CAR TRANSMISSION HEALTH: 6 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Paying for car repairs isn’t fun.
In the world of vehicle maintenance and repair, there are some fixes that aren’t too expensive and others that will essentially break the bank.
Your transmission is intricate and can be tricky to diagnose and treat.
It’s in your best interest to do everything you can to make sure it keeps working as it should.
Here’s what you can do.
Check the transmission fluid frequently.
You’ll want to pay attention to the color, the level, and the smell.
It’s a good rule of thumb to check it approximately every 1,000 miles.
Change it every 50,000 miles or every other year – whichever comes first.
Don’t forget that your vehicle owner’s manual will have valuable info about this, too.
Use the right fluid.
There are different kinds of transmission fluid.
Though the newer fluids are a little more costly, they may offer more protection for your transmission.
This makes them well worth the extra investment.
Manage the heat
Did you know that 90% of transmission failures are caused by heat?
Clearly, it’s not something to take lightly.
Keeping the transmission at an acceptable temperature will protect its life.
You can do this by making sure it always has enough of the right kind of fluid.
Give your car time to warm up
Spring mornings can be chilly.
Give your vehicle adequate time to warm up before taking off.
Thirty seconds to a minute should be enough for mildly cool temps.
Don’t overfill the transmission fluid
When it’s time to add fluid, it’s critical that you defer to your owner’s manual.
Overfilling could have dire consequences and – in extreme cases – cause irreparable damage to your transmission.
Don’t wait to address issues
One of the best ways to protect the life of your transmission is to take care of any problems right away.
Follow a regular maintenance schedule and get in to see a mechanic right away at the first sign of trouble.
When it’s time for a new ride…
Sometimes issues can’t be fixed or the damage to your transmission is so extensive that it’s not financially worth it.
When you’re ready to choose a new vehicle, come and talk to the friendly, knowledgeable sales staff at Serra Chevy.
We’re happy to help you find the just-right car you need.