What are Signs of a Clogged Transmission Filter?

Your transmission is vital for the health of your industrial equipment. The transmission works with the torque converter and engine to keep your machines running smoothly. However, if something as small as a clogged transmission filter is ignored, it can cause serious damage.  

How Do You Know if Your Transmission Filter is Clogged?

The transmission filter is used to keep contaminating debris and particles out of the transmission fluid. Automatic transmission filters must be changed periodically to keep your equipment running properly. 

Here are some telltale signs that your transmission filter is clogged and needs to be replaced.

  1. Odd Noises
  2. Leaks
  3. Burning Smell

1) Odd Noises

It’s never a good sign if your industrial vehicle is making weird noises. If you hear a rattling sound, that could mean loose debris are blocking the filter. Any odd noises such as high-pitched screeching or gears grinding mean that you need to get your vehicle serviced.

2) Leaks

Leaking transmission fluid is another sign that you need a new filter, or it could mean you need another repair entirely. If you notice any oil on the ground where your equipment was parked, take note and have it serviced as soon as possible.

3) Burning Smell

Never ignore a burning smell that’s coming from your equipment! This could mean that your filter isn’t doing its job properly and contaminants are blocking the filter. Replace the filter and fluid immediately to avoid any serious damage.

Pro Tip: A burning smell coming from your industrial vehicle should never be ignored. It can result in a smoking vehicle and irreplaceable damage.

Keep Your Equipment Running Smoothly

It’s critical to service your equipment regularly to keep it running smoothly. If your equipment is showing any of the above signs, you should make it a priority to have a mechanic take a look.

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