What You Can Do To Protect Your Transmission

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It's up to the vehicle manufacturer to design a quality transmission, but it is up to the vehicle owner to maintain it. Make sure you are doing your part. How well you take care of your transmission will directly impact the overall function and longevity of the system. Here are a handful of tips to keep you on the right track.

Drive With Care

If you want to protect your transmission, you need to drive with care. Aggressive driving is one habit to stay away from. For instance, when you're backing out of the driveway in a rush, don't switch to the drive gear while your vehicle is still moving in reverse.

You should always allow the vehicle to come to a complete stop before switching gears. Failure to do so only increases the risk of gear damage, which can be costly and catastrophic. Take your time and slow down.

Know What To Look For

Rarely does a transmission just fail. Generally, there have been several indications that there is a malfunction going on and failure is imminent. Since transmission problems are progressive, your ability to recognize that there is a problem early can save you a great deal of stress and money.

For example, if you start to notice a red colored fluid in your garage after your vehicle has been parked for a while, this can be a sign of a transmission fluid leak. Transmission fluid doesn't just offer lubrication, but it also helps keep the system from overheating. When an excessive amount of fluid has leaked out, these two critical functions aren't performed. At the first sign of a problem, have the vehicle serviced.

Review The Owner's Manual

The owner's manual doesn't just include helpful tips on how to adjust the lights or even the cool and unique features your audio system offers, it also provides valuable maintenance details. No matter how well designed the system, all transmissions will need some level of maintenance at some point.

This maintenance guideline will provide a schedule for what you should be doing. By staying on target with this schedule, you can significantly improve the lifespan of the transmission and other parts of your vehicle. If you don't have your manual, a service professional can also assist you with setting up a maintenance schedule.  

Make certain you're doing your part to maintain your transmission and take your vehicle in for repairs at the first sign of a problem.


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