Keep Your Transmission Shifting With These Simple Tips

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What does the TRANSMISSION do?

Your vehicle’s transmission is responsible for helping your vehicle move by allowing the engine to turn the wheels.

A transmission is also responsible for the shifting of gears. To keep your vehicle running smoothly, it’s important that you keep your transmission healthy by taking proactive measures to prevent premature wear and tear.

If your transmission goes bad, you may notice that the engine revs but the wheels won’t turn well or that your car lurches or barely moves when you push the gas pedal.

Our goal with these tips is to save you money by keeping your transmission healthy!

 

Tip #1 -

Check the fluid color

 

Routine maintenance is crucial to long-term performance.

We recommend changing your automatic transmission fluid every 15,000 miles or every other year.

Check the transmission fluid regularly, about every 1,500 miles.

Low fluid could mean future problems, so address low transmission fluid immediately.  A seal replacement might fix the problem and save you thousands of dollars in repairs!

Make sure to use the proper fluid for your vehicle.  Some newer fluids are more expensive but they will also likely improve the protection of the transmission, which is worth the cost.

Don’t overfill the transmission.  Follow your manual carefully.  Overfilling can cause fluid to foam, which can lead to erratic shifting and potential transmission damage.

 

 

Tip #2 - 

Avoid excess heat in your transmission.
Research suggests that 90% of transmission failures are caused by heat.

Overloading your vehicle or towing too much weight is a common way to overwork your transmission causing it to overheat.
Don’t tow in overdrive.  Look for a button on the dash or steering column that turns overdrive off.
If your vehicle doesn’t have this O/D OFF button, it probably has the overdrive position on the shift indicator.
Pull the shift lever from overdrive to the drive position before towing.
For those who have to tow often we also suggest installing an auxiliary cooler.
An auxiliary cooler can save your transmission from the damage done by excess heat.  When properly installed they may help your transmission to run 30% to 50% cooler when towing. This investment could save you hundreds of dollars.

Tip #3 -

Stop completely before shifting.

We’ve all backed out of a parking spot and shifted to drive a bit prematurely—then we panic when we hear that dreadful “engine drop” AKA  a loud “thunk”.

Coming to a complete stop between gears will avoid that undue strain.

Avoid rocking between gears if your vehicle becomes stuck in mud or on ice.
If you must rock, do so as gently as possible and make sure the wheels have stopped moving before each gear change.
This will drastically reduce the strain placed on the transmission.

 

 

 

Tip #4 -

Not much explanation needed on this tip.  Simply, don’t ride the brake. 

Driving with your foot on the brake pedal means your transmission has to work harder.

Not to mention you are decreasing the life of your brakes as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip #5 -

Always use your emergency brake when parking on an incline.

Proper engagement of the parking brake is to set it AFTER you put the car in PARK but BEFORE you release the BRAKE pedal.

This reduces stress on the parking pawl (pin) and linkage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion -

Play it safe!

Get any potential trouble looked at promptly by a professional.    Bring it to us to check it over!

Have you noticed subtle changes in the way your vehicle drives and/or shifts gears?  Bring it to us to check it over!

Do you feel a delay, shuddering, slipping or hear any noises while the vehicle is shifting?  Bring it to us to check it over!

Have you noticed a leak under your vehicle that is reddish in color?  Bring it to us to check it over!

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