Your vehicle’s transmission is one of its most important systems, mainly because it is about the most expensive to repair if it fails. However, you can take a few simple steps to ensure that your transmission lasts a long time, hopefully throughout the life of the vehicle.
You need to change the transmission fluid according to the interval recommended by your owner’s manual, which can be anywhere between 30,000 and 100,000 miles. Some people who do not intend to keep their vehicles for a long period of time may never change their transmission fluid. However, if you do plan to keep driving the same car for more than five to ten years, changing it is recommended.
Transmission fluid keeps moving parts in your transmission lubricated and cool. As time goes by, the parts inside the transmission begin to wear down, eventually creating small particles that can cause damage and hence a huge repair bill. Changing the fluid at the appropriate interval can prevent damage and thus wrecking your transmission.
Changing the transmission fluid is not a good do-it-yourself task. It is best left to a mechanic who has specialized equipment to examine how hot the transmission fluid is running and the ability to drain or flush and replace the fluid.
Watch for a couple of signs, to ensure that your transmission is running properly.
First, a red puddle underneath your vehicle likely indicates a leak. Take your car to a mechanic to find and repair the leak before it becomes a more serious problem.
Next, if you notice that shifting becomes more abrupt and jerky, take your vehicle in to be checked and repaired.
Make sure that you have a mechanic perform all of the scheduled maintenance tasks your owner’s manual recommends. It is better to find and fix a problem rather than to have the issue become a problem while you are on the road.
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