The Pros And Cons Of Transmission Repair Replacements

What are the signs of a bad automatic transmission?

What is a Transmission?

Another name for a car’s transmission, is a car’s gearbox. A transmission is the component that helps to turn the engine’s power into something the car is able to use on a regular basis. Without a transmission, you would basically sit in your car with the engine running and you headed nowhere.

The Different Kinds of Transmissions

Manual Transmission

A manual transmission, also has the name of manual gearbox. Others may refer to it as a standard transmission, gearbox or a stick shift. This kind of transmission is utilized in motor vehicle applications. A manual transmission also uses a driver-operated clutch, generally engaged by a hand lever or a foot pedal.

Automatic Manual Transmission

An automatic manual transmission has an automatic clutch. The driver can change gears without operating a clutch pedal. Instead of a clutch pedal, actuators, sensors and processors do the job.

Dual-Clutch Transmission

The dual-clutch transmission is a variation on an automated manual transmission. Not only does it look after the operation of the clutch but the gear changes too. Each clutch takes care of either even or odd-numbered sets. The entire objective is to pre-select the next gear, own up as the driver activates the previous gear. This means that when a driver initiates the next change, that changes happens instantly without any interruption in progress or even power.

Signs of a Bad Automatic Transmission

A bad automatic transmission normally presents a series of signs and symptoms that can be easily identified with careful attention. What follows is a brief description of some of the most common signs of a bad automatic transmission.

Transmission Slippage

An automatic transmission that slips in and out of gear while driving is a classic sign of a bad transmission. An automatic transmission has a series of gears(normally between 4 and 5) designed for various engine speeds and loads. An automatic transmission that slips between gears affects vehicle performance and is a sign of impending transmission failure.

Transmission Spinning

A bad or faulty automatic transmission will often spin without providing any forward vehicle movement. This normally happens when an automatic transmission clutch fails to properly engage the transmission gears with the engine crankshaft, resulting in a spinning or freewheeling condition.

Trransmission Lag

Transmission lag is defined as a delay in transmission action or engagement. When a vehicle is accelerated, a transmission that lags will fail to engage for a few seconds before “kicking” into gear. Transmission lag normally happens during acceleration from a complete stop.

Burned Transmission Fluid

Normal transmission fluid is pinkish in color and almost transparent. A bad automatic transmission will often burn and/or char automatic transmission fluid and turn the fluid almost black; many times there will actually be a burned, smoky smell to the fluid as well.

Severe Transmission Fluid Leaks

An automatic transmission that leaks a large amount of transmission fluid, whether during normal vehicle operation or when a vehicle is parked, is a sign of a bad automatic transmission.

Transmission Noisy in Neutral

It seems intuitive that if you hear weird noises when the car should be shifting, that the transmission is acting up. But would you suspect it if things were going “bump” in neutral? Yes, it could be the transmission.

Such sounds could have a simple and inexpensive solution — as with many of the problems on our list, adding or replacing the transmission fluid sometimes does the trick. Bear in mind that as is the case with engine oil, different vehicles do best with the specific formulation called for in the owner’s manual.

Alternatively, lots of noises from the transmission while it’s in neutral could signal something more serious, like mechanical wear that will need the replacement of parts. In this case, common culprits are a worn reverse idler gear or worn bearings, possibly coupled with worn gear teeth

Refuses to Go Into Gear

Believe it or not, there are still quite a few people out there who practice the fading art of shifting manually, with a foot pedal and a “stick” gearshift, and who do so willingly.

Despite their somewhat simpler operation, manual transmissions nonetheless have their share of things that can go wrong. One potential problem is that the transmission refuses to budge when you depress the clutch pedal and attempt to move the stick shifter.

It may happen when trying to get into first gear from a stop, or at any point up and down the assorted gears. Common causes include low transmission fluid, wrong viscosity (thickness) of fluid, or required adjusting of the shift cables or clutch linkage.

