The transmission is one of the most important components in your vehicle .It basically transfers power from the engine to the wheels and can cause serious damage to other parts if problems go undetected. However, most vehicle owners tend to completely forget about until issues develop. Here’s what you should do to maintain your transmission.
- Check the transmission fluid regularly
The transmission fluid serves two main purposes – it lubricates and cools the machinery in the transmission, in turn allowing your car to run properly. Low fluid levels can degrade and gradually damage your transmission, so it is important to inspect routinely and fill up if low. In case of leaks, try to have it fixed as soon as possible.
- Tune the engine
The engine and transmission in the modern car are linked more closely than was the case in the past. What this means is that, if your vehicle’s engine has an issue, it is likely to put more stress on the transmission than it would if it was running properly. You should regularly maintain your car’s engine so that it stays in good running order. That way, the strain on your transmission will be reduced and it can last longer.
- Watch out for changes
Try to be on the lookout for changes in your car’s driving characteristics. If you notice slippage, any strange noises or early/late shifting, have a qualified repair man diagnose it immediately. You will also want to check for any warning light or leakage. By taking action as soon as possible, you can help avoid further damage and save money.
- Allow your car to warm
Even if you leave your vehicle in the garage but temperatures are below freezing, you’ll need to give it a few minutes to warm up before you drive. The fluids within the car tend to thicken at very low temperatures, making it difficult for them to reach the transmission as well as other necessary components (which can result in damage). Letting the vehicle idle for some time will allow the fluids to warm and reach the appropriate systems when you step on the gas pedal.