Maintain Your Automatic Transmission with These 4 Basic Tips

April 18, 2023 | By Mister Transmission

An automatic transmission is vital to modern vehicles, providing a seamless driving experience by automatically shifting gears. However, like other parts of your car, this component requires proper maintenance to function effectively and avoid costly repairs. Here are four basic tips to help you maintain your automatic transmission.

Regularly Check and Replace the Fluid

This fluid is the lifeblood of your automatic transmission and must be in good condition to ensure smooth gear changes. In the long run, it can become dirty and contaminated, which can cause damage to the part. To prevent this, you should regularly check the fluid level and quality, as specified in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

If you notice that the fluid is dark, has a burnt smell, or contains debris, it’s time to replace it. Changing the fluid is simple and inexpensive, saving you from costly repairs.

Use the Correct Type of Fluid

Using the incorrect type of fluid can cause serious damage to your automatic transmission. Different types of fluids are designed to work with specific parts. Using the wrong one can cause problems such as slippage, overheating, and even complete part failure.

Use the correct fluid type for your car to avoid these issues. If your car’s a manual, use manual fluid. If it’s an automatic, use automatic. Never mix and match. You can find this information by reading the owner’s manual or by consulting a professional mechanic.

Avoid Excessive Heat

Excessive heat is a common cause of automatic transmission failure. High temperatures can result in the fluid breaking down, leading to increased friction and wear on the components.

To avoid excessive heat, ensure your vehicle’s cooling system works correctly. You should also avoid towing heavy loads or driving in stop-and-go traffic for extended periods, as these activities can cause your transmission to overheat.

Drive Responsibly

The way you drive can also have a significant impact on the health of your automatic transmission. Aggressive driving, like sudden acceleration and hard braking, can put unnecessary stress on the component and cause it to wear out faster, costing more in the long run.

To maintain your automatic transmission, you should drive responsibly and consistently. Avoid sudden stops and starts, and maintain a consistent speed when driving on the highway. This will help reduce the wear and tear on your part and extend its lifespan.

In Closing

Maintaining your automatic transmission is essential for the longevity and performance of your vehicle. These four basic tips can help ensure your transmission stays in good condition and avoid costly repairs. Regularly checking and replacing transmission fluid, using the correct fluid type, avoiding excessive heat, and driving responsibly are all simple steps to keep your automatic transmission running smoothly.

Take Care of This Car Part with Mister Transmission

Similar to how your car’s other parts are serviced, your vehicle’s transmission also requires maintenance to ensure a long lifespan and prevent transmission issues. Our service includes a comprehensive multi-check examination of your transmission’s performance and overall function.

Further diagnostic analysis may be necessary for certain situations, such as removing, disassembling, and inspecting the transmission, which goes beyond our free multi-check inspection. The center manager will provide you with an estimation for any necessary work that exceeds the free multi-check inspection. 

Call us at (800) 373-8432 or email us at for Alberta transmission solutions today. We’re ready to give quality repairs, professional maintenance, expert service, and Canada’s Best Warranty!

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