There are three types of transmissions available in vehicles today. These are automatic transmission, manual transmission, and continuously variable transmission (CVT). The latter is not as common as the other two. Now, there could be times when your transmission slips, which means the car revs but does not supply power to the wheels. There are several reasons why this could happen. Here are some reasons for transmission slipping:
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SLIPPING
The most common cause of automatic transmission slipping is low transmission fluid. If this is the case in your vehicle, you will need to top up transmission fluid as soon as possible, as this issue gets worse as the transmission gets hotter.
The automatic transmission slipping might be caused by a leak of transmission fluid. This in turn is caused by a failure of the seals that keep the oil inside the transmission. If you have such a leaky seal, and you find it quickly, you might be able to repair it cheaply, depending on what part of the car they are located. You could check the transmission axle seal or the input shaft seal for leaks.
MANUAL TRANSMISSION SLIPPING
A manual transmission does not leak as often as an automatic transmission. As a matter of fact, it can lose all its fluid and keep going. However, this might lead to the transmission locking up while on the road. The problem in this case is usually the clutch. If the clutch is worn out, there will be transmission slipping. A clutch disc can last up to 200,000 miles, depending on how you drive. However, it eventually gets worn out. Thus, you have to replace it eventually. If you do not replace a worn clutch in time, you might end up having to replace the flywheel too.
There are many other possible reasons for transmission slipping. Whenever this happens, it is advisable to invite a mechanic to look into it, most especially if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself or you do not know where to look.