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Driving Tips to Help You Protect Your Transmission – Part 2

used_transmissionWe discussed maintenance steps you can take to help your transmission to last longer ( See Tips to Help You Protect Your Transmission – Part 1 ). In this post we offer some driving tips that will also help you to safeguard your transmission.

  • Make sure your vehicle is at a full stop before shifting into Reverse or Park. If you are going to be stationary for a while, shifting to Park or Neutral will help to reduce the strain on your vehicle’s transmission.

  • Turn off your overdrive when you are towing something in order to protect your transmission from excess heat generated by the extra weight. Otherwise, operate your vehicle in overdrive.
  • Don’t use your transmission for braking, for example by downshifting when exiting the freeway.
  • Always use your parking brake when parking on an incline. The parking brake has a stronger hold than merely putting your car in “Park” before turning it off, so it’s a good idea to use it every time you park your vehicle.
  • Help your vehicle shift by easing off the gas pedal slightly right before your car reaches the speed at which it normally shifts. Easing off the gas will actually force the shift at the same time it reduces the load on the clutches. Doing this on a regular basis will help to lengthen the life of your transmission.

Protecting your transmission will help you to avoid costly repairs. If you live in the Tucson, AZ, area and you do need transmission service or repair for your BMW, Audi, Mercedes, VW, or other German automobile, you will find the best service at European Auto Tech.

 

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21 Comments

  1. Sergio Freddson
    Posted March 10, 2015 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    I didn\’t know that you weren\’t supposed to downshift. Is this true as your descending a mountain and things like that? I always thought you were supposed to use lower gears to protect your brakes? Thanks for sharing your experience with us, this blog is very helpful.

  2. Dave Thompson
    Posted April 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Some of these tips are just common sense things. Most of the times the best tips are the easiest to forget. Like stopping the car fully before shifting to reverse or park. That will help protect your transmission for a lot of unnecessary wear and tare.

  3. Marc Fillion
    Posted May 5, 2015 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Interesting, thanks for the tips. These are little changes I can make every time I drive. I would like to make things easier on my transmission, since I just learned how to drive stick and I\’m not very good at. I\’m worried I\’m damaging my clutch by jerking it around so much.

  4. Kyler Brown
    Posted January 21, 2016 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    I know from painful experience that replacing a transmission is never fun. I\’m glad that I read these tips, especially since I\’m trying to coach my wife better on how to drive such that she doesn\’t destroy her transmission. The tip to ease off the gas pedal slightly right before your car reaches the speed at which it normally shifts is something that I definitely need to teach her about. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. emily bennette
    Posted January 26, 2016 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    How do you know that there you aren\’t using your transmission for braking. I don\’t think I am doing that, but I am also not sure how you would do that as well. I want to make sure that I am taking care of my car and I making sure I am not breaking it.

  6. Jeff Curtis
    Posted March 14, 2016 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the tips on protecting your transmission. It seems like the transmission is the most common expensive thing to go out in a car. I like your advice on not using the transmission for breaking. I have heard of people doing that to take off the pressure on your breaks, but I think that a transmission is much more expensive. Thanks for the helpful information!

  7. Rockford Johnson
    Posted March 24, 2016 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Cool post! Thank you for helping me know how I can protect my transmission! I like how you explained that \”Easing off the gas will actually force the shift at the same time it reduces the load on the clutches. Doing this on a regular basis will help to lengthen the life of your transmission.\” I have had my car for many years and after taking my car to the local repair shop, my transmission was working like it was brand new.

  8. Judy Wilson
    Posted March 29, 2016 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    After reading this post, I realized that there are a few driving habits that I need to change to protect my transmission. There have been a few times when I made the mistake of downshifting to exit the freeway. This seems like a habit that I need to change to protect my transmission while I\’m driving. Thanks for the tips!

  9. kiyel williams
    Posted March 30, 2016 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea simply easing off the gas as your car is about to shift could help you protect your transmission. That as well as taking off overdrive when towing. Definitely going to be passing this on to my friends who have been having some car issues lately. Thank you for the post!

  10. Tara Allen
    Posted April 7, 2016 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Getting routine checkups for your car sounds like a good way to avoid serious repairs. Your advice of not using your transmission for braking is to maintain your vehicle. I am impressed that car repairs can help your car stay in good condition for a long time.

  11. Kyler Brown
    Posted May 12, 2016 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I had to replace my transmission recently, and it was super expensive. I appreciated these tips because I want to make sure to avoid any kind of repairs like that in the future. I didn\’t realize that you need to make sure your vehicle is at a full stop before shifting into reverse or park. Thanks for sharing this!

  12. Jessie Harrison
    Posted May 17, 2016 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    My family just got a brand new transmission put into our car. We want to keep it as nice as we can because we pushed our last one a little too hard. I didn\’t know that it was bad to shift your vehicle into the park or reverse without being at a full stop. I forget to do that all the time. Thanks, I\’ll try changing some of my bad habits.

  13. Sarah Smith
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I just got a new car and it needs to have its transmission serviced so I\’m trying to find ways to protect my car in the future. Thanks for the tips about turning off overdrive when you are towing something. I\’ll have to make sure that in the future I take better care of my transmission.

  14. Lillian Moore
    Posted June 6, 2016 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    I like the suggestion to make sure your vehicle is at a full stop before shifting into reverse or park. This can hurt the gears when shifting and wear out the transmission faster. I would not have thought that quickly trying to shift would hurt the transmission. Thanks!

  15. Braden Bills
    Posted June 7, 2016 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    If only I had read this article before everything happened! I recently had my transmission give out, and I wanted to find out what I did wrong. I\’ll make sure I use my parking brake when I park on an incline from now on. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Kody Loveless
    Posted June 13, 2016 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Wow I wish I would have known to turn off the overdrive on my transmission when towing. My wife tows her horses around all the time, and I am pretty sure that\’s what caused the transmission to go out on it. It was not a cheap fix, however at least I know now what caused the transmission to go out. No more overdrive when towing. I need to let my wife know about that one.

  17. Gaston
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    I hadn\’t realized that shifting into park could help preserve a car\’s transmission. That is very good advice to receive, especially for those of us who spend a fair amount of time in heavy traffic. There are many mornings when I seem to spend as much time stopped in traffic as I do driving.

  18. Kenneth Gladman
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    I didn\’t realize that downshifting while exiting the freeway could hurt your transmission. I have always done this and it has become a habit. I will have to break this one if it is going to wear on my transmission. I know these repairs can be costly.

  19. Faylinn
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I just had my transmission replaced and am really dedicated to keeping this new one in better condition. However, I had no idea that downshifting to brake could be damaging to it. Instead of downshifting, what should I do?

    • Posted August 28, 2016 at 2:26 am | Permalink

      If it is an automatic transmission just leave it in drive, it will downshift on it’s own when either the TCU wants it to or if an earlier non-computer vehicle the transmission itself. Forcing an automatic transmission to downshift at the wrong speeds can damage it. Manual transmissions are a different story. Thanks for the question.

  20. Posted December 16, 2016 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    I like your advice to not use your transmission for braking. It really does make a big difference to try to keep your brakes in working order. One of the best ways to do that is to simply treat them like brakes. Do you have any other tips, particularly about using your transmission?

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