Five Tips Toward Quality Transmission Maintenance
Your transmission is the most complex and expensive component of your vehicle. For this reason, it’s essential that you familiarize yourself with quality transmission maintenance. Otherwise, you could face expensive replacement and repair costs.
This could land you in a transmission shop like ours – speaking with a representative about your options. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we don’t want to see you too often! Frequent visits means frequent problems.
When you work with Crown Transmissions, we guarantee a secure, positive experience for both yourself and your vehicle. We also promise an affordable rate. Your comfort is important to us – and so is your safety.
In order to keep yourself (and your passengers) safe from a bad transmission, you should consider the following tips.
- Change your transmission fluid at least once every 100,000 miles. Some mechanics suggest 50,000 miles for smooth performance – and we’re no different. A happy transmission is a safe transmission. Fluid deteriorates over time. This means that heavy use (such as stop-and-go driving, heavy loads, and trailer towing) will make the deterioration process go even faster. Once your fluid has gone completely dark, the process is complete. Some common warning signs include a frequent burning odor or transmission mechanical problems. If you’re not sure when you need to replace your fluid, consult the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual.
- Inspect your transmission every two or three months – just to make sure it’s in good shape. You should look for a low fluid level, which might indicate a leak in the system. If you can find the leak, fix it and top off the level. Or, schedule an appointment to have your system checked out as soon as possible.
- Check the converter clutch wire if you’re having problems with an overheating transmission. All modern automatics require locking converters, which eliminate the tell-tale slip at cruising speeds and prevent excessive fuel usage. If you notice that your car is consistently running between three and five RPM on the highway, your clutch wire might not be activating the lockup mechanism correctly. The wire should be connected and intact. If not, you should speak with a specialist right away.
- Use the right stuff. If you use a generic transmission fluid, you’ll get a generic response. When it comes to your vehicle, using cheap ingredients makes for cheap result. Crown Transmissions doesn’t want you to come up empty handed. If you need help determining the best fluid for your vehicle, please let us know – we’ll be happy to provide a recommendation. We know how important your car is to you.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion. This is your baby, and it’s worth the extra effort. We’re willing to put in that effort. Are you willing to join us? If you have concerns about your transmission failing, it’s always a good idea to visit a mechanic at soon as possible. You’ll have a better idea of what’s wrong, how to fix it, and how much it’ll cost.
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