Vehicles are expensive. If you own one, you want to take care of it as best you can. Apart from the cost of having to have your vehicle repaired or having components replaced when things go wrong, there’s the cost of time, as well. Car troubles never seem to come at a good time and many of us rely on our vehicles to get through our daily lives. All of this is to say, you want to avoid car problems as much as possible.
This is doubly true of your transmission. Transmissions are big, complicated, and integral to your vehicle’s operation. As such, transmissions are expensive. You need a transmission to make your car go and yet there is so much that can go wrong with a transmission due to its complicated nature. Anything you can do to keep your transmission working properly and working for longer will save you money and headaches. Here are five ways to extend the life of your transmission.
1. Drive Easy
The first thing you can do to extend the life of your transmission is to take it easy. There’s no need to shift gears hard. Come to a complete stop before shifting from drive to reverse or vice versa. On cold days it can take about five kilometers for your transmission to properly warm up. Drive easy at first.
2. Check Your Transmission Fluid
Without transmission fluid your transmission won’t work. Furthermore, if something is wrong with your transmission, you will almost certainly see evidence of it in your transmission fluid. Make sure your fluid is up to the correct level; insufficient fluid can cause your transmission to overheat. Also, give it a sniff and an inspection. Damaged transmission fluid smells bad and has an opaque colour as opposed to the desirable reddish, translucent hue. You should check your transmission fluid every month.
3. Get Your Transmission Serviced Regularly
Regular service of your transmission is also key to extending its life. You should get your transmission serviced about every 50,000 kms or every two years, whichever comes first. What goes into transmission service? Typically, transmission service consists of draining old transmission fluid, replacing the filter, cleaning the transmission pan, and putting in new fluid. Some people are comfortable doing this themselves while others prefer to avoid the hassle by letting a transmission repair shop take care of it. Some models of transmission are easier to service than others. If you have any doubts, you should leave it to the professionals.
4. Use Synthetic Transmission Fluid
Synthetic transmission fluid is often superior to the traditional variety. Every transmission is different, though. However, many transmissions benefit from synthetic fluid. Ask your local Mister Transmission experts if synthetic fluid is right for your type of transmission.
5. Stay Cool
Transmissions like to be cool. But they often get hot. What can you do to keep yours cool? First, basic cooling maintenance. About every other year you should ask your transmission technicians to replace the antifreeze, check for leaks and damage, change the hoses, and perform a radiator cap pressure test. You may also want to add an external cooler to help keep your transmission cool if you are towing anything as well.
For more tips on how to extend the life of your transmission, please contact us.
There are two types of motorists out there: those that don’t give a second thought to what kind of transmission is in their model of vehicle, and those that spend hours exhaustively researching every component in their vehicle or the vehicle which they are considering purchasing. With all the contradictory information available on the internet, the person who spends all the time researching might end up as confused and lost as the person who did no research. But don’t worry. We at Mister Transmission are here to help. For example, if you drive a Dodge, what do you need to know about your transmission? Do Dodge transmissions require a special service?
Dodge is a brand of American automobile manufactured by FCA US LLC (Chrysler). It was founded in Auburn Hills, MI, by the Dodge brothers in 1900, making Dodge one of the first American automobile manufacturers. Dodge was acquired by Chrysler in 1928 and some of their most popular models include the Ram Pickup, the Grand Caravan, the Challenger, the Charger, and the Durango.
Dodge Automatic Transmissions
Dodge automatic transmissions use sensors to determine when they should shift gears and then changes gears accordingly by using internal transmission fluid pressure. An interesting fact is that automatic transmissions have to be momentarily disengaged from the engine internally in order to shift gears, an automatic transmission’s different speeds are attained by creating different gear ratios. The key component in this for Dodge transmissions, as with all transmissions, is the torque converter which transfers power from the engine to the transmission via “fluid coupling”. For this process to work properly, you need the full amount of automatic transmission fluid. Again, this is not unique to Dodge transmission service, but you should regularly check your transmission fluid levels.
Dodge Transmission Service
Dodge transmissions might require service for a number of reasons. However, the most common cause of failure in Dodge transmissions is a malfunctioning torque converter. Torque converters that are not functioning properly can cause shifting problems. The torque converter in a Dodge transmission (or indeed, any automatic transmission) fulfills the same role as the clutch does in a manual transmission. The torque converter controls how much fluid is passed on to the transmission and allows your engine to continue running while at a full stop.
