Of all the of a car’s components and systems, the transmission is one of the things – along with the engine – that makes people recoil when problems are pointed out to it by a mechanic. Without even knowing how they work exactly, most people know that any repair done to it can potentially be expensive. Additionally, the news of a faulty transmission is often followed by car owners wondering what could have been done to have avoided the problem. The good news is that if you have not experienced major problems with your transmission there are things you can do to decrease the chance that you will be having “that” conversation with your mechanic.
Get Your Transmission Serviced Regularly: Whether your vehicle has a manual or automatic transmission, scheduling regular maintenance for your vehicle may help to prevent a serious problem from developing in the future. The frequency of these checkups depends somewhat on how tough you are on your transmission and your driving habits. You should probably have the transmission checked by qualified professionals at least every 15,000 miles or so.
Check Fluid Levels Constantly: Transmission fluid lubricates the components parts of your transmission and in an automatic transmission it also serves as coolant. This is why you should routinely check your transmission’s fluid levels. Park the car for a time after driving it and use the transmission dip stick to check how much fluid is left as well as the color of the fluid. If the fluid level is below the “warm” line, it may be time for a refill. Transmission fluid that is nearly black in color may indicate a problem, as transmission fluid tends to be reddish in color. At our transmission shop in Houston we can help determine if the color indicates a serious problem and whether or not a flush is needed.
Put in an Auxiliary Cooler: An excellent way to insure that your transmission does not overheat is to have an auxiliary cooler installed. Excessive heat can damage your transmission and most cars do not come with one already built in.
Stop before changing gears: Some people are in the habit of shifting into drive before coming to a full stop. This habit can damage your transmission over time.
Don’t ride the break: Keeping your foot on the gas and break simultaneously can hurt your transmission. By doing so you are forcing your transmission to work twice as hard and thus creating more wear and tear to it.
Finally, extending the life of your transmission is something that should be a high priority for all drivers especially those wishing to avoid repair or replacement cost. If a serious problem should develop, cultivating a relationship with trustworthy professionals such as those at Mr. Transmission in Houston could prove highly beneficial.