Check Your Transmission Fluid. For most modern vehicles, checking the transmission fluid is as easy as checking the oil. While the engine is idling, pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, remove it again (wait just a moment), and then remove the dipstick again. If the fluid level is low, you may have a leak. The fluid itself should be bright red or clear, and it should have a sweet smell. If the fluid appears to be dark and dirty, or smells like rotting fish, get it to a transmission shop right away. Since this fluid does not burn off like oil does, if these levels are low, you have a leak. (Note: in some vehicle models the crankcase dipstick is located next to the transmission dipstick – be sure you are checking the correct fluid!)
Use the right type of transmission fluid! This is one of those times in which you should look at your manual for details about what type of fluid is intended for your transmission type.
Have your vehicle serviced regularly. Regularly scheduled maintenance is extremely important for the overall health of your car. Anytime your vehicle is experiencing difficulties, it could have an adverse effect on other systems in your engine. Be sure to refer to our Maintenance Schedule.
Completely stop your vehicle before shifting gears. It is very important to bring your vehicle to a complete stop before shifting from one gear to another. This premature shifting puts tremendous strain on your transmission, and over time can lead to serious damage.
Don’t drive on a spare tire for too long. Driving a vehicle with mismatched tires is acceptable for a very short amount of time – literally as long as it takes you to get a tire replacement. Driving with one tire that is smaller than the others puts additional stress on the transmission, but also on the wheel bearings, brakes, and may cause damage to your alignment.
Don’t forget to replace the transmission filter. Some cars with automatic transmissions also rely on a filter to help catch excess fluid and to regulate pressure of the fluid. These filters are not present on all automatic transmission vehicles, but if your make and model has one, be sure to have these replaced regularly.
Schedule annual transmission inspections. Much like you go to the doctor each year for a physical, your car deserves to be healthy. Having a certified transmission repair specialist inspect your transmission for leaks, the color of the fluid, and smells of the fluid preemptively may save you a great deal of upset later.
Service your engine’s cooling system regularly. The cooling system in your vehicle’s engine is responsible for ensuring that your engine does not overheat. Did you know that it is also responsible for ensuring the transmission fluid pumping through the gearbox is also cool? Making sure that your cooling system is working properly helps to protect your transmission from harmful temperatures.
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