If you suspect the torque converter in your Dodge transmission is malfunctioning, don’t delay bringing it in for a transmission service. Without a transmission service, the torque converter in your Dodge transmission will repeatedly fail for weeks, or maybe even months, but it will eventually completely break down. If this happens, the transmission fluid in your Dodge transmission can get contaminated with metal debris, which in turn might cause serious damage to your transmission. If this happens, your Dodge transmission will need a more extensive repair or even a complete rebuild.
Symptoms Of Problems With Dodge Transmissions
Some signs that the torque converter or any other component of your Dodge transmission requires service include:
Transmission slipping, grinding, or jumping during acceleration when the car is shifting gears
Transmission fluid is important. Without transmission fluid, your vehicle won’t move. If you have an insufficient amount of transmission fluid, you’re going to have problems. To avoid transmission problems, there are a few things you should know about transmission fluid. Here are six facts about transmission fluid.
1). Transmission Fluid is Automatic Transmission Fluid
The term “transmission fluid” is actually a shorthand for “automatic transmission fluid”. When we talk about transmission fluid and how it works, we are speaking specifically of automatic transmission vehicles. Standard transmission vehicles use a variety of different transmission fluids mostly a heaver consistency.
2). You Should Check your Transmission Fluid
There is no transmission problem that cannot be caused or exacerbated by an insufficient level of transmission fluid. If you don’t have enough transmission fluid in your vehicle, you’re going to have problems. That is why if you see patches of reddish liquid underneath where your vehicle was just parked, you should bring your vehicle to a mister transmission shop as soon as possible to reseal any transmission leaks. Furthermore, you should get your transmission fluid levels checked regularly.
3). Quantity and Quality
When you check your transmission fluid levels, don’t just check for the quantity of transmission fluid you have. Check the quality of your transmission fluid, as well. Burned or otherwise damaged transmission fluid can be just as bad for your transmission as low levels of fluid. Damaged transmission fluid also suggests there is something wrong with your transmission such that it is damaging your fluid, so if you see damaged fluid, bring your transmission in for inspection.
How can you tell if your transmission fluid is damaged? Transmission fluid in good working order will have a clear, reddish hue and be odorless. The more opaque your fluid, the worse your damage. If your transmission fluid has an unpleasant smell, that is another bad sign.
4). The Type of Transmission Fluid Matters
There are many different types of transmission fluids out there. Each is better suited for certain transmissions than they are others. Always check your vehicle’s manufacturer’s recommendations to get the best transmission fluid for your vehicle.
5). Synthetic Transmissions
Synthetic transmission fluid has changed the game somewhat. Synthetic transmission fluids are superior to more traditional types of transmission fluid. This is true specifically for newer vehicles. Unless you’re driving a particularly old vehicle, it will probably require you to use a synthetic transmission fluid.
6). Transmission Service
Transmission flushes are necessary when you have a significant amount of damaged transmission fluid in your transmission. But what about otherwise? Are regular transmission services necessary? The answer is: yes. You can’t expect to drive your vehicle forever with the same transmission fluid. But whether your fluid needs to be serviced every 50,000 km or every 150,000 km depends on your vehicle, its age, how often you drive it, where you drive it, and other factors. That’s why it’s best to consult a mister transmission expert.
Whenever the transmission in our vehicle acts up or stops working, we bemoan our rotten luck. “Oh, great”, we think, “Now I got to deal with this.” But as we stand by the side of the road cursing a blue streak about our misfortune, it’s often the case that, actually, we’re partly to blame for this. And deep down, we know this, even if we don’t want to admit it.
Of course, you can do everything right, and treat your vehicle properly, and it can still break down on you. If you drive your vehicle for long enough, you will invariable incur problems. But it’s far more frequent that our transmission requires a repair partly because we neglected it in some way. And don’t worry, we’re not here to shame you. We all lead busy lives and the health of our transmission is rarely at the forefront of our minds. But, if you do treat your transmission correctly, you can avoid big (and costly) problems in the future. Here are five of the most common mistakes that can ruin your transmission.
