How You Can Extend The Life Of Your Transmission

Your vehicle's transmission isn't something you think about often. Unlike an oil change, transmission fluid changes are usually done around every 100,000 miles - though most mechanics recommend changing it closer to 50,000 - and it's usually done during a routine inspection. So, it's usually easy to forget to take proper care of it. That is until it breaks and you're suddenly staring at a hefty bill. Keep reading to find out what small things you do that make a big impact in prolonging the life of your transmission.

Check your fluids regularly

Checking your transmission fluid level is a no-brainer, but if you don't know what you're looking for then it does you little good. You should check your fluid level about every month, or every time you change your oil, if you don't drive frequently. The transmission fluid should be clear with a pink tint or red. If you notice dark coloration or that your levels are low then it's time for a change.

Take it easy

There are a number of small bad habits you might have fallen into that are slowly eating away at the lifespan of your transmission. For instance, if your vehicle is a manual or has a manual mode, don't drive at high speeds in first gear - make sure you're in the correct gear.

  • Keep the towing to a minimum. Unless your vehicle was built with towing in mind, towing extra loads leads to more stress on your vehicle's transmission. If you have to tow something, make sure your vehicle isn't in overdrive when doing it.

  • Don't ride your brakes. Try to keep a mental note of how often you find yourself applying your brakes and adjust your driving habits accordingly.

  • Don't shift gears while moving. Make sure your vehicle is at a complete stop before switching to reverse.

If you notice issues, get them checked out right away

Like most things in life, ignoring issues tends to only make them worse. Make sure you check your owner's manual for the proper maintenance schedule and adhere to it so you can spot potential hazards ahead of time. It may cost a bit more upfront but it will save you more in the long run.

Cheapest way to pay for transmission repairs it to prevent them from happening in the first place. Keep these tips in mind to keep your transmission in peak condition. For more information, talk to a professional like  B G & S Transmissions.