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Keep Your Transmission In Shape With These Tips

Going places? You won’t get far without a working transmission in your car. After the engine, the transmission is probably the second most important part in any moving vehicle. Despite this, and despite the fact that they can be quite expensive to replace, transmissions often are neglected or forgotten when it comes to maintenance and care.

To keep your transmission running as smoothly as possible, for as long as possible, follow these tips:

  • Check it. Specifically, check the oil, preferably at least once a month. Oil is everything when it comes to keeping your gearbox in shape. Besides providing lubrication, the oil (in an automatic transmission) literally is what propels your car forward, via the torque converter. You need to ensure that your oil is kept at a proper level — neither too high nor too low — and check it regularly to determine if it is burnt or dirty.
    Make sure your car isn’t running, open the hood, and locate the dipstick. Pull the dipstick out, wipe it clean of any oil, and then put it back in fully. Pull it back out, and then look for the marking that indicates its level. The type of marking varies between engines. Check your owners manual for more information.
  • Change it. In most cases, you should change or flush transmissions oil every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. However, if it has been 100,000 miles or more since the last change, you probably should not change it. Deposits may have built up because of the old oil, and a flush could break that debris loose and actually cause the mechanical problems you are trying to avoid. In this case, it’s best to have a professional service the transmission.
  • Take it easy. Overly aggressive acceleration, pulling heavy loads, changing directions without coming to a complete stop and anything else that puts added strain on the gears can cause wear and tear, eventually causing the gears to break.
  • Keep it cool. Excessive heat is the primary cause of oil deterioration, and therefore is a top cause of transmission failure. Heat comes from the strain that you place on the gears. So, if you can’t take it easy, and need your vehicle to tow cargo or do other heavy-duty work, it may pay to install an oil-cooling system.

There are many types of transmissions in use today, and each one has different specifications. Therefore, to ensure the proper maintenance and support for your particular model, contact the professionals at NYE Automotive Group, who proudly serve the Central New York area, including Madison County, Oneida, Utica and Syracuse.

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