or it shifts gear, you should only notice a slight movement. If your vehicle vibrates or shakes as the transmission shifts through the gear cycle, have the transmission inspected right away because there is a problem.

We can do that here at East Coast EuroWerks in Wilmington, NC. We are European automobile specialists, and we’d be happy to service or repair your transmission.

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