What is This Slippage You Speak of?

By All Auto Staff - February 8th, 2018 in Uncategorized

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When Your Car Won’t Accelerate…

You’ve probably heard the term before, either mentioned by a mechanic, or read about online. However, if you’re still finding yourself unsure of what slippage is or what it looks like, this post will quickly get you up to speed. (Unlike a car suffering from the condition.)

Serious Issues

In short, slippage is a condition where the engine generates power that the transmission is unable to transmit to the wheels. This can show a few different ways, but most commonly the engine will “surge” or lurch when shifting between gears. Slippage also shows up during acceleration.

Throughout acceleration, the tachometer, also known as “the engine RPM thingy,” will rise as you press the gas pedal, but vehicle speed will remain constant or rise slower than what the engine is demanding. Either indicator could be slippage.

The Good News:

If your transmission isn’t grabbing power the way it should be, there is some good news. Often times a transmission band adjustment or brief tune-up is all that’s required to correct the problem. Give us a call today with your automatic transmission issues and we’ll get you back on the road in no time.

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