There are some parts of your car where you can let maintenance slide a little. If your windshield wipers aren't clearing your windshield as well as they once did, you can let that go for a time. If you live in a colder climate and your vehicle's air conditioner goes out, it's probably not the end of the world. Likewise, if you live in a warm climate and your heat goes out, it won't cause you to loose any sleep.
But your transmission is not like those others. When it goes out, you're going nowhere. So here are five simple things you can do to help keep your transmission in good shape so it will last longer and work more efficiently.
1) Keep a Regular Check Of Your Fluid Levels
Let's start with the basics, and few things could be more basic than this. Every time you change your oil, you should be checking your transmission fluid. If you take your vehicle somewhere to have the oil changed, they'll usually do this as part of the service. It's just a routine maintenance step that has to be done.
2) Have Your Transmission Serviced Annually
It's not enough to just keep the fluid levels topped off when you get your oil checked. Periodically, you need to take the vehicle off the road specifically to have the transmission serviced. Annually is a good rule of thumb, although if you put a lot of miles on your vehicle, then you may want to consider having the transmission looked at more frequently than that. The important thing is to establish a schedule of regular maintenance and stick to it.
3) Keep the Engine Tuned
If your vehicle is experiencing problems with its engine, it can cause unnecessary strain on the transmission which can shorten its useful life and cause problems to begin creeping into the mix sooner than might otherwise be expected. Given how closely the two systems are linked, problems in one will more often than not lead to problems in the other. The sooner you address engine problems, the better off your transmission will be.
4) Add a Friction Modifier to the Fluid
New fluid can certainly help your transmission last longer, but in the times between replacement, there are a number of reasonably priced additives on the market that have the proven ability to help increase the life of your transmission. Granted, you won't find useful additives at grocery stores or do it yourself parts stores, but ask the shop where you take your car to get it serviced, and they'll be able to recommend and source some for you.
5) Address Transmission Problems Promptly
Most transmission problems start small. A little slippage here, a few drops of fluid there. Sadly, small problems left untreated quickly blossom into big problems and big problems can be expensive to fix. If you make it a point to tackle them while they're small, you can save yourself thousands of dollars over the life of your car.
The transmission of your vehicle is like any other complex system. It'll last significantly longer with common sense care and routine maintenance. Make sure it gets both.
All of our Transmission experts at Pro-Tech are highly qualified and can identify minor issues before they turn into larger ones. Bring your vehicle in today for a FREE estimate or contact us for a Rapid Quote