What Are Common Volvo Automatic Transmission Problems

Whether it is a part that is associated with cars having Volvo automatic transmissions, such as a drive plate, or a part that is involved in combining the action of a transmission with other parts, such as a Volvo trans axle, there can be little doubt that, eventually, something could go wrong. Particularly if you’ve had your Volvo for years, you have to realize that nothing lasts forever.

Fortunately, parts can be replaced. In fact, entire transmissions can be pulled, and new ones put in. There are a handful of things that can go wrong with just about any auto transmission. Let's take a look at what most familiar are to better prepare you for what may lie ahead in the (hopefully) distant future.

A Transmission That Overheats

Transmissions can overheat. Some cars fall prey to this ailment more than others. Toyotas, for example, seem to have a tendency for their transmissions to overheat. But why does this happen in cars in general? Ordinarily, when a transmission overheats it is due to a lack of fluid, burnt, or dirty fluid. To prevent further damage, change the transmission fluid.

Gearshift Lock

Of all of the problems listed here, this is the most dangerous. Your car will go into first gear – as it should – but then refuses to shift to a different gear. The shift solenoid could be to blame because, as you drive, it's not doing its job. A mechanism called a shift lock release could solve your problem.

A Flax Plate That Is Broken

When it comes to problems that are easy finds, this is near the top of the list. All you have to do is look at a flax plate to know whether or not it's broken (this is also referred to as a flywheel). Your Volvo automatic transmission won't have complete engine power being transferred to it if the flax plate is damaged or broken.

The Failure of An Electrical Component

Detecting a damaged or burnt out fuse or problems with a vehicle speed sensor is bad enough. But electric component failure, where transmissions are concerned, is considered even worse. Because the transmission is controlled by the electric circuit, if it goes out, proper working of a transmission will not be allowed. This must be taken care of ASAP.

A Transmission That Slips

Let's say you're driving along, minding your own business, when suddenly, without any warning or for any apparent reason, your car shifts into another gear. What's going on? Or, perhaps, from underneath the vehicle, you hear an unusual sound. You might be feeling that not enough power is coming through your vehicle. All of these could signal a problem in the Volvo automatic transmission line. It may be torn or worn. If this happens, get your vehicle checked out.

And Most Commonly – Transmission Fluid (Leaks and the Level)

Yes, this is the most typical problem on the list. And one of the easiest to solve. If, underneath your vehicle, you should spot black or red liquid on the garage floor or ground, you may have a fluid leak. Don't panic but do immediately make an appointment to get your vehicle checked.

And check your manufacturer’s specifications. There will likely be a suggestion as to how often you should check the fluid and filter (and change them) in your automobile. Lots of transmission problems can be prevented by doing this.

Of course, nothing is written in stone that any of the above will eventually occur with your transmission. But it's good to have an idea of some things to watch for, just in case.