How to prolong the life of your car transmission

Make Your Transmission Last Longer

13 November 2015, 08:59

If you run into problems with your transmission then it is going to be something that will cost you a lot of money to repair.

However, the good news is that there are various things that you are able to do that will successfully extend the life of your transmission and it is not even that difficult to do.

So, let us see the steps you can take that will make a difference.

1. Check fluid levels

Transmission fluid keeps everything running smoothly, so it makes sense that if the fluid level is down that it will mean you are going to run into problems.

If you are not sure how to do this in your make of vehicle, then you are best to check out the manual as it will tell you in there.

Do this on a regular basis because if the level of fluid is dropping, then you are on the slippery slope to having a problem with your transmission.

2. Fix any problem immediately

When it comes to your transmission, it is amazing how often a problem with it starts out as something quite small and apparently insignificant. However, ignore it at your peril; so if a warning light appears on the dashboard or you feel that the car is not driving right, then get it checked so a minor issue does not get the chance to evolve into a major one. The main things to look out for include: strange noises coming from the engine, a burning smell, the gears grinding, and slippage. If in doubt, get it checked out.

3. Watch how you drive

If you are using manual gears, then the way you drive in general is going to have an impact on the length of time that your transmission runs smoothly.

Make sure that you change gears as smoothly as possible by pressing down the clutch far enough so that the gear does not just clunk into place.

Forcing gears will only lead to major problems if you do it on a regular basis. You also need to watch how you drive in general.

A smooth driver will always have a car that is going to last them longer than one that throws it around. Use your gears correctly and you will be suitably rewarded.

4. Get your car serviced

We recommend making sure that you get your car serviced on a regular basis because it does mean that the transmission is being checked and any minor faults are identified at an early stage.

Of course, having your car serviced is always a good idea for a number of reasons, but it will certainly help to preserve the lifespan of your transmission.

A good mechanic will check fluid levels, including the cooling system; will make sure the gears are in good working order; and will rectify any issues before they happen. You can see how this is much better than suddenly facing a huge bill just because you have ignored the warning signs.

5. Watch how you use an automatic

If you are driving an automatic, then it is surprising how many people will move from reverse into drive whilst the car is still moving.

This is a horrible thing to do for your transmission, so if you do drive an automatic, then always make sure that the car has come to a full halt before you even think about changing it into drive.

Failing to do this will lead to the transmission being forced and over time that is going to wear it down. Never try to drive an automatic like it is a manual as it will just not work and will ruin the transmission in next to no time.

Basically, what we are saying is that it does need you to listen to your car, pay attention to warning signs, and be careful with how you drive no matter if it is a manual or an automatic.

The transmission is an integral part of your vehicle and any problem with it can ultimately be rather expensive to fix. However, by being sensible you can avoid this problem and, in the process, save yourself a whole lot of money.

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