Avoid costly transmission repairs and replacement
When it comes to cars, a transmission is one of the most expensive items to replace, coming in second behind only engines. Without proper care, a transmission can fail in as little as thirty thousand miles, so it obviously makes sense to take good care of the one you have now and save yourself from having to replace your transmission in an avoidably short time. Here are ten things you can do on your own to ensure a long life to your automotive transmission:
What you need to know
- Take it easy on your brakes – Riding your brakes too hard can hurt your transmission, in the long run, so try to pay attention to how hard and sudden you brake. And, if you have a manual transmission, try to downshift whenever possible.
- Shift gears only after you stop – When shifting between gears, even if it’s just drive and reverse, make sure the car has come to a complete stop. Shifting while the car is moving can strip the gears of the transmission if you do it often enough.
- Give your car time to warm up – While this is especially important in winter, it doesn’t just apply to times of cold weather. Try to give your vehicle five minutes or so of idle time before heading out.
- Install a cooling fan – This can go a long way towards keeping your transmission from overclocking as you put your vehicle through its paces, whether it’s rough terrain or added weight.
- Keep an eye on your transmission fluid – It’s simple, but it’s also one of the most effective ways to extend the life of your transmission. It also helps technicians better identify any potential issues based on the amount or absence of fluid.
- And upgrade it to a synthetic – And while we’re talking about transmission fluid, synthetic fluids can stand up to heat better and hold their properties longer than petroleum-based fluids, so consider making the upgrade.
- Think twice before hauling heavy loads – If your vehicle wasn’t designed specifically for heavy utility, the added weight can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your transmission.
- Be aware of your gears – If you have a manual transmission, always be aware of what gear you’re driving in. If you don’t know to handle a stick shift, you could do a lot of damage to your gears.
- Have it serviced regularly – This one is pretty straightforward: keep your transmission running great by having it regularly serviced by an expert technician. We recommend getting a transmission service every 25,000 miles and try to get a transmission flush about every 40,000 miles. Come see the transmission specialists at Quic Automotive!
- Keep up with maintenance for your whole car – And really, you need to keep your whole car in fine working order. Everything in your car is connected, and a bad engine can make your transmission have to work harder than it should and wear out or break faster.
No one wants to deal with expensive repairs or replacements, so make sure to follow these tips for keeping your transmission running healthy for a long time. And when it’s in need of service, don’t delay, call Albuquerque’s transmission repair experts at (505) 271-8000.