With the transmission being one of the most complex systems found in your vehicle, it should come as no surprise that it needs proper maintenance in order for it to properly function. Although the first thought is to follow a routine maintenance schedule (a great first thought!), there are other ways for you to properly maintain your transmission, especially when your next service isn’t for a while. If you’re wondering what you can do or if you’re just looking to add to your list of tasks, the CoAuto team is here for you. Here are three simple tasks you can do to ensure your transmission is always operating at its best!
The transmission fluid is responsible for lubricating the parts within your transmission system and keeping the performance nice and smooth. To maintain this high-level of operation, it’s always good to know the condition of your fluid, and you can do this by utilizing your dipstick! When using it, pull it out and clean it of any old transmission fluid and then insert it back in. When you pull it out again, it should have a pinkish appearance and a sweet smell to it. If it’s anything other than that, it may be time to have the transmission fluid changed!
Along with that, pay attention to the fluid level. Transmission fluid isn’t consumed or burned up like motor oil, so if the fluid level drops there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a fluid leak.
This is less of a task and more of an awareness. Bad driving habits can wreak havoc on your transmission system and have you visiting our shop a lot sooner than you’d prefer. When driving, think about these things:
Give your car time to warm up
Avoid towing (unless your vehicle is designed for that)
Don’t drive on a spare tire for too long
Waiting till your vehicle is at a complete stop before changing gears
By implementing these driving habits, you’ll prolong the life of your transmission system a lot longer!
To get the best out of your transmission, it’s important that you follow a routine maintenance schedule. By regularly visiting our shop, we’ll be able to handle any problems you may not have noticed or prevent a small issue from worsening. Our technicians utilize the latest tools, components, and service techniques to ensure your transmission is working at its best!
Sure, you could do all these other maintenances tasks and tips, but nothing will ever replace a routine maintenance schedule. If your vehicle needs its next service, make sure you schedule it with the CoAuto team!