Dipstick Inspection

Checking your car’s transmission fluid with the dipstick is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways you can help prolong the life of your transmission. If you have rear-wheel drive, it is located toward the rear of an in-line engine. If your vehicle has front wheel drive, the transmission fluid dipstick will be sticking out of the transaxle. Please refer to your owner’s manual guide for further help. With your car in neutral or park, let your engine run until it is warm before pulling the dipstick out (Do not turn your engine off). To check the fluid color, rub in between your index finger and thumb. The fluid should be pinkish and almost clear. If the fluid is a brownish color and has a burnt toast smell it can no longer dissipate the heat the transmission generates and needs to be changed.To check fluid level insert dipstick, wipe it clean, and examine level marks and then insert it again. The fluid should be between two marks labeled either “full” and “add” or “hot” and “cold”. If the level is not full, you will need to top off your transmission fluid. Be careful not to add too much. If the level is too high it will cause the fluid to churn and aerate, creating air bubbles, that can trap heat and make the fluid run hotter.Not sure what type of transmission fluid to choose? Come to Pep Boys and choose from a variety of products or make an appointment.

Odd Sounds

Manual and automatic transmissions respond differently when they are malfunctioning. It is important to recognize any odd sounds your transmission might be making to avoid further complications. If you have a manual transmission, a common warning sign is a very abrupt grinding noise or feeling when you shift into a new gear. Experiencing a grinding noise after fully engaging a clutch and shift may mean you have worn clutch or might have to get it adjusted. Also, your transmissions gear synchronizers may be worn out or damaged.

Effective Scorpion Control Measures

Scorpion sting


Your history and symptoms are usually all your doctor needs to make a diagnosis. If you have severe symptoms, you may have blood or imaging tests to check for the effects of the venom on your liver, heart, lungs and other organs.


Most scorpion stings don’t need medical treatment. But if symptoms are severe, you may need to receive care in a hospital. You may be given drugs through a vein (intravenously) to treat pain.

Lifestyle and home remedies

If a scorpion stings you or your child, follow the suggestions below. Healthy adults may not need further treatment, and these tips can help keep children safe until they see a doctor:

Clean the wound with mild soap and water.

Apply a cool compress to the affected area. This may help reduce pain.

Don’t consume food or liquids if you’re having difficulty swallowing.

Take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed. You might try ibuprofen (Motrin IB, Children’s Motrin, others) to help ease discomfort.


Other Common Name: Striped Scorpion

Family: Buthidae (a scorpion family), in the order Scorpiones, in the class Arachnida

Description: Striped bark scorpions are pale yellowish brown, usually with two lengthwise dark stripes on the abdomen. This is the only species of scorpion in Missouri. It occurs in glades and other dry, warm, rocky areas, and sometimes in buildings and shelters and under piles of wood, brush, or garbage.

Most people are familiar with the overall scorpion shape: a flattened, elongated oval body; the pair of front appendages with pincers; four pairs of walking legs; and a long, curling tail that ends in a bulbous segment tipped with stinger.

This species is distinguished, among other things, by a dark triangle is on top of the head. Young striped bark scorpions are pale yellowish brown, usually with two broad lengthwise dark stripes on the abdomen (the back); older scorpions are uniform dark brown with the stripes faint or lacking.


scorpions prefer glades with lots of loose rock (such as limestone or dolomite glades) so that they can hide from the sun during the day. Scorpions seek out these places, especially if there are few humans around, because here they find ideal shelter and plentiful food. Scorpions are sometimes found in buildings and shelters, as well as under piles of wood, brush, or garbage

This species is called the “striped bark scorpion” because it is a species of “bark scorpion” (the common name applied to any scorpions in genus Centruroides) that has stripes. It does not usually live on trees or bark.

Scorpions apparently arrived in this part of the country about 8,000 years ago when the climate was warmer, drier, and more like the desert southwest is today. When the climate here changed again, about 4,000 years ago, and become cooler and wetter, these scorpions were able to remain in the relatively desertlike glade environments where they can be found today


Generally nocturnal predators, striped bark scorpions prefer soft-bodied prey such as spiders, cockroaches, ants, crickets, beetles, and butterflies. They grab the prey with their pincers and sometimes use their stinger to subdue it. A hungry scorpion may even tackle small mice and lizards. Scorpions are also cannibalistic: Larger scorpions will prey on smaller, weaker scorpions.

