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March 6, 2023

Catch Transmission Issues Early Before It’s Too Late!

Your car needs a smoothly functioning transition that can spin its wheels at various speed ratios by multiplying engine torque into usable power. While the transmission experiences more wear than any of your vehicle’s mechanical components, many car owners are not inclined to deal with issues concerning their transmission. As a result, they tend to ignore transmission failure symptoms.

However, avoiding the topic won’t prevent you from experiencing transmission trouble. Alternatively, knowing the symptoms of a failing transmission before it fails will lengthen its life and help you save money on repairs or replacements.


Warning Signs of Transmission Failure

At some point, your transmission may experience issues even with a meticulous maintenance schedule. You probably know that transmission repairs don’t come cheap. Do yourself a favor by detecting issues early. Veteran Car Donations has pulled together the following warning signs of transmission failure:

  1. Unusual burning smell

The transmission fluid is responsible for lubricating the transmission’s moving parts and providing cooling to prevent the unit from burning. Some vehicles have transmissions that have their own oil cooler or mini radiator that transports heat away from the transmission unit.

If your transmission is overheating, it increases friction and corrosive activity in the engine. You’ll get a whiff of burning transmission fluid. Luckily, fixing this problem is easy. It may involve leak repair or transmission fluid flush and change.

  1. Strange noises

You may have a problem with your transmission if you hear bumping sounds and other noises when you put your car in neutral. You’re lucky if these sounds only signal a need for new transmission fluid. You’ll want a professional to do this for you to avoid causing damage due to overfilling. If the noises persist even after flushing and changing the fluid, you may need to replace your transmission unit or have your car checked out for further service.

  1. Clutch drag

Extra slack in your clutch pedal makes it difficult for the clutch disc to disengage from the flywheel each time you press it. In such cases, you won’t be able to change gears because the clutch can’t transfer the engine power to the drivetrain. A dragging clutch usually results from a mechanical failure.

You can avoid this issue by keeping your foot off the clutch when pressing your accelerator. You’ll want to use your clutch only when you need to.


Has Your Car Reached Its Retirement Age?

If your old vehicle has suffered a transmission failure along with other major issues, maybe it’s telling you that it is already due for retirement. Consider donating it to us at Veteran Car Donations. We’ll give it a fitting retirement by using it as a tool for uplifting the lives of the struggling disadvantaged veterans in your local community.

We’ll auction off your donated vehicle and use the proceeds to support the life-enhancement programs of our veteran-focused charity partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations cater to veterans who are homeless, unable to find decent jobs, and suffering from disabilities and serious illnesses, including mental health issues.

Our charity partners use the funding we give them to provide their beneficiaries with housing and financial assistance, employment and livelihood opportunities, family support, free quality health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, and many other services meant to improve their living conditions.

As our donor, you’ll be entitled to claim the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season. We’ll send you the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your car soon after its sale.

You’ll also benefit from our free pickup and towing service, which we will provide you wherever your vehicle is located in the country.

Aside from the material rewards in store for you as our donor, you’ll also be privileged to enjoy a most satisfying donating experience, knowing that your act of charity will help transform the lives of our nation’s heroes.

We accept almost all types of vehicles regardless of age or condition. Head over to this page to learn what else besides cars qualify for our donation program.

For information on our quick and easy donation process or tax deductions, head over to our FAQs page. Should you have any concerns or questions, call us through our 24/7 toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822 or leave us a message here.


Make a Difference in the Lives of Our Hurting Heroes Today!

Are you ready to support a worthy cause? It’s easy to leave a lasting impact on the lives of the suffering veterans in your community. Your car donation will go a long way in turning their lives around. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!       

Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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