Your vehicle’s automatic or manual transmission is one of the most important components in your automobile. It seems, however, that many people do not know how to properly take care of their transmission! If you happen to be one of those people who doesn’t know what your transmission needs to run better and last longer, don’t worry; we’re here for you.
As a leading transmission repair shop, our talented transmission mechanics at West Automotive have compiled the top 4 transmission care tips to help your transmission go farther:
4. Never overfill your transmission fluid. If you aren’t sure how to check or fill your transmission fluid, refer to the owner’s manual for your vehicle, or take your vehicle to your trusted transmission repair shop.
3. Check your transmission fluid level. Always make sure your transmission has enough transmission fluid, and that that fluid isn’t dirty or burnt smelling. If you have a manual transmission, this will have to be done by a transmission repair professional – unless of course you have your on automobile hoist.
2. Get a transmission flush. According to the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA), overheating is the cause of 90% of all automatic transmission failures! Many times an overheated transmission is due to worn out transmission fluids that should have been replaced. Your transmission fluid and filter should be changed every 30,000 miles, or as indicated by your owner’s manual.
1. Get your transmission checked periodically. Make sure you transmission repair specialist thoroughly checks your transmission from time to time for any signs of leaks or other transmission problems. A leak that is caught early can be repaired without needing an entirely new transmission!
These four basic transmission care tips are a great start to improving the life of your vehicle’s transmission. You make find it strange that a shop specializing in transmission repair would want to help people reduce their transmission trouble – but at West Automotive, we truly have your best interest in mind! Check back for more great car care tips in the future, or speak to any of our friendly auto repair technicians and we will be happy to help.