What are scorpions?

Scorpions are arachnids which means all adults have eight legs. This species of scorpion has a waxy cuticle that covers its body to help them maintain moisture. Under ultraviolet light, the cuticle glows.

Bark scorpions have yellow or tan bodies with two wide, black stripes on the topside of their abdomens. These scorpions grow to between 2 and 3 inches long, with most reaching about 2-3/8 inches. They have segmented tails that curve up over their backs; the last segment has a venom-filled stinger attached to it. Their tails, as well as their pair of claw-like appendages, are narrower than other species of scorpions. They use their claws to capture and hold onto their prey.

Are striped bark scorpions dangerous?

The striped bark scorpion is dangerous because like bees, wasps, and other stinging pests they deliver painful, venom-filled stings as a means of defense. After being stung there may be swelling and itching around the bite sight that persists for several days. A reaction to their venom varies by individual, those sensitive to scorpion venom may experience a more severe allergic reaction.

Why do I have a striped bark scorpion problem?

Properties that have a lot of insects, spiders, and small mammals like rodents living on them have the potential to become home to striped bark scorpions. Striped bark scorpions have high moisture needs and are also attracted to properties with easy access to water and dark, damp areas to hide in during the day. Striped bark scorpions are good climbers and are often found on trees or climbing up of the walls of a home, allowing them easy access inside through any small opening they come across.

Where will I find striped bark scorpions?

Striped bark scorpions do not burrow, but do hide under rocks, mulch, woodpiles, fallen trees, and behind tree bark. They prefer to live outside, but if the weather becomes too hot and dry, they move indoors, seeking a more humid environment. Crawl spaces, bathrooms (sinks and tubs), laundry rooms, and basements all make great hideouts for striped bark scorpions.

Scorpions – the one thing holding us back from booking

We have no issues with spiders, snakes or even scorpions in the day while we are out, but it’s sleeping at night in a hotel. We’ve heard and read a few horror stories of tourists being stung in the night by scorpions while they are asleep. These occurred in hotels you wouldn’t think would have scorpions. Some of them were even listed on tripadvisor under hotel reviews.

I would hate to take a vacation where every night i have to tear my room apart and use a black light to search for scorpions.

1. Is there any merit to this or am I being overly paranoid?

2. What are the odds of being stung by a scorpion in your hotel room?

3. Do the odds increase the further south you go? (i.e tombstone)

4. Are there any ways to avoid this from happening?

1. Yes you are being overly paranoid. I have lived here over 50 years and have never had an encounter with a scorpion

2. odds, quite low

3. No

4. If you are still scared, buy a portable black light, they glow when the light is shined on them, or get low to the floor and scan the room, easier to see from their angle.


Q: Help! My house is overrun with scorpions, and I hate them.

A: How ungracious of you. First of all, the scorpions were here first, and secondly, they absolutely adore you. And what do they get from you? The back of your Reebok. And, in a way, it’s your fault there are so many of them in the first place. Well, not your fault personally, but our fault collectively.

This is a nasty little critter, skinny and yellowish in color, and it’s sting can cause intense pain, numbness and, at least in theory, death. Bloom said there are no accounts of anyone dying of a scorpion sting in the 40 years that records have been kept.

Bloom has an interesting job. With the help of three goats, she produces scorpion antivenin for distribution to area hospitals, doctors and veterinarians. During the summer, she gets a dozen or so requests for antivenin a week.

Here’s how to tell if your scorpions are bark scorpions: Only bark scorpions climb vertical surfaces. If your scorpions confine themselves to scurrying along the floor, you’re probably OK. If you’re finding them on the walls or in your drapes or climbing up the side of your house (or your leg), you’ve got a problem.

There are scorpions all over the Valley, but many of us have gone for years without ever seeing one, much less getting stung. Some people believe they are more common in areas where new housing is encroaching on the scorpions’ natural desert habitat.

Our security lights and streetlights attract bugs, which, in turn, attract scorpions. Our rock gardens and woodpiles and laundry rooms and well-watered lawns provide shelter and water. We’re the best thing that ever happened to scorpions.