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Tips for Protecting Your Transmission – Part 1

used_transmissionBecause it enables your vehicle to actually move by adapting the energy output of the engine to the drive wheels, the transmission is one of the most important parts of a vehicle. Whether they know what it does or how it works, most people know that when a transmission fails, repairs or replacement are usually very costly. However, there are things that you can do to protect your transmission. This post discusses preventative maintenance steps you can take to safeguard your transmission, while the second post in the series will offer driving tips that will help your transmission to last longer and perform better.

Here are 5 tips for protecting your vehicle’s transmission:

  1. Be sure to check the transmission fluid level on a regular basis. Since transmission fluid helps to keep the gears moving smoothly without friction, keeping the fluid at the proper level is one of the most important things you can do to keep your transmission working properly. The fluid should be bright red in color, with a slightly sweet smell.
  1. Have your transmission serviced regularly. Transmission fluid wears out over time, so in order to protect your vehicle, it’s a good idea to have your transmission fluid and filter changed annually. Doing so can add years to the life of your transmission.
  1. Keep your car’s cooling system functioning properly. In addition to cooling your vehicle’s engine, the cooling system also cools the transmission fluid. Research shows that excessive heat is the main reason for around 90% of transmission failures, so it is important to keep your car’s cooling system in excellent working order. This is particularly important if your vehicle tows a trailer, carries heavy loads, or you drive over rough or mountainous terrain on a regular basis.
  1. Take care of any transmission problems as soon as possible. Typically, problems with a transmission start out small and get worse over time. Taking care of any problems you notice as soon as possible can help to eliminate the need for expensive major repairs. Don’t ignore a change in the way your vehicle shifts gears, any signs of leaking transmission fluid, or a warning light on your dashboard.
  1. Don’t try to service it yourself. Although you can check the fluid yourself, draining or changing it should be handled by a professional, especially if you have an automatic transmission. If you do decide to top off your transmission fluid, be careful not to overfill it. Overfilling can cause the fluid to foam, which will lead to damage to your transmission.

Without a doubt, the hot Arizona climate is also tough on transmissions. Experts recommend having the filter and fluid changed every 15,000 miles if you drive in heavy city traffic or when outdoor temperatures consistently exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you live in the Tucson, AZ, area and want the best transmission service and repair for your BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, or Volkswagen, look no further than European Auto Tech. Our experienced team of technicians will provide you with the highest levels of service available.

 

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20 Comments

  1. Sergio Freddson
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    These are some great tips! I think you\’re right: the transmission is not something that you can service yourself. Even if you have a moderate amount of experience, it requires so many specialty tools and assistance that it\’s usually worth taking in. As long as you have a mechanic you trust, these types of repairs shouldn\’t be an issue. Thanks for sharing your tips with us, this article was very helpful! http://www.justrightauto.com

  2. Ronald Swanson
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea that the cooling system was so important to keeping up a good transmission system. It surprises me that 90% of transmission failures are due to excess heat, when getting coolant is relatively cheap, especially compared to replacing your transmission. I\’ll have to make sure that my cooling system is properly working, and that I always have enough coolant in the system.

  3. Dave Thompson
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Just got my very first car. I know that replacing a transmission can be very expensive, so I want to take care of mine. These tips are all awesome, and I\’ll make sure I do them all to ensure that my cars transmission lasts as long as it possibly can. http://www.powershift-transmission.com/en/

  4. Lacey Rockwell
    Posted May 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    I like what you said about taking care of transmission problems as soon as possible. I just got a new car, and want it to run smoothly for as long as possible. In the past, I have had problems with my transmissions, and I don\’t want to repeat those experiences. This time around, I will be sure to take care of them as soon as possible.

  5. Zach Potter
    Posted November 12, 2015 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    The third tip on keeping your car’s cooling system functioning properly was really interesting. I had no idea how much that could effect automatic transmissions. Thank you for the informational article and the tips for protecting transmissions.

  6. Braden Bills
    Posted February 4, 2016 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Recently my van has been having some troubles. When I turn the key it makes a loud clicking sound. Based on what I\’ve read, I\’ve come to the conclusion that it\’s probably a transmission issue. Thanks for the article, it really helped me diagnose what\’s going on with my car!

