Your transmission health is vital to the performance and lifespan of your vehicle. Not properly maintaining or monitoring it could end up costing you a lot of time and money down the road. A vehicle with a healthy automatic transmission is a safer vehicle and a more reliable one for sure.
Find a good repair shop that has the expertise and knowledge to fully treat your vehicle’s transmission. Fortunately, there are some simple maintenance items that you, or your auto repair shop, can do to ensure that your vehicle’s transmission is in tip-top shape and avoid jaw-dropping auto repair costs!
- Check your transmission fluid periodically. Honestly, checking your transmission fluid is as easy as checking your oil. While the engine is idling, pull out the dipstick, wipe it off, insert it again, wait, then pull it out for an accurate reading. If the level is low, you could have a leak! The fluid should be a bright red color and it should smell sweet. If it is dark in color or smells like rotting fish, bring your vehicle to one of our transmission repair specialists immediately!
- Check the type of transmission fluid being used. It should always match the recommendation in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
- Your engine’s cooling system should be maintained or serviced, as well. This will help prevent the engine from overheating, and will also ensure that the transmission fluid pumped through your gearbox is also properly cooled too.
- Transmission flushes should be done regularly – and by a professional. How long the transmission fluid in your car will last, depends on the vehicle’s operating temperature and how much driving you do.
- Avoid changing gears while your vehicle is moving. Always be sure that your car has come to a complete stop before changing the gears. It puts too much strain on your transmission and could lead to a serious, costly problem.
- Let your vehicle warm up before driving off, especially in the colder months.
- Don’t drive on a spare tire for a long time. Mismatched tire sizes will damage many components; wheel alignment and unnecessary strain on the transmission.
- Change the transmission filter routinely. Even automatic transmissions may have a filter and should be changed.
- Avoid using your car to tow heavy loads.
- Have an annual transmission inspection. This is such smart preventative maintenance!
Our auto mechanics are ready to give your transmission a thorough inspection. We want your vehicle to be safe, reliable and last you a long time. A transmission repair is never cheap – let’s avoid the repair and focus on the maintenance instead!