Transmission problems might be minor and disrupt your day, or they can upset your entire life and cost thousands of dollars, so here are five ways to avoid them.
Perhaps even more important than avoiding transmission problems is avoiding big transmission problems. If you own your vehicle for long enough, you’re bound to encounter some kind of transmission problem, even if you do everything right. What’s important is not to ignore those problems.
If the check engine light illuminates on your dashboard, it’s wise to, well, check your engine. Don’t just drive around with it lit up for weeks on end. Similarly, if you see a puddle of reddish liquid underneath your vehicle, you should get your transmission checked for a leak. Transmission problems are always easier—and cheaper—to fix earlier than later.
Some might consider checking your transmission fluid monthly to be excessive. But there’s no downside to doing it and it takes hardly any time, especially with models with dipsticks. Just check the level on the dipstick and if it’s low, top it up. If you have to top up your fluid every month, something is probably wrong.
Bring your vehicle into a transmission shop to have it checked out. Also, check the quality of your fluid. Good transmission fluid is largely odourless and translucent with a reddish, or sometimes greenish, hue.
The above instructions are for automatic transmissions.Manual transmissions might not use automatic transmission fluid, but rather transmission oil, gear oil, or motor oil. Also, there are many benefits to using synthetic transmission fluid over the traditional kind. Your vehicle’s owner manual might have a recommended transmission fluid or oil to use. If you’re unsure, come to Mister Transmission and our technicians can advise you on what’s best for your transmission.
Transmissions run hot, but they don’t like to get too hot. Try to avoid overheating your transmission. Consider installing an auxiliary cooler. If you use your vehicle for towing, don’t tow in overdrive.
Whether you suspect you have a transmission problem or just want a routine inspection, we can help. The Mister Transmission Multi-Check Inspection is an exhaustive service that can find any transmission problem.
At Mister Transmission, we can solve any transmission problem you may have. Please get in touch with us today to schedule a transmission inspection, maintenance service, or repair.