Long Lasting Transmission Tips
Our Long Lasting Transmission Tips
Increase the Lifespan of Your Transmission
At Crown Transmissions, we take pride in our ability to improve the health of your transmission. After all, your vehicle is a vital component of your day-to-day life. Without it, you can’t go to work, take your child to school, arrive on-time at important meetings, or run necessary errands. As the main cog in the wheel of transportation, the status of your vehicle is of the utmost importance. A long lasting transmission is the key to optimum status.
To encourage a long lasting transmission, follow these ten tips:
1. Give your transmission a much-needed boost.
Help your transmission by looking for products on the automotive market that can increase the lifespan of your transmission while improving the overall performance of your vehicle. Products could include friction modifying additives, higher quality oil, and other transmission fluids. While booster products cost more in the short-run, they save a significant amount of money in the long-run, keeping your transmission from failing before its time.
2. Let your brakes breathe.
Riding your brakes too harshly can lower the lifespan of your transmission by ten years or more. Pay close to attention to your braking methods for a long lasting transmission. It may help to have an application track your braking and turning habits. The more you work to improve, the more your transmission will thank you. Going easy on your brakes can also decrease the probability that you’ll need to replace your brake pads more than once. If you notice your brakes sticking, visit a car repair center immediately, as this can be a sign that your brake pads are deteriorating.
3. Check your fluids regularly.
Keeping a close watch on your transmission fluid (and your oil) can help keep your vehicle running smoothly. This is perhaps one of the most effective and efficient ways to ensure your transmission remains healthy. Having your fluids checked will also give our technicians the opportunity to identify other possible issues with your transmission. Or, more importantly, to rule them out.
4. Keep your vehicle in the proper gear at all times.
When you try to drive your vehicle in the wrong gear, your transmission is damaged. Even minor increments of wear and tear can add up over time. When driving a manual, pay close attention to your gear number. When driving an automatic, make sure you are in the recommended “drive” mode before leaving your driveway. Generally speaking, drivers capable of running a manual transmission are prepared to switch gears on the roadway. However, if you lend your vehicle to someone else, they may not be as handy with your stick shift.
5. Do not shift while your vehicle is in motion.
When switching between gears, make sure your vehicle comes to a complete stop. Otherwise, you could weaken or strip the gears of your transmission. Trust us, stopping is worth the extra few seconds for a long lasting transmission.
6. Invest in tune-up appointments.
Don’t miss your regular maintenance appointments. This includes oil changes, fluid changes, and cleanings. Your vehicle is an important part of your daily life, as we’ve already established. That means taking care of it – just like you would take your child to the doctor or the dentist, or both! The damage that can be done to your vehicle between check-ups is overwhelming, so don’t take the risk by saying “nevermind.”
7. Think twice before hauling heavy loads.
Hauling heavy vehicles or trailers with your car, no matter how large, can be detrimental to your transmission. The only exception is if you own a heavy-duty vehicle that is specifically designed for such use. If your friend needs a tow, consider calling a tow truck and splitting the cost. This is still a better solution than hurting your transmission.
8. Take care of maintenance concerns and repairs as soon as possible.
When you notice grinding gears, difficult switching between gears, odd smells, or smoke coming from underneath the hood, see a team of professionals immediately. These problems can accelerate quickly if left unattended, and that’s a chance you don’t want to take. A complete transmission rebuild is far more expensive than a transmission repair. And buying a new vehicle altogether is even more expensive than a transmission rebuild.
9. Give your vehicle time to warm up.
During both cold and warm weather driving, give your vehicle five minutes before putting it into gear. This is especially important when the weather is below freezing. Remember, starting your vehicle periodically throughout the winter is a must.
10. Keep your vehicle cool.
While you should give your vehicle time to warm up before pulling into motion, you should also give your transmission frequent breaks on long road trips.