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4 Ways to Take the Sting Out of Transmission Repair

The best way to take the sting out of transmission repair is to keep your vehicle in good running shape. This way, you’ll get both the safety and performance that your car or truck was designed for.

The transmission is one of the most important elements of a car’s drive train. The fact that most car’s have a complex drive train-means the most serious operations and repairs will have to be done in a specialty shop.


1. Reduce the Heat

Heat will be your transmission’s biggest enemy. If you operate your car under difficult conditions such as towing heavy loads, racing, or placing your car in drive and reverse to overcome mud or snow, it’s highly likely you’ll shorten the transmission’s life span.

2. Service the Trans on Schedule

Check your transmission fluid on a regular basis. The color should be a clean red, and if the fluid smells burned, you should change it immediately. A word of caution is not to mix transmission fluid brands. Check with your owner’s manual to see the recommended type, and how often it needs to be changed.

3. Make Complete Stops

Come to a complete stop before putting your car in reverse. Failing to do this is one of the top reasons a transmission will burn out before its time. Make a habit of placing your car’s gears in park only after you’ve engaged the parking brake, and change gears from park to drive only when the engine is at idle.

4. Don’t Tow Loads Uphill

If you’re towing a heavy load uphill, be sure and disengage the overdrive feature in your car; if your car is equipped with this option. Your overdrive is the highest gear in the transmission, and it allows the vehicle to run at cruising speeds. Pulling heavy loads without torque puts unnecessary strain on a transmission.

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