At Autoworks in Ithaca, transmissions are our game, and taking care of them is at the top of our list of priorities. Here are 5 things you can do to take care of your transmission, from the pros:
Change your filter - If your transmission is past due for a filter change, you don’t know when or if it has been changed before, or you’re worried your transmission is acting up, have the filter replaced. Your filter is a necessary barrier to keep dirt and debris out of essential places, but if it's overdue for a change it can actually cause more damage than it prevents. Keep your filter changes up to date, it’ll go a long way towards ensuring your transmission keeps shifting smooth for years to come.
Replace your fluid - Transmission fluid lasts a long time, but not forever. It’s easy to forget about changing your transmission fluid, since it typically requires so little maintenance. Flushing your transmission fluid out and replacing it with new fluid is more complicated than an oil change, but in the right hands it’s a quick and straightforward process. If you need a fluid change, or think you might, let us know.
Go easy on the gas - A huge aspect of transmission longevity is how you drive. Don’t stomp the gas unless you need to, especially from a complete stop. Try to drive in a manner which encourages smooth shifts, and allows the car to shift into the highest available gear for smooth cruising. The less strain you put on your transmission, the more reliable it will be.
Pay attention to dashboard warning lights - If you see a dashboard warning lamp illuminate which concerns your transmission, don’t wait to have it checked out. While a check engine light is usually not a big deal, transmission warning lights should be taken seriously. Bring your car by and let us check it out, we will have an answer to your problem in no time.
Keep your transmission maintained - Last but not least, stay on top of maintenance. All these tips fall under this category, but maintenance also includes looking into strange noises or erratic transmission behavior, repairing faulty parts such as solenoids or vacuum modules, tracking down and stopping leaks, or any other issue your transmission may encounter. Stay vigilant in fixing problems as soon as they arise, and do what you can to keep them from popping up in the first place. Good maintenance is your first and last defense in taking care of your transmission.
With these 5 transmission tips, your transmission will stay in shape and keep you on the road, happily, safely, and comfortably. Autoworks is here to help you with any questions or transmission troubles that may arise, and is here to help you prevent problems before they start. Now that you know what your transmission needs, give us a call or come by today, and let one of our expert technicians get your transmission ready for the road ahead.
Thank you for visiting Autoworks in Ithaca, NY. Count on our automotive repair technicians to keep your car, truck, suv, or van on the roads longer and safer.