How To Avoid Major Transmission Problems

Last Updated on July 25, 2016 by Amir Arif

A while back, we revealed three of the most common symptoms of transmission problems. If you experience any of the symptoms, we would suggest getting your car to a mechanic, quick! However, how do you prevent these issues taking hold? In today’s guide, we’re going to run through a few preventative strategies to make sure you avoid transmission problems. Let’s take a closer look.

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Check your fluids

First of all, an easy one. You should check all your car fluids on a regular basis, including transmission fluids. Look at the level, first, and also check the color and smell. In an ideal world, you should take a quick glimpse and a sniff every 1-1,500 miles or so. Also, change your transmission fluid every 80,000 miles. Finally, it’s vital that you use the correct fluid – they can vary between vehicles, so check your owner’s manual for the full detail.

Overall maintenance

Cars work because everything links together in a smooth way. So, make sure you look after your vehicle as best you can. Regular maintenance for all aspects of your car is essential – don’t just focus on the transmission. If, say, an engine part goes faulty; it can often have a much bigger impact on the rest of the vehicle.

Watch your heat

Transmission takes a severe battering from too much heat. Overheating engines, lack of oil and even the temperature of the sun can have an adverse impact on your vehicle. If you feel as if your car is overheating, ensure you stop your car safely and leave the engine off until it cools down to normal temperature. You can even think about installing an auxiliary cooler in your car – it could end up saving you thousands of dollars in repair work.

Act quickly

If you notice peculiar things happening to your car, it could be a sign of transmission failure. Repair experts Transmission Shop say these can range from a jerking car to a surging engine. It is vital to move fast and get your car to a professional in these cases. It will prevent any further damage from taking place and reduce the cost of that repair.

Drive like an adult

We’ve all seen boy racers wheel spinning away from junctions, or making high performance starts. Avoid them – and leave them for the racing drivers. Both actions can cause severe damage to your transmission that can end up costing you a fortune. All those youngsters might well mock the older generations who drive gently. But, they are going to be in for a nasty shock when they see their garage bills for transmission repair.

Tow carefully

If you ever have to pull another car, be careful that you don’t overload. All that extra weight causes severe strain on your transmission, and it will lead to bigger problems. In fact, there’s every chance that someone will have to tow your vehicle! Just take it easy, slowly, and never overload. OK, so that’s all we have time for right now. Hope this helps you avoid any expensive transmission problems!

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