Neglecting Your Transmission Fluid
If you do any reading about transmissions, you will quickly discover that transmission fluid is pretty important. All automatic transmissions require transmission fluid. Manual transmissions commonly use transmission oil. If your automatic transmission fluid levels are insufficient, you’re going to have problems. Make it a habit to check your transmission fluid regularly. If the levels are low, top it up. Furthermore, inspect the fluid. Transmission fluid in good condition should be clear with a reddish hue and should have no prominent odor. The darker the fluid and the fouler the smell, the likelier it is that you have a problem that requires transmission service.
Using the Wrong Type of Transmission Fluid
You can also use the wrong type of transmission fluid. This is another common mistake. Using the wrong fluid means you’re not getting the most out of your transmission and can, over time, have a deleterious effect on it. Synthetic transmissions are generally the better kind of fluid, but every transmission is different. Next time you bring your transmission in for service, ask the technician which fluid is best for your transmission.
Letting Your Transmission Overheat
If the fluid inside your transmission gets too hot, then not only can it not do its job properly, it actively damages the transmission as it’s running. Transmission overheating can be caused by a number of problems. Primary among them is, again, bad (or a lack of) transmission fluid. Other factors that can contribute to overheating include transmission slipping, a defective solenoid pack, if your vehicle is involved in heavy towing, lots of stop and go driving, or a hot climate.
Going Too Fast Too Furious
Conversely, cold climates can also harm your transmission. You need to let your transmission warm up a bit before driving hard. Going hard without first giving your transmission a chance to warm up can really take a toll on it. If you want to avoid needing extra transmission service, take it easy.
Neglecting Transmission Service
Transmissions require regular service. You should bring your transmission in for service at least every other year. If you’re behind on your transmission service, please contact Mister Transmission today.
Transmission maintenance is the single most important factor in lengthening the life of your transmission. Like most things in life, if you don’t take care of your transmission, it won’t last very long. But how do you get the most out of your transmission? How can you keep it performing at peak efficiency? Here are 10 transmission maintenance tips.
Regularly Check your Transmission Fluid
Transmission fluid is the lifeblood of the automatic transmission. Without transmission fluid, your transmission won’t work. There is no transmission problem that can’t be caused or at least worsened by insufficient levels of transmission fluid. In order to maintain a working transmission, it must be well lubricated, so get that dipstick out every month or two and check your transmission fluid.
Check your Transmission Oil
A big manual transmission maintenance routine will be to check your transmission oil. Fluid is for automatic transmissions, manual transmissions typically use transmission oil. The same principle applies.
Transmission Fluid Quality
It’s not just about quantity with transmission fluid. Good transmission maintenance means checking for fluid quality, too. Damaged transmission fluid can be a sign that something is wrong within your transmission and it can cause more problems itself. Damaged transmission fluid is often opaque, rather than the clear-ish red colour it should be, and it sometimes smells foul.
Service your Transmission Fluid
If your transmission fluid is damaged, it should be serviced. Even if it doesn’t seem that damaged. Transmission fluid should be serviced at regular intervals. Maybe. Some auto manufacturers claim that their transmission fluid never needs to be serviced. These claims should be treated skeptically. Talk to your technician about if and when your transmission fluid should be changed.
Look for Problems
A big part of transmission maintenance is looking for problems before they become big problems. For example, look for transmission fluid under your parked vehicle now and then. Any leaks will have to be re-sealed.
Listen for Problems
Some problems can be heard rather than seen. Listen for whining when your vehicle is in neutral or clunking and banging when you shift gears. These are sounds of trouble.
Feel for Problems
The aforementioned sounds are often accompanied by things you can feel. If your transmission grinds or clunks when you shift gears, you have a transmission problem.
We cannot stress this enough. When you see that transmission fluid on your driveway, when you hear that whining in neutral, or when you feel those gears grinding, take your vehicle into a mister transmission for a free Multi-Check Inspection. The longer you wait, the worse the problem can get.
Be Proactive, Not Reactive
Better than waiting for something to go wrong, bring your vehicle into a mister transmission shop for regular transmission maintenance. That’s the difference between transmission maintenance and repair. Transmission technicians can spot problems better than you can. Coming in for routine transmission maintenance means you can nip those small problems in the bud and increase your chances of avoiding major transmission repairs.
Choose the Right Transmission Shop
Your transmission maintenance is only as good as the transmission shop who performs it. At Mister Transmission, we pride ourselves on our transmission maintenance. The Mister Transmission Multi-Check Inspection is the most comprehensive transmission maintenance you will find. To learn more about transmission maintenance, please contact us.
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