Everything you Need to Know to Prolong the Life of Your Vehicle’s Transmission
Repairing or replacing your vehicle’s transmission can be expensive. And what’s more, if your transmission fails when you are driving, it can be incredibly dangerous. To help you keep your transmission in tip-top shape and improve its longevity, it’s recommended that you perform routine preventative maintenance service on your vehicle’s transmission and engine at the interval recommended by the manufacturer. Here are some preventative maintenance tips that shouldn’t be ignored.
Check Your Transmission Fluid
While your vehicle’s transmission fluid probably isn’t changed on a regular basis, it can be one of the immediate causes of transmission failure. To mitigate this reason for transmission decline, your transmission fluid level should be checked on a periodic basis. When the level starts to get low, you can fill it slightly, but be careful to make sure it doesn’t overflow, which can cause damage. If you’re not sure what type of fluid to get for your transmission, read your owner’s manual or have your vehicle serviced by a professional – if you choose the wrong transmission fluid, the damage could be severe!
Keep an Eye Out for Any Warning Signs
The earlier that you catch a potential problem and repair it, the smaller your risk of a major—and expensive—problem occurring later on. Things to keep an eye and ear out for include:
- Strange sounds, including squealing or grinding;
- A burning odor;
- Sounds, smells, or resistance when switching gears.
If you notice any of the above, you should stop driving and schedule an appointment with a transmission expert as soon as possible.
Keep Your Clutch Pedal Maintained
Finally, the third thing that you can do as part of transmission preventative maintenance is to keep your clutch pedal maintained by getting your clutch pedal adjusted on a regular basis. This is especially true for older vehicles; over time, your clutch pedal’s cable can slip, bringing the clutch out of gear. Unless you have it properly adjusted periodically, the clutch pedal can wear out, and your transmission will suffer as a result.
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At My Transmission Expert, our professional team has experience maintaining, replacing, and repairing:
- Automatic transmissions;
- Manual and stick shift transmissions;
- Transmission fluid;
- U-joints; and
Whatever your transmission needs, we are confident that we can help you. Contact us online to learn more or call us directly to schedule an appointment.