Transmission systems in today’s cars, trucks and vans are a complicated arrangement of mechanical, hydraulic and electrical systems that work together to ensure the engine has power and drives the wheels. Regular transmission maintenance means that your vehicle will have a longer life and helps us spot trouble before it becomes a big problem.
Because of the complex nature of the modern automatic transmission, it needs special attention. Problems generally arise because drivers don’t know what to look for as warning signs.
The transmission can be affected by several things, like overheating, heavy pulling, extreme hot weather, racing, stress via snow driving and excessive stop-and-go traffic. When the engine works overtime and heats up, the transmission burns more fluid in the car, truck or van.
Here are some things you can do to reduce damage to the transmission:
- Schedule a regular inspection of the transmission fluid levels and change when recommended.
- Stop the vehicle before shifting into reverse or park.
- Hold the brakes down when shifting from park.
- Check your parking space for leaks regularly and call us for an appointment if you notice fluid under your car.
- Avoid activities that put too much strain on the vehicle, like racing, heavy pulling for long periods of time and so forth.
Regular transmission service can increase your vehicle’s lifespan and save you a lot of money in costly repairs. At JP’s Car Care, we’d be happy to check out your transmission and talk to you about any questions you might have.