  7. Nathan Johnson
    Posted February 10, 2016 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    My wife and I are searching for a new car because our last car had some major transmission issues. It made me realize that I should probably have done more to maintain the transmission. Next time, as soon as I think there is a problem with the transmission, I will take my car in to a professional! Thanks for the tips!

  8. Vicky Durrant
    Posted February 12, 2016 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    I just recently had my transmission repaired, and I want to make sure that I take good care of it! I\’m really glad that I found your post; your tips are really helpful! I especially like your tips to check my transmission fluid on a regular basis. It\’s so simple and easy to do, but so important at the same time! I\’ll be sure to regularly check my transmission fluid from now on, and fill it up when it\’s getting low. Thank you for the advice!

  9. Rachel Finn
    Posted February 18, 2016 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I didn\’t know that the cooling system affects the transmission. We have started having major transmission problems, and we also just had to fix our thermostat so our car would stop overheating. Now I\’m thinking that the overheating caused the transmission problems!

  10. Vicky Durrant
    Posted March 2, 2016 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    I just had my transmission rebuilt, and I want to make sure that I take good care of it! I\’m happy that I found your post, I thought that your tips were very helpful! I especially liked what you mentioned about checking the transmission fluid on a regular basis. I\’ll make sure that I do this, as well as refill the transmission fluid when necessary. Thank you for the advice!

  11. Jeff Curtis
    Posted March 3, 2016 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this helpful information on making your transmission last longer. I will be sure to have my transmission fluid levels checked and make sure that my transmission is looking good next time I have my car serviced. I think that having a transmission break is really expensive, so being able to avoid it with maintenance would be really good.Thanks!

  12. Judy Wilson
    Posted March 25, 2016 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Adding coolant to my car when it needs it seems like a useful tip that will keep my transmission running smoothly. I\’ll usually add transmission fluid on a regular basis, but I need to do better about checking my coolant levels. I should start doing that if it can cool my transmission fluid to keep it from overheating. Thanks for the tips!

  13. Jack Palmer
    Posted April 6, 2016 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    It makes sense that, \”Taking care of any problems you notice as soon as possible can help to eliminate the need for expensive major repairs.\” I think it would be a good goal to take action as soon as we hear something wrong with our transmission. I feel it\’s one of the most important parts of a car. If the transmission isn\’t working properly, the car isn\’t either. Thanks for the advice!

  14. David Hawkins
    Posted June 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea a cars cooling system could impact your transmission. I know that my cooler has been acting a little weird lately and that might explain the hard shifts. I\’ll have to take it down to a shop and see what transmission problems I might have. Thanks for the advice!

  15. Kyle O\'Ren
    Posted June 8, 2016 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I didn\’t know that the cooling system was so vital to your car\’s transmission. I know my car runs a little hot sometimes so it\’s probably stressful on my transmission. I\’ll have to take it in and make sure everything is running safely.

  16. Kenneth Gladman
    Posted June 24, 2016 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    I like that you mentioned not trying to handle fixing a transmission issue yourself. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about cars, but there is too much going on with a transmission. This is one thing I leave to the professionals.

  17. Kody Loveless
    Posted June 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Wow I had no idea that the cooling system for my engine also cooled my transmission. I can\’t even remember the last time I had my radiator flushed. I know that helps keep it running a little better. I really need to get that done. I don\’t want something as simple as a cooling system to blow up my transmission. I guess I will need to get that done ASAP.

  18. Lillian Schaeffer
    Posted August 1, 2016 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to have your transmission regularly serviced to keep it in good shape. I just bought my first car, and I want to make sure it stays in good condition for as long as possible. I\’ll definitely make sure to have the transmission serviced by a professional regularly to keep it running well. Thanks for the great post!

  19. Marie Watson
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    John, thanks for putting together some tips for taking care of your transmission. It makes sense that you would want to take care of any problems as soon as possible. You also make a good point about how you shouldn’t attempt any repairs yourself unless you have the proper training and experience. I will have to make sure I keep a close eye on my transmission and take my car to a professional as soon as I notice any issues.

  20. Braden Bills
    Posted November 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I want to make sure that my transmission is working properly. It makes sense that I would want to check the fluid level on a regular basis! I’ll make sure that I avoid servicing it myself, as well. I wouldn’t want to risk messing it up!

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