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10 Maintenance Tips to Care for Your Transmission

10 Maintenance Tips to Care for Your Transmission

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.

  • Don’t Procrastinate!

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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4 Ways to Properly Maintain Your Transmission

4 Ways to Properly Maintain Your Transmission

A properly maintained transmission can greatly enhance the efficiency and lifespan of your vehicle. A transmission in working order is crucial to the overall health of an automobile. However, transmission maintenance is not always as straightforward as other types of vehicle maintenance, such as pumping your tires or topping up your windshield washer fluid. It can be difficult to know how to properly maintain your transmission. So here are four key tips to help you with transmission maintenance.

Do Not Neglect your Transmission Fluid

Not only is a sufficient level of quality transmission fluid vital to your transmission’s operation, transmission fluid can act like a canary in a coal mine. If something is amiss with your transmission, it will likely show in your transmission fluid. Proper transmission maintenance means regularly checking your transmission fluid. If you are below the proper level, top up your fluid. If your fluid appears to be opaque and has a harsh odour to it –as opposed to being clear with a reddish hue– this means something is wrong. Take your vehicle into a transmission shop to have your transmission inspected and your fluid flushed out and replaced.

Don’t Ignore Leaks!

This one should be obvious, but far too many people neglect this rule. As discussed above, good transmission fluid is integral to proper transmission maintenance. Therefore, if you see patches of reddish transmission fluid on the pavement underneath your vehicle, do not ignore it. Even if it’s just a small amount, you need to have your transmission resealed before you lose too much fluid. Otherwise, you risk doing considerable damage to your transmission.

Don’t Shift Into Reverse While Rolling

This is one of which many of us are guilty of doing. When performing actions such as pulling out of our driveways or parking, we might be tempted to shift in and out of reverse while our vehicle is still in motion, but this is not a good practice. You should always come to a complete stop before shifting from drive to reverse. And, not that you would ever think to do this (we hope), but never try to shift from drive to reverse while travelling at speed. It would be essentially impossible in manual transmissions and many newer vehicles have built in sensors to prohibit such a move. But, in an automobile with an older automatic transmission, you’d probably just stall your engine.

Bring Your Vehicle In For Regular Transmission Maintenance

There’s only so much you can do on your own. Sure, you can take care of topping up the fluid on your own (if you feel comfortable) but transmission maintenance is really something for which you need the pros. By bringing your vehicle into a transmission shop for regular maintenance, you are ensuring two things. First, that your transmission is running properly and you’re not ignoring any problems. Second, that you are doing what you can to extend the life of your vehicle as long as possible. And that’s a good feeling.

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If you would like to bring in your vehicle for some transmission maintenance, or would like to learn more about how Mister Transmission performs transmission maintenance, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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