16 Sep 10 Tips to Prolong Transmission Life
Ten ways to prolong transmission life
Here is our way of giving you a head up on what you can do you to, not only prolong transmission life but, to also get the most out of your investment.
- Check your transmission fluid regularly and properly. (for help with your specific vehicle, see your owner’s manual)
- Check your transmission fluid after running hot. Stop and go traffic, hilly terrain, hot weather, or towing can build up excess transmission heat causing fluid to be lost, damaged, or both. Check the fluid no later than your next stop for gasoline.
- Install an external cooler in high stress conditions. Towing a trailer, hauling heavy loads or being stuck in traffic often creates excessive transmission heat. An external transmission cooler will help to bring the temperature down to a normal operating level, adding significantly to the life of the transmission.
- Change your transmission fluid more often in high stress conditions. Transmission fluid cools, cleans, and lubricates the internal transmission parts while providing the hydraulic pressure to make all of the components work together. When the fluid loses its ability to perform those tasks efficiently trouble can’t be far away. Any of the conditions in items 2&3 above will shorten the effective life of your transmission fluid. In those cases, change the fluid a minimum of twice a year (unless otherwise specified in the owner’s manual).
- Check any malfunctions promptly. Repair bills tend to rise in proportion to mileage driven after the first signs of trouble. The longer you drive with a malfunctioning transmission, the more damage you may cause, and the more money it may cost you.
- Have the transmission linkage and other adjustments checked periodically. Especially after the vehicle has been in an accident or has had any major engine work performed.
- Keep your engine properly tuned. A poor running engine can, at times, display symptoms similar to a transmission problem.
- Have other drive-train components that may affect transmission function checked regularly. Drive-shafts and their universal joints, drive-axles and their constant velocity joints, engine flywheels or flex-plates, computer system and sensors, radiator and cooling lines to the transmission, engine and transmission mountings can cause problems.
- Have your vehicle’s cooling system checked twice a year for leaks, proper coolant level and strength. Antifreeze can deteriorate over time causing it to become ineffective creating overheating or freeze-up conditions.
- Take your vehicle for a complete physical check up at least once a year. To Keep with the trend and prolong transmission life preemptively. This should include all safety components such as lights, brakes and steering. Remember that a poor running engine or certain transmission problems can be a safety hazard.
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