How to Extend the Life of Your Transmission

Other than a complete engine overhaul, the rebuild of your transmission is one of the most expensive automotive jobs there is. If your transmission fails, getting it fixed could set you back thousands of dollars and leave your vehicle out of commission for several weeks.

That is why it is so important to care for the transmission you have. Prevention is always preferable to cure, especially when it comes to the vehicle you drive. Whether your car is brand new or an older model, United Auto Care can help you keep your vehicle running like new, starting with that all-important transmission.

Look for Leaks

If you have a leak in your transmission, it is just a matter of time before you will be staring down a major repair bill. Finding a small leak early could help you head off the worst of the repairs and save you money in the long run.

The easiest way to spot a leak is to keep a cloth or other absorbent material under your car. Whether you line your garage floor with a special cloth or just place a piece of cardboard under your normal parking spot, you can look for telltale leaks and address them as quickly as possible.

Change Your Transmission Fluid Regularly

Just like your oil, the fluid in your transmission will benefit from regular changes. You do not have to change your transmission fluid as often as your oil, but changing it at the manufacturer’s recommended intervals can extend the life of your vehicle and save you a lot of money.

Take a look at your owner’s manual to find the recommended interval for transmission fluid changes. Be sure to use quality transmission oil that is designed for your vehicle and a good filter as well. The staff at United Auto Care can recommend a great fluid and filter combo for the vehicle you drive.

Drive Carefully

The way you drive can play a big role in how long your vehicle lasts and how well your transmission holds up. Fast starts, quick stops and frequent changes in speed will all place extra stress on your transmission, so aim for a steady speed and smooth operation.

If you have a manual transmission, pay attention to the way you shift and how smoothly you drive, and be wary of letting inexperienced drivers behind the wheel. While modern transmissions are more durable than their older counterparts, the impact of an inexperienced driver can create serious damage. If you must allow an inexperienced driver to operate your vehicle, the staff at United Auto Care can give you tips for safe and quiet operation.

If you want your transmission to last, you need to take proactive steps to extend its life. From detecting leaks early to changing the fluid to watching the way you drive, there are things you can do to make your transmission, and your entire car, last as long as